Anne Dilenschneider


Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 906-5404

Author's Bio

     Anne Dilenschneider grew up in Ohio, blessed with parents who love literature and history, language and culture. Their family camping trips introduced her to the wide skies of the West. As a result, Anne has spent her adult life living west of the Mississippi River. She currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

     She works as a counselor because she believes in the healing power of stories. Daily, she encourages people to speak their truth in their own unique voices. Over the years, Anne has heard the stories of Native and First Nations women, and the stories of recent immigrants. She’s heard stories in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Haiti. She’s listened to women from Chile, Japan, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Kuwait, India, and Israel.

     As a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar, Anne shares the story of the Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum (the linchpin of federal “Indian” policy from 1902-1933). She is involved in a related restorative justice project; for 6 years, she has been gathering the stories of inmates and staff.

     Anne is also an award-winning poet and writer. She says of her writing: “All of it is true, and some of it is fact.” Her work has been published in a number of magazines and journals. She has won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Universities West Press, and the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. She is listed as a poet in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers. Her research on the power of stories to heal trauma was the basis for her clinical psychology dissertation, Refusing to Be Put Aside: Women and the Meaning of Betrayal.

     Finally, Anne’s greatest hope is that her children and grandchildren will be curious about, and welcoming of, the stories of the people they are living with in countries across the world.

Publications & Prizes

Alive Now
Between: Pacifica Graduate Institute Literary Review
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Pasque Petals
The Juggler
The Salt Reader
Prizes won: 

2018        1st Runner Up for the novel, Defying Gravity, Blazing Lantern Press, South Dakota.   

2016        South Dakota State Poetry Contest, Third Place, for the poem “Homestead.”

2003        Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, Semi-Finalist, for the novel, Defying Gravity.

2003        Emily Dickinson Awards In Poetry Contest 2002, Honorable Mention, for a set of bi-lingual poems.

2002        Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt Prize, "Soul Making Literary Competition 2001-2002,"

                National League of American Pen Women, Honorable Mention, for Defying Gravity.

2001        Janice Farrell Award, "Soul Making Literary Competition 2000," National League of American Pen

                Women, Third Place, for the bi-lingual poem "La Manzana."

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Fort George G Meade, MD
Raised in: 
Columbus, OH
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Last update: May 28, 2019