Bonnie Larson Staiger


P.O. Box 7370
Bismarck, ND 58507

Author's Bio

Bonnie Larson Staiger, North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate and a ND Humanities Scholar is the recipient of the ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award’ from North Dakota State University Press (2018), the Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite/Category Poetry (2019) for her debut collection, Destiny Manifested. Her second book In Plains Sight is forthcoming from NDSU Press in 2021.  Her award-winning poems have been included in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and publications. She thrives on the Great Plains not far from the Badlands of North Dakota. There she often writes of the poignant subtleties of life on the high plains of the New American West as well as a view of the world observed from that place. Some of the poets she has studied with: Richard Blanco, Kevin Pilkington, Ross Gay, Ilya Kaminsky, Tom Sleigh, and Kathleen Norris. 

Publications & Prizes

COSMOS (Poeming Pigeons, 2020)
Woven on the Wind (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
Leaning Into the Wind: Women Writers From the Heart of the West (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
Destiny Manifested (North Dakota State University Press, 2018)
Journals: ,
Faith and Form: Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture
Flying South
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Montana Mouthful
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Open: Journal of Arts & Letters
Pasque Petals
Pendora Magazine
Persimmon Tree
Poetic License
Prairie Fire
Sanskrit Review
Straight Forward
The Daily Palette
Prizes won: 
  • Associate Poet Laureate for North Dakota
  • Humanities ND Scholar
  • NDSU Press: Poetry of the Plains & Prairies Award (2018) 
  • Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite/Category Poetry (2019)
  • Great Midwest Poetry Contest Finalist (2020)
  • Schoolcraft College: Mini-MacGuffin 'Best of the Year' (2020)
  • Julia Darling Poetry Prize Finalist (2019)
  • Flying South Contest: Winston-Salem Writers (2019)
  • Writer in Residence: Fairhope (AL) Center for the Writing Arts (2020)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Poets: Kay Ryan, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, Rilke, Wordsworth, Shakespeare . . .
What I'm reading now: 
Synthesizing Gravity by Kay Ryan, Nine Gates (again) by Jane Hirshfield, The Art of Voice by Tony Hoagland, Haiku: This Other World by Richard Wright, Nebraska by Kwame Dawes

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North Dakota
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Last update: May 17, 2021