About Our Featured Writers

PEN PEARSON is the author of two books of poetry and Bloomsbury's Late Rose, a novel about Edwardian poet Charlotte Mew. Her current project is a memoir about caring for her father before his death from lung cancer. Pearson is a professor of English at Northern State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. She has lived in South Dakota her entire adult life, earning an M.A. in English from SDSU and a Ph.D. in English from USD before taking her position at NSU in 2002. Pearson is also the founder and director of A Writer Reads, a series that brings at least two visiting writers to NSU’s campus annually, and an advisor to Northern Lights, NSU’s student literary magazine

Zedeka Poindexter is an Omaha born and raised artist. She is the first and only female Omaha city slam champion. As a member of Omaha’s poetry slam team, she qualified for semi-finals at the National Poetry Slam. Only one other team achieved this honor in its 13-year history. Her work has been published by online literary magazine The New and Alight: Best Loved Poems from the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. In 2005 and 2013, she was nominated for an Omaha Entertainment and Arts award in the category of slam poetry.