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Poetry by Hicks Featured in SDPB’s 'Over South Dakota'

Poetry by Dr. Patrick Hicks, Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, department chairman and associate professor of English, and works by other poets with South Dakota ties, will be featured in "Over South Dakota" a new, hour-long aerial tour of South Dakota produced by SDPB. The program will premier on Sunday, March 4.

Shot in high definition this past summer by SkyWorks, an internationally acclaimed production facility, the program includes footage from the villages and cities to the plains and mountains.

Hicks’ poetic verses, which are narrated over breathtaking aerial images of Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, squares of cropland, running horses and a windblown prairie, are from the introduction to “A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry,” an anthology of poets associated with South Dakota, for which Hicks served as editor.

The book, published by the Center for Western Studies, was recently named a finalist in the High Plains Book Award’s “best poetry” category.

SkyWorks spent about two weeks in the state, capturing scenes from throughout South Dakota. The footage is being utilized by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and by its partners the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development.