David Allan Evans Papers

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David Allan Evans Papers


  • 1957-2012 (Accumulation)


14.15 linear feet (12 records boxes, 1 oversize box)

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Born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1940, David Allan Evans went to college on a football scholarship, and by the time he graduated, he was writing poems and short stories. He has degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, the University of Iowa, and the University of Arkansas, where he got his MFA in creative writing. / He has lived in Brookings, South Dakota since 1968, where he is a professor of English and Writer in Residence at South Dakota State University. He is the author of five books of poetry, and the author or editor of seven other books. / In 1974 he was the first South Dakotan to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He also has writing grants from the Bush Artist foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the South Dakota Arts Council. His poems, short stories, and essays have been published in many magazines and journals and in over 60 anthologies, including Best Poems of 1969 (The Borestone Awards), Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest, The Norton Book of Sports, The Sporting Life, Imaging Home, Poetspeak, Motion: American Sports Poems, and Fathers. / A number of his poems have been re-printed frequently in well-known sports literature anthologies as well as K-12 text books. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to China twice, once in Nanjing, China and once in Guangzhou. He has done residencies for the South Dakota Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council, and Wyoming Arts Council for over 25 years. He is listed in Contemporary Authors, International Authors and Writers Who's Who, and Who's Who in America.

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This collection is composed of material related to activities in which Evans was involved in during his career, newspaper clippings of articles featuring Evans, reviews of books and poetry written by Evans, material collected and gathered by Evans over the course of his trips to China and the writings the occurred as a result of these trips, publications, poems and books authored or co-authored by Evans and published, Evans works as they appeared in anthologies, textbooks and other publications, reviews of Evans works as reviewed by his peers, and manuscripts of poems, essays, writings and talks.

Included are files related to his work as Poet Laureate of South Dakota, articles related to his career as a writer, correspondence, diaries, research, copies of published books, clippings, journals, and manuscripts of early versions of Evans works that include notations by the author.

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This collection is arranged into series:

  • Series 1. Activities
  • Series 2. Articles About Evans
  • Series 3. Book Reviews By Evans
  • Series 4. China trip
  • Series 5. Collected Material
  • Series 6. Correspondence
  • Series 7. General files
  • Series 8. Periodicals: Essays, Articles, and Short Stories
  • Series 9. Periodicals: Poetry
  • Series 10. Published books
  • Series 11. Reviews of Evans
  • Series 12. Works in anthologies, textbooks, and other publications
  • Series 13. Writings

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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After the Swan Dive by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 A67 2008
Publication Date: 2008 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127627270003641

Among Athletes by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PN6110.S65 E9
Publication Date: 197- https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7126882030003641

Decent Dangers by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 D43 2000
Publication Date: 2000 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7128417980003641

Each Day You're Gone by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 E32 2008
Publication Date: 2008 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127621010003641

Hanging Out With the Crows by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 H36 1991
Publication Date: 1991 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127632750003641

Images of Place : Paintings and Poems by David Allan Evans and Gary Steinley
Call Number: ND230.S8 E92 2007
Publication Date: 2007 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7131853390003641

Real and False Alarms by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 R4 1985
Publication Date: 1985 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127818200003641

The Bull Rider's Advice : New and Selected Poems by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 B85 2003
Publication Date: 2003 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7126069350003641

This Water, These Rocks by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 T44 2009
Publication Date: 2009 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7131039450003641

Train Windows by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 T7
Publication Date: 1976 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7126209070003641

Double Happiness: Two Lives in China by David Allan Evans and Jan Evans
Call Number: DS712 .E88 1995
Publication Date: 1995

New Voices in American Poetry: an anthology by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS613 .E9
Publication Date: 1973 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7125669980003641

Remembering the Soos by David Allan Evans
Call Number: PS3555.V214 R45 1986
Publication Date: 198 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127528760003641

Skeletons of the prairie : Abadoned rural Codington County, South Dakota by text by Ried Holien ; photographs by S. Paul Tuszynski, with a foreword by David Allan Evans
Call Number: F657.C8 H65 2000
Publication Date: 2000

What the Tallgrass Says by David Allan Evans
Call Number: F656 W45
Publication Date: 1982 https://sdstate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/10n5bmu/01SDBOR_ALMA7127381290003641

Over 250 poems published or forthcoming in Southern Review, North American Review, Esquire, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Chariton Review, Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, The Mid-America Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Witness, Kansas Quarterly, Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, and others.

Poems, short stories, and essays have been reprinted in over 60 anthologies and textbooks including Heartland: Poets of the Midwest, The Sporting Life, Splash!: Great Writing About Swimming, American Sports Poems, Imaging Home: Writing About the Midwest, The Norton Book of Sports, Best Poems of 1969 (Borestone Awards), and others.

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UA 53.16

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