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Prairie voices being captured, bound

December 6, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Glory Monson recently spent several hours with writers from Rugby, Towner and Drake. The meeting in Towner only solidified Monson's desire to help create a new outlet for writers in this region of North Dakota.

"We have a lot of artists and writers and musicians in Rugby," Monson said. "We can't really explain why we get so many people in the arts, but we really do. It's absolutely amazing."

Monson, the founder of Village Arts, Inc., is working with Rugby's Danielle Skjelver and Pierce County native Kristi Rendahl on the book "Voices on the Prairie." The anthology will include poems, short stories, essays and more from residents or former residents of Rugby and the 50-mile radius surrounding the city. The group is seeking all types of works, including fiction and nonfiction, to display the wide range of experiences and talents of people in the area.

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Pierce County native Kristi Rendahl, a contributor for the Village Arts’ book “Voices on the Prairie”, snapped this shot from her family’s farm near Fillmore, 10 miles north of Esmond.

Rendahl, who lives and works in Minneapolis, stresses that people shouldn't get hung up if they don't consider themselves writers.

"The main thing to keep in mind is that the idea doesn't have to be just about the prairie and there's this whole range of genres," Rendahl said.

Village Arts will self-publish the book and is accepting submissions through the early part of 2014 with hopes of completing the project before the end of next year. Typed work can be sent to P.O. Box 413 in Rugby or e-mailed to

The organizers are encouraging those interested by writing for the book themselves. Rendahl has journals from her great-grandmother's childhood in Norway and the Dakota territory. She is working on an idea of weaving her experiences with her ancestor's.

Monson plans on at least submitting some of her poetry.

"I'm writing a sequel to my novel that I self-published two years ago and maybe I'll publish a chapter from that," she said.

"Our goal is to publish a book an anthology perhaps an artist-type book with poems and short stories and essays, memoirs from your family."



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