Marsha Mittman of Spearfish has been published in the popular book series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

book-coverMittman’s short story was chosen from thousands of entries to be featured in the latest edition of the series,“Time to Thrive.” The story is about Mittman’s decision move to Spearfish after traveling to eight states and somewhat haphazardly deciding to visit South Dakota. Her story, “Taking Flight,” features Spearfish, Rapid City, and Bear Butte. It recounts her decision to move from New York–a city of ten million, to Spearfish–a town of ten thousand.


Originally editor of an international company’s in-house magazine, Marsha Warren Mittman recently returned to writing after a long hiatus.

Eight poems and three short stories have been published in various anthologies and literary magazines including the popular globally distributed “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

This past winter Mittman was a featured reader at the Black Hills Writers’ Literary Gala held in Rapid City’s Journey Museum. Prior to this a chapbook was published for use in meditation and human potential programs held in twelve states.

A native New Yorker, Mittman has lived in Spearfish, SD for the past sixteen years. She is the recipient of seven Midwest writing awards, including both South Dakota State Poetry Society and High Plains Writers competitions.

Current projects include: 

  • “Patriarchal Chronicles,” a chapbook about female abuse observed in travels to over one hundred twenty-five countries on six continents
  • “More: A Most Extraordinary Journey,” a book-length memoir detailing her worldwide spiritual experiences from the Himalayas of Nepal and Andes of Peru, to the pyramids of Egypt and temples of India, to the mystique of the Far East and Australia.

Dates for book signings

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center will be hosting a book signing event for Mittman 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, May 8th and again Noon-2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9th. Both signing events are in the art gallery.

Books will be for sale at the event and Mittman will be available for signing and answering questions about her publication.