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Author Talks at the Matthews returns with a new lineup of local writers ready to dive into their stories, their methods, and their inspirations. Join us in the fireplace room every Tuesday at 12:30 for an hour with some of the best authors in the Black Hills area!
Are you interested in presenting an Author Talk? Contact us at 605-717-6967 or [email protected]
February 7: Belle Fourche Writers
Join us Tuesday, February 7 at 12:30 as members of Belle Fourche Writers present Family Stories Revisited. Authors Jean Helmer and Margaret “Margie” Bolte will share stories of their writing journeys and their works in progress, including a story based on an old Mexican folklore tale of The Weeping Woman.
Margie Bolte retired to Belle Fourche, her husband Dave’s hometown, following a career in the U.S. Public Health Service. She served as a Safety and Health Educator with the Food & Drug Administration and with Indian Health Services. She grew up in eastern Colorado and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Jean Helmer, 4th generation South Dakotan, taught in PeeWee Prep School, Belle Fourche High School, Black Hills State University, and in National Writing Project Summer Institutes. She pastored rural parishes in Butte and Harding Counties. Her works appear in Pasque Petals, and anthologies and newspapers in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota.
February 21: Robyn VanDersys
Robyn VanDerSys was born in Washington State, which is where her love for the great outdoors was born. She has lived in several different states and in 2015 settled in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband and kids.
Her life has consisted of one adventure to the next, including racing monster trucks in her early twenties, raising three strong children, riding around Mexico on her four wheeler while living out of a backpack, and volunteering on a chase team while her husband raced the Baja 1000.
She spends her free time off-roading and hiking the many trails of the Black Hills, and also enjoys traveling and having as many adventures as humanly possible.