Author Talks: Jean Helmer

Belle Fourche Writers

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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]

Featured author…

March 28: Jean Helmer

On March 28, Jean Helmer joins us from Belle Fourche Writers to present From Plains, Podiums, and Pulpits. Helmer’s writing is drawn from roots in high plains agriculture, from her years in education, and from years as a country pastor. A past director of Dakota Writing Project’s Summer institutes, ranch kid/educator/pastor has been published in WyoPoets 2020 Chapbook, in several editions of South Dakota State Poetry Society’s Pasque Petals, in Gyroscope, and in various anthologies and newspapers. Bring your paper and a writing instrument. This Author Talk is interactive!


Coming Soon…

April 4: Robin Carmody

Robin, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, felt a longing for the Black Hills for as long as she can remember. A modern-day kindred spirit of those early pioneers, Robin’s background includes earning a Class A CDL license, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and being Chairperson of the Early Childhood Department at Bay State College in Boston.

For many years, she has devoted time to historical research of Wild Bill Hickok, his circle of friends, and the Black Hills area.

Robin is a mother of two fiercely independent, successful adult children and Nana to two beautiful, energetic grandchildren for whom she originally conceived the idea of the “But Nana” books. Her hobbies include knitting, quilting, participating in donation drives, and traveling.

For the Author Talks presentation, Robin will discuss the four books in the “But Nana” children’s book series, and how her research on Wild Bill Hickok began decades ago, bringing her to this point in time.


Date and Time:


Tuesday, March 28, 2023


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm



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