Public Reading of 2021 Writing Contest Winners

Bellman Brown Bag Series


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Join us at noon on Wednesday, September 8 for a public reading of the winning pieces of our 2021 Writing Contest. Most works will be presented by the authors themselves. The winners of this year’s Writing Contest include:

Adult Short Story
First Place – “Don’t Forget the Pickles” by Kelli Mutchler
Second Place – “Across the Sea” by John English
Third Place – “In the View of Aspens” by Kes Rooks

Adult Poetry
First Place – “FLY” by Linda Duede Starbuck
Second Place – “Home” by Bruce Roseland
Third Place – “Mother Sun” by Izabelle Hood

Children Short Story
First Place – “Kamar’s Origin Story” by Grace George

About the Bellman Brown Bag Series

The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art and culture. The Brown Bag program was developed by Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990’s. Recognizing the Matthews Opera House as an ideal venue for the exploration of humanities topics, he engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month.

Dr. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. His teaching career spanned thirty years. Bellman retired from BHSU and passed away in November 2002.

Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1pm. Designed to begin and end within the lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into themes that touch our daily lives.

Coffee for the Bellman Brown Bag Series is generously provided by Common Grounds in Spearfish, SD.




Date and Time:


Wednesday, September 8, 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Spearfish, SD 57783 + Google Map

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