The Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) will be held October 6-8, 2022 at the University of Minnesota Morris.
The festival aims to build the role of the literary arts in Morris and the surrounding community. Aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts are invited to enjoy free public readings as well as workshops and discussions with nationally and internationally recognized authors.
The focus will be on Native North American and Indigenous culture as seen through first peoples writing. Featured Indigenous authors include Walter LaBatte, Thomas Peacock, Teresa Peterson, Gwen Nell Westerman and Joshua Whitehead.
- Thomas Peacock, a Minnesota Book Award winner, is the author of a dozen books on Ojibwe history and culture, Native education, racism, and fiction.
- Gwen Nell Westerman is the current poet laureate of Minnesota.
- Joshua Whitehead is a two-spirit poet and novelist from Canada.
- Teresa Peterson and Walter LaBatte are co-authors of Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers. Peterson is an alum of UMN Morris.