Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His books include These Trespasses (The Backwaters Press), ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books), and Really Happy! (New York Quarterly Books). A fourth collection, Dancing Room Only, will be released by New York Quarterly Books in 2019.
Reese won First Place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty College, and he has received a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 2017 Reese became a Contractual Education Instructor for the South Dakota Department of Corrections Writing for Reentry Program.