Bruce Roseland

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Poet Laureate of South Dakota, 2023–

Bruce Roseland is a fourth-generation cattleman who grew up on a ranch near Seneca in South Dakota. He received a MA in sociology from the University of North Dakota in 1980.

Roseland is the author of six poetry collections: Heart of the Prairie (Scurfpea Publishing, 2021), which received the 2022 Will Rogers Medallion; Cowman (Church of the Holy Sunrise) (Scurfpea Publishing, 2018), winner of the 2019 Will Rogers Medallion; Gift of Moments (Self-published, 2016); Song for My Mother (Self-published, 2014); A Prairie Prayer (North Dakota State University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion; and The Last Buffalo (Ndirs, 2006), which received the 2007 Wrangler Award.

Roseland is president emeritus of the South Dakota State Poetry Society and a South Dakota Humanities Scholar.

A resident of Spearfish, Roseland still works on his family ranch outside of Seneca and is the eighth poet laureate of South Dakota.