2019 International Convention
March 27 - March 30, 2019
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
St. Louis, MO
Thank you all for attending!
in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 25-28, 2020
Work in Progress
Thursday, March 28
Meet & Greet Meet at the Budweiser Brew House Crown Room (601 Clark Avenue, Unit #101, 1st Floor) at 5:00
The Meet and Greet gives our members a chance to meet others from around the country. This event is hosted by the SKD National Board, and food and non-alcoholic beverages are served. We regularly hold an “ice-breaker” game, and Dr. William Johnson, Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta, usually stops by. A limited amount of SKD merchandise will be available for purchase. There is a $5.00 reservation fee that will be collected at the time of convention registration
Friday, March 29
SKD Member Roundtable: Grit Happens: Strategies for Developing Your Potential Session D-18 9:30-10:45
SKD Members will describe how they have overcome obstacles using or watching others use grit.
Linda Kraeger Awards Luncheon Meet in the Hotel Lobby or find your way to Tony's (410 Market Street) at 11:00
At this luncheon we honor those individuals who have won the national writing contests and scholarships, and we also present the chapter awards for best literary magazine and chapter activity. There will be menu selections which must be made in advance of the convention dates. There is a $5.00 reservation fee that will be collected at the time of convention registration.
Saturday, March 30
SKD Advisor Roundtable: A Labor of Love: Feeding Your Soul Through Chapter Sponsorship Session H-17 9:30-10:45
Participants will share how working for their chapter leads to intangible rewards.
SKD Student Meeting Time: 12:30-1:45 Location: Ballpark 1 (1st Floor)
Each chapter should send 1-2 representatives to this information session where students will be able to make suggestions concerning their organization. We hope to have a lively discussion among Sigma Kappa Delta student members. The students will meet with National Office personnel to voice any concerns or comments.
SKD Advisor Meeting Time: 12:30-1:45 Location: Ballpark 2 (1st Floor)
This is a chance to learn more about Sigma Kappa Delta through the eyes of other chapters. Board Members meet with the faculty advisors to address comments and concerns. Elections for the 2019-2021 Board of Directors will be held. Each chapter represented will have one vote.
Work & Days
by Tess Taylor
Tess Taylor’s poems challenge readers to reflect on work, on the comfort and purpose it offers in an uncertain and disorienting world. Taylor’s cycle of agricultural poems builds upon the classical model of Virgil’s Georgics, confronting topics recognizable to contemporary readers: climate change, war, and personal sorrow. Despite grappling with these difficult topics, Work & Days remains hopeful.
In 2010, Tess Taylor was awarded the Amy Clampitt Fellowship. Her prize: A rent-free year in a cottage in the Berkshires, where she could finish a first book. But Taylor--outside the city for the first time in nearly a decade, and trying to conceive her first child--found herself alone. To break up her days, she began to intern on a small farm, planting leeks, turning compost, and weeding kale. In this calendric cycle of 28 poems, Taylor describes the work of this year, considering what attending to vegetables on a small field might achieve now. Against a backdrop of drone strikes, ""methamphetamine and global economic crisis,"" these poems embark on a rich exploration of season, self, food, and place. Threading through the farm poets--Hesiod, Virgil, and John Clare--Taylor revisits the project of small scale farming at the troubled beginning of the 21st century. In poems full of bounty, loss and the mysteries of the body, Taylor offers a rich, severe, memorable meditation about what it means to try to connect our bodies and our time on earth.