MA 47.1




2.0 linear feet (2 records center boxes)


David Dwyer was a poet and husband of Kathleen Norris. This collection is composed of Dwyer's works as a poet. Included are published works of poetry as well as other writings.

Historical Note

Poet David Dwyer grew up just north of New York City and commuted to high school in Manhattan. He moved from New York City to Lemmon, South Dakota with his wife, writer Kathleen Norris, when she inherited her maternal grandparents’ farm.

Dwyer’s first collection of poetry, “Ariana Olisvos: Her Last Works and Days,” won the Juniper Prize and was published in 1976 by the University of Massachusetts Press. His second book of poetry, “Other Men and Other Women,” was completed after receiving a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It was published in 1988 by Sandhills Press, Ord, Nebraska. Dwyer also published numerous poems in anthologies and literary magazines such as “The New York Quarterly,” “The Agni Review,” and “The Virginia Quarterly Review.”

David Dwyer died in 2003 at the age of 57 after a lengthy illness.

Content Notes

This collection is primarily composed of Dwyer's works as a poet. Included are published works of poetry as well as other writings.

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