Plains Writers Series, Dean Jacobs Presentation Provided Through Zoom Wednesday

WAYNE – A pair of virtual events will be taking place this week hosted by Wayne State College.

According to a release from WSC, the Language and Literature Department, School of Arts and Humanities and WSC Press will host this fall’s Plains Writers Series on Wednesday, October 21. Another event includes a presentation from a 1986 WSC grad on “Why We Need to Continue Exploring During COIVD-19”.

Both zoom events will take place at 4 p.m. as information on how to visit each link is found at the bottom of this story.

The Plains Writers Series is hosted several times a year to bring attention to the prose and poetry of Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences. This Plains Writers Series will highlight Jim Reese. Reese is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty University in Yankton, S.D.  His awards include a First Place Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty University, and a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton.

Books by Reese include ‘These Trespasses’ (The Backwaters Press, 2005), ‘Ghost on 3rd’ (New York Quarterly Books, 2010) and ‘Really Happy!’ (New York Quarterly Books, 2014). A fourth collection, ‘Dancing Room Only’, is forthcoming by New York Quarterly Books in 2021. His first book of nonfiction, ‘Bone Chalk’, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in December 2019.

The readings will be hosted via Zoom at 4 p.m. as this event is in collaboration with the Visiting Writers Series at Northeast Community College. The Zoom link will be made available at

For more information about the Plains Writers Series, contact Chad Christensen, WSC Press Managing Editor at 402-375-7118 or email


For the presentation from Dean Jacobs, all are invited to hear some tips about how and why we need to continue exploring in today’s world. Life is filled with challenges and Covid-19 is the latest challenge that will test our commitment and capacity to believe in our hopes and dreams.

Jacobs, has traversed across the globe exploring more than 50 countries. He was born in Wahoo and spent his early years living on a farm. When he was five, his family moved to Fremont. He graduated from Wayne State College earning a degree in biology, with minors in Earth science and art. After graduating, he worked in the administration of Wayne State College as the assistant to the president before moving on to Purina Mills. Eventually this path led him to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, where he was employed in sales and marketing for 10 years. After a great deal of soul searching, he left the security of corporate America and decided to pursue other dreams. This was the beginning of a process that would lead to a traveling adventure that would initially span 22 1/2 months and cover 28 countries.

Attendees can either watch the presentation at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the big screen in Connell 131 where the group will socially distance students, faculty and staff on a first come, first serve basis or join the Zoom meeting the link below.

Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 934 0011 1919
Passcode: 714392

Join by phone: (312) 626-6799