Norma Wilson

Norma C. Wilson was born in Clarksville, Tennessee and she lived there for most of her life before moving to Oklahoma for graduate studies in English at the University of Oklahoma. She married Jerry Wilson, a fellow student, in 1973. She chose the title “Wild Iris” for her first book of poems, published in 1978. That same year she completed a Ph.D. and moved to join the English faculty at University of South Dakota. In 1980 she gave birth to a son, Walter; and in 1982, her daughter Laura was born. In January 1983 the family moved into a geo-solar house Jerry and Norma had built with the help of friends. She continued to write essays on literature and poetry. Her book “The Nature of Native American Poetry” was published by University of New Mexico Press in 2001. She received a poetry residency at Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojácar, Spain in 2002. She retired as USD English Professor Emerita in 2005. Her chapbook “Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. She edited the poetry anthology “Memory, Echo, Words” for Scurfpea Publishing in 2014. Her book “Rivers, Wings & Sky” with visual artist Nancy Losacker was released in 2016 by Scurfpea. She and Jerry and remain in their rural home writing and caring for our tall-grass prairie.