Norma C. Wilson’s writing has taken her full circle from poetry to literary analysis and back. Her books include Wild Iris (poems, 1978), The Nature of Native American Poetry (2001), Under the Rainbow:  Poems from Mojácar (2012), Rivers, Wings & Sky with visual artist Nancy Losacker and Frog Creek Road (2019).  She and her husband, Jerry Wilson, co-wrote the film script for South Dakota: A Meeting of Cultures (1985).  She co-edited One-Room Country School:  South Dakota Stories (1999) with Charles Woodard and edited Memory, Echo, Words, a poetry anthology (2014). 
After completing a PhD in English at the University of Oklahoma, Wilson joined the University of South Dakota English faculty in 1978.  Upon retirement in 2005, she was named Professor Emerita. Wilson received USD's Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and presented the College of Arts and Science's Harrington Lecture in 2004.  With Nancy Losacker, she received a 2013-14 grant from the South Dakota Arts Council for their collaborative exhibit, Rivers, Wings, and SkyThrough the sponsorship of Yankton Area Arts, Wilson and Losacker were awarded a 2014 Media Grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council to develop presentations on their exhibit. Rivers, Wings & Sky was featured in eight galleries in North and South Dakota, and Iowa. Publishers of Norma's poetry include South Dakota Magazine, Paddlefish, Prairie Fire, Caduceus, South Dakota Review, Village Books Press the South Dakota State Poetry Society and Scurfpea Publishing. Wilson is a member of the Women Poets Collective.  She serves as Secretary on South Dakota State Poetry Society's board of directors.  She and her husband, Jerry Wilson, live in a geo-solar house they built above the Missouri River valley in rural Vermillion, South Dakota. There they work to conserve the nature that remains. Norma will read from her new book Frog Creek Road at the 2019 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.