Bill Holm 1943-2009 / Minnesota loses...

Bill Holm 1943-2009 / Minnesota loses a piece of its soul

There are 13 comments on the story from Feb 26, 2009, titled Bill Holm 1943-2009 / Minnesota loses a piece of its soul. In it, reports that:

Writer Bill Holm was an Icelandic giant with a fondness for box elder bugs. When his creative-writing students at Southwest Minnesota State University complained one day of having nothing to write about, he ...

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Cottage Grove, MN

#1 Feb 27, 2009
Because I lived and taught near Minneota for nearly twenty years, I was able to meet Bill Holm several times. Sometimes that meeting came under formal circumstances, like a presentation about writing or about his experience teaching in China. Other chance meetings would occur in a place like a small-town cafe. Always he was larger than life, always thoroughly enjoying life. I so appreciated that he always returned to southwestern Minnesota. The winters are wild there, but the people are very dear.
Once on public radio he said that he had just finished judging a writing contest in Wyoming. He said every single submission was too long, and he blamed writers' use of wordprocessing. He said that writers fell in love with the look of their writing on the screen and wouldn't edit or revise. He much preferred writing by hand, and the self-editing that was part of that.
My sympathy to his family.
Mike Hazard

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Feb 27, 2009
Hear the late great poet speak about the great late politician Paul Wellstone here:

me in st paul

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Feb 27, 2009
I loved his writing - that will live on. He'll be missed by many in western MN. Every one knows him out there.
rosalie Matsuoka

Chappaqua, NY

#4 Feb 27, 2009
another great, touching story which brings Minnesota alive to us outsiders!

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Feb 27, 2009
I was a student of Bill's at SSU. A great man.

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Feb 27, 2009
Mike Hazard wrote:
Hear the late great poet speak about the great late politician Paul Wellstone here: =5gRL4SiKsqoXX
Lord, Wellstone's been dead for years already, let the man go.

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 27, 2009
This isn't the time for a comment like this. Some respect, please.
Reader wrote:
Who? Irelevant as that sap Keillor.
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Eden Prairie, MN

#10 Feb 27, 2009
Keillor has become like the Simpson's TV show. Banal as a walking down the City Center Mall. Hey it rhymes.

I'm more into reality than poetry.

United States

#11 Feb 27, 2009
He was a big man, with a big personality and a big heart with room for all. I will miss him.
Debra Haessly

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Feb 27, 2009
Thank you Mary Divine for this excellent article that shares with the world the spirit and contributions of this man we, as Minnesotans, were so lucky to have as a neighbor. Coming Home Crazy is one of my all time favorite books and I believe influenced my beliefs about culture so many years ago. Thanks Mr. Holm for being you and having the courage and dedication to share your thoughts with the rest of us. I too love Iceland and though I never met you, I feel there is a connection that transcends the physical that joins all who appreciate your work, the insights on your travels, and your solid footing of home and heart.

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 28, 2009

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