2011 South Dakota Senior Poet Laureate
Polliann Nuckolls Thomas
Polliann Nuckolls Thomas, 78, of Hot Springs, succeeds herself
as Senior Poet Laureate of South Dakota. She has been the
talented older cousin of contest administrator Wanda Sue Parrott since 1935.
Polli moved to South Dakota after retiring from apartment
management in Omaha, Nebraska. The only child of legendary
Iowa high school coach A. C. “Crook” Nuckolls, Polliann was a
star on the Glenwood High School girls basketball team. She
loves interior decorating, gardening, dogs and cats. She has a
daughter, Tami, and grandson Nic and his wife Sierra. Her red-
haired mother Lola was the sister of Wanda's red-haired mother,
Lois Marie, aka the Cain sisters of Westboro, Missouri. Polliann
is a blue-eyed, blonde Capricorn.