A Place for Poetry — in the Open

[imgbelt img=Swanderfarm520.jpg]Mary Swander reaches back to her farming ancestry to reach all Iowans, with poems.



Much of her own writing is informed by the western Iowa of her youth. “I’m very imprinted with the landscape,” she said. “I just love the openness.”

And she intends to extend programs to western Iowa. “People write off western Iowa as not a very cultural place,” Swander said. “That’s crazy.”