Volume II, Issue 1 - Fall 2015

Volume II, Issue 1

Fall 2015

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An Iowa animal rights activist talks about how her grassroots fight against puppy mills began, and how it's grown.
by Mary LaHay
Short story

A new short story from the author of "Possum Trot."

Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
by Frederick L. Kirschenmann
Local History

On Wednesdays, when Shirley Springer’s dad shut the door of the drugstore in Garwin, Iowa, the best part of the week was about to begin.
by Frank Heath

This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.
Personal essay

Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
by Cornelia F. Mutel

A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
by William G. Stowe
Publisher's note

An appreciation for Richard Fyffe, Librarian of Grinnell College, who died untimely from ALS in November 2015
by Jon Andelson
Editor's note

This Washington State native discusses the way the prairie got past her skepticism and carved itself into her heart and mind.
by Madeline Warnick
Editor's note

Our other editor for this issue, a native of New York state, also unlearned many of her prejudices before she came to treasure the prairie.
by Emma Thomasch

This photographer's images of the living prairie move easily from the micro to the macro.
Personal essay

An anthropologist meditates on his relationship to these slow residents of the prairie.
by John C. Whittaker

This nature photographer provided us with the perfect photographs to accompany John Whittaker's personal essay.

This photographer is a compusive creator whose main complaint about the Midwest prairie is its absence of waterfalls.

This retired teacher spends time in a much larger classroom these days, as his picture demonstrates.
by John Clayton

To catch the expressive way prairie flowers reach for the sky, Madeline Howland prefers the simplest tools: graphite and a sketchbook.

An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.
Personal essay

While writer Betty Moffett's husband Sandy works at prairie restoration, she cultivates a different kind of relationship with the land.
by Betty Moffett