Special Opportunity: Iowa Poet Laureate at Plot Twist Bookstore


Event date:
Friday, September 23, 2016 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address:
Plot Trist Book Store
502 N Ankeny Blvd. #6

Plot Twist Bookstore is honored to host an evening with Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. This event will feature readings by Ms. Swander. Refreshments will be served.

Mary’s Biography

In 2009 Governor Chet Culver appointed Mary Swander the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. Her most recent book of poetry is The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point/Word Tech, 2009), a Mississippi River flood narrative. Swander has worked with the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre to create an performance piece of The Girls for the stage.

Currently, Swander is also touring her plays Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers and Map of my Kingdom, or Who’s Going to Get the Farm? Swander’s play Farmscape has been performed throughout the U.S. with a special performance for Secretary Vilsack at the U.S.D.A. Ice Cube Press published the play with a collection of essays in 2012. Swander is the co-founder of AgArts, a national group designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts.

PS. I have heard Mary “preform” and she is “fantastic.” Not hard to see why she is Iowa’s Poet Laureate. If you attend, you’re in for a treat!! Same category as Garrison Keillor, I’d say. GO



Author: iowagerry

Retired gentleman living with his wife and yellow lab in central Iowa. Charter member of Iowa Partners in Learning and the Ankeny Writers Workshop.

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