A popular event is being revived in Des Moines

...mark your calendar for Poetry Palooza

Our Monday Lunch guests last week demonstrated the art of poetry is alive and growing. Check out Poetry Palooza, April 6-8, 2023. And watch the video to ‘meet’ the organizers and find out what they are planning.

This coming Monday, my guest will be Ian MacDougall, a worldwide leader studying business and organizational life cycles. Too big to fail? Nope.

MacDougall talks about the stages of organizational development, from the go-go startup to the bloated bureaucracy phases. How can established organizations stay nimble while growing exponentially?

Whether you lead a company, aspire to do so, or serve on a board of directors, you might learn something to help your organization thrive.

Here is the link for the Monday Zoom conversation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87500583897

All subscribers, free and paid, are welcome to attend.

We do appreciate our paid subscribers. You make possible a variety of scholarships to the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat.

Okoboji bound?

The Okoboji Writers’ Retreat is filling fast. If you’ve considered attending this, please enroll now so you can reserve your place (the fee is refundable, except for a bank service charge, until September 1). If you need financial assistance to attend, partial and complete scholarships are available. There’s a story in everyone, and all skill levels are welcome. Yes, that means you, too. We have an equal mix of professional writers and hobbyists who want to communicate more effectively.

Enroll: Okoboji Writers’ Retreat


Rekha Basu and I are about to launch a podcast titled: What the hell happened to Iowa? Click the link to hear our opening theme song by Tina Haase Findlay.

Iowa Writers’ Collaborative

Last but certainly not least, the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative columnists serve an essential purpose by providing excellent, provocative, and informed commentary on many critical issues to Iowans. Please check it out if you haven’t already, and subscribe to the weekly roundup. It provides links to columns posted that week. You’ll find thought-provoking opinions, sports coverage, poetry, visual arts reviews, and more.

Iowa Writers’ Collaborative Columnists 

Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Nik Heftman, The Seven Times, Los Angeles and Iowa
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer, Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Kyle Munson, Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen, The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics: Behind the Curtains, Washington, D.C.
Macey Spensley, The Midwest Creative, Davenport and Des Moines
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices, Kalona
Cheryl Tevis: Unfinished Business, Boone County
Ed Tibbetts: Along the Mississippi, Davenport
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines

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