...author, poet, humorist, playwright AND our Monday Zoom Lunch guest
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Mary Swander is our Potluck Zoom Monday lunch guest.
She was a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University, where she taught for 30 years, and has multiple bullet points to her bio.
Swander also teaches through poetry, essays, books, plays, and podcasts. The rural Amish area, where she calls home, inspired the name for her recent column, Mary Swander’s Buggyland. One of her laugh-out-loud columns appeared just before Thanksgiving: Only One Thing Dumber than a Turkey. All her columns are a pleasure to read. Swander is a teacher at heart, so she’s also incorporating a spotlight on new writers: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices. (Funds from paid subscribers will pay these newcomers for their work).
Mary Swander is a musician who lives with a companion named Banjo, a dog she acquired when the pandemic started. Quarantine has not ended for Swander as she has an underlying condition that means she cannot take the vaccine, and contracting the virus could be life-threatening. Her life was once filled with performance art, and now the only way she sees folks outside of a computer screen is outdoors and fully masked. She even remotely accepted the prestigious Women’s Hall of Fame award this year.
We’ll talk about this and how it has changed so many aspects of her life.
Swander was Iowa’s Poet Laureate from 2009-2019. What does that entail?
There are multiple layers to this unusually accomplished woman, and we’ll discover as much as we can in one hour tomorrow, Monday, December 12, starting at noon.
And I’m proud to call her a new friend.
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Have you seen Swander perform, attended her workshops, or listened to her podcasts? Tell us about it in the comment section.