Publisher's note

As a multimedia journal, Rootstalk offers words, pictures, video and sound. Does the future hold smell as well?
by Jon Andelson
Editor's note

When the spring comes around, Midwesterners hit the road.
by Mark Baechtel
Essay

What's an East Coast transplant to do when she doesn't feel she fits in the Midwest? Fill a car with friends and head for Davenport, Iowa.
by Tracy Harris
Poetry

Roadtrips aren't just fodder for travelogues, as this poet shows us. They produce poems, too.
by Stephanie L. Harper
Essay

Grief is this writer's companion as he drives from Red Wing, Minnesota, to Minneapolis.
by Damian Johansson
Poetry

A Georgia poet celebrates the spirits of Spring.
by Fabrice Poussin
Essay

Where can you find the essential Iowa? Not in a single place, as this writer found, on the road with his father and a van full of friends.
by Colin Lewis-Beck
Essay

In this essay, a Georgia-based writer shares her introduction to the prairie's wild beauty.
by Mariah Manoylov
Poetry

The poet confers a Spring blessing on one of the prairie's humblest--and most necessary--residents.
by Ethan Kenvarg
Poetry

Our issue's third poet posits a commerce between ripening ferns and the stars.
by Clare Jones
Multimedia

In this issue we focus on the Wood Duck, the Baltimore Oriole, the Common Loon, and the Hooded Merganser.
Podcast

In the first of two podcasts in this issue, plant scientist Lee DeHaan discusses the new perennial grain, Kernza.
by Audio producer Noah Herbin
Poetry

A room isn't just space in a house; it's a state of mind, as this poem reminds us.
by Taylor Greene
Essay

Our first contributor from Canada tells how a piece of prairie history was preserved in northern Alberta.
by Jennifer Mueller
Local History

Anthropologist Don Janzen examines his own background in his essay about his father's homesteading childhood in early 20th century Kansas.
by Don Janzen
Local History

How could a hunk of rock buried on a college campus have so much history attached to it? This woodworker/amateur historian tells us.
by Byron Hueftle-Worley
Essay

When you move into an old house in a small town, you inherit that house's history and, sometimes, its former residents.
by Sam PĂ©rez
Memoir

When this Minnesota writer's family farm became a regional park, she kept her family memories.
by Michele Brennhofer
Photography

Keith Kozloff discovered a trove of his old black-and-white negatives from the 1970s in an old shoe box. Take a look at this selection.
by Keith Kozloff
Poetry

This poet turns to a pair of Iowa icons--a Grant Wood painting and the quadaennial caucuses--to evoke the quiet behind the image.
by Bill Graeser
Podcast

Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich interview University of Iowa Prof David Osterberg about CAFOs.
by Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich
Essay

A small-town restaurant is where the local foods movement gets real.
by Ann P. Hall
Music review

Our reviewer covers a Spring concert by Iowa folk music royalty Pieta Brown.
by Kelly Hansen Maher
Photography

This Twin-cities photographer looked south for the images in this Closeup, to the small Iowa town of Belmond.
Poetry

The word "gnosis" denotes the study of spiritual mysteries, which this poet recognizes in the sky, in the land, in the eyes of love.
by Stephanie Snow
Photography

Our new contributor is a high school biology instructor who teaches to travel, travels to teach, and takes his camera along.
Photography

Our frequent contributor's lens found Keokuk's iconic power station on the Mississippi River for this issue.
Photography

This first-time contributor's photo makes use of a familiar Midwestern setting: the shorn cornfield.
Photography

Past Associate Editor Emily Mamrak provided two images from a prairie graveyard for this issue.
Photography

John Lawrence Hanson contributed a photo to this issue. We ran his essay "Obedience and Resistance" in Volume III, Issue 2, Spring 2017.
Photography

Two of our perennial contributor's images focus on two types of migration in this issue: human and wildlife.
Photography

This new contributor's images backdrop this issue's table of contents, and intimately depict one of the prairie's most important pollinators
Photography

Vegetables, very tall trees, and roadtrip views are the subject's this first-time contributor provided for this issue.
Photography

This Cedar Rapids, Iowa, photographer found his image in the "magic time just after the sun sets before it is truly dark."