Prairie Arts
Photography

In this issue, Justin Hayworth turns his lens on the meadows of the Conard Environmental Research Area.
Photography

In this issue, the photographer zooms in on asters and grasses for two of his intimate prairie portraits.
Photography

In his compositions, Iowa State University photography professor Steven Herrnstadt mines place for haunted and haunting resonances.
Photography

This photographer has parlayed a lifetime passion for the natural world into a body of vivid photographic work.
Installation

A trio of theater professionals use the prairie as a stage for a meditation on a global environment in flux.
Paintings

This Iowa artist's meticulous compositions mine the haunted space between object and idea.
Collaboration

Poet Molly Beth Griffin and illustrator Claudia McGehee came together to celebrate the Sand Hill crane's migration.
by Molly Beth Griffin and Claudia McGehee
Multimedia

Featured in this issue: the Bald Eagle, the Cedar Waxwing, the Sand Hill Crane, and the Short-eared Owl.
Paintings

The Kansas City artist's strongly horizontal paintings capture the sweep of the Midwestern sky and landscape.
Short story

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

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

For farmers like Howard McDonough, memory packs every acre and outbuilding.
by Howard McDonough
Photography

Whether his subject is a blossom, a butterfly, or a prairie sky, this photographer's lens restores him to the fascination of childhood.
by Larry Stone
Essay

This rancher used his diary to envision a brighter future on the land for his children.
by Pete Ferrell
Commentary

Where's the prairie? Is it an untouched remnant? A farm landscape? A freshly mowed suburban yard? Our correspondent says "yes."
by Thomas Dean
Interview

Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
by Linda Omaña
Essay

As a child in Sioux City, Iowa,, Jason Darrah's heroes were garbage men. Now he is one.
by Jason Darrah
Woodcut

The artist's recent images were influenced by the gradual transformation of the prairie by settlements and agriculture.
by Tony Crowley
Mixed-media

In this closeup, we focus on a central Minnesota artist who uses multiple media to explore place, gender, and history.
Poetry

A Kentucky poet describes the union of body, emotion and landscape he finds on the prairie.
by Ethan Starr Evans
Paintings

This Kansas artist abstracts prairie animals from their natural settings. The result: mysterious beauty.
Poetry

A poet tenderly describes a young girl's experience of her Iowa home.
Multimedia

Featured in this issue: the bobolink, the burrowing owl, the dickcissel, and Henslow's sparrow. Add them to your Life List.
by Jane Carlson
Interview

A conversation between Rootstalk editor Emma Thomasch and residents of the Mayflower retirement community.
by Emma Thomasch
Short story

Florida-based writer Todd Kincaid has given us a short story detailing a rabbit hunt on the prairie.
by Todd Kincaid
Feature

Quilts aren't just for beds. Our correspondent shows us how they're warming up the rural landscape, too.
by Janet Carl
Feature

Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
Digital Art

Digital artwork inspired by Grinnell’s beautiful sunsets and the restored prairie of the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).
by Ajuna Kyaruzi
Memoir

When things change, do they always change for the better? See what you think after reading this memoir of a one-room Missouri schoolhouse.
by Helen Johnson
Memoir

A young writer fresh out of college; a Nebraska horse farm; a wild-west show reunion. A memoir by Dan Weeks.
by Dan Weeks
Photography

This photographer, used to taking pictures of the crowded streetscapes of home, tries his hand at the prairie.
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman
Review

The Pines' music is as rooted in their prairie home as a field of coneflowers. Read our reviewer's thoughts, then give a listen.
by Kelly Hansen Maher
Collaboration

"Ekphrasis" denotes a poem about a strong visual. See if you think these poems, paired with the drawings which inspired them, fit the bill.
by Ben and Therese Brosseau
Short story

In the face of so much gun violence, how can a lover of guns respond? Read this short-story for an answer.
by Sandy Moffett
Mixed-media

For her installation, "Cure," this Iowa-based artist combined deer bones and gold leaf to compelling effect.
Drawings

This artist looked in an unlikely place for inspiration: the specimens collection of a college biology department.
Photography

In this issue, our regular contributor turned to one of his smaller subjects: Asters.
Photography

Our regular contributor focused his camera on a white tail buck, a squirrel, and--as ever--on four Birds of the Prairie.
Drawings

A drawing of dried prairie flowers by the artist whose work we featured in Volume II, Issue 1
Photography

This photographer's images explore the tension between people and the land they inhabit.
Essay

Urban gardens need pollinators, but where do the bees come from amid all that concrete? Enter Jana Kinsman.
by Sara Arena
Dance

The nationwide celebration of our waterways comes to the prairie.
Poetry

This Midwest expat, living now in D.C., turns back in her poetry to her Minnesota roots.
by Michelle Harris-Love
Poetry

Calling herself "an embodiment of diversity in human, walking, talking form," this poet knows identity is both belonging and estrangement.
by Stephanie Snow
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
Personal essay

Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander lives in a converted country schoolhouse. She decided a schoolhouse needs a bell, and a belltower.
by Mary Swander
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
Photography

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
Photography

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

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

Mary Swander's Amish neighbor, Joe, places her new belltower over the entryway of her Amish schoolhouse/home.
by Mary Swander
Personal essay

With the bell and belltower in place, Mary Swander can summon the neighbor children for pie...
by Mary Swander
Drawings

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

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