Appreciation
Publisher's note

An appreciation for Richard Fyffe, Librarian of Grinnell College, who died untimely from ALS in November 2015
by Jon Andelson
Publisher's note

For our publisher, the late CEO of the Des Moines Waterworks, Bill Stowe, exemplified environmental heroism.
by Jon Andelson
Editor's note

For our Associate Editor, the prairie came home hardest through a sky full of stars.
by Emily Mamrak
Interview

Associate Editor Maya Dru interviewed Des Moines Waterworks CEO Bill Stowe shortly before his untimely death.
by Maya Dru
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
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
Interview

Here you'll find our audio recording of Maya Dru's interview with the late Bill Stowe, CEO of the Des Moines Water Works.
by Bill Stowe
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
Closeup

Two artists, born decades apart and working in entirely different mediums, found common ground in prairie wildflowers.
by Cornelia Clarke and Lydia Krueger Curtis

In this article--part interview, part homage--Associate Editor Ethan Evans meditates on how place makes its way into an artist's music.
by Ethan Evans
Personal essay

Interviewing her family, our Associate Editor found that food provided a nucleus for a South Asian community's formation on the prairie.
by Anjali Jain