Volume II, Issue 2 - Spring 2016

Volume II, Issue 2

Spring 2016

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Photography

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

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

Introducing the editorial team that created this issue's synergy of culture, science and art.
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

Our editors interviewed "Rosa Jimenez" about her experiences living as an undocumented immigrant in a small Iowa community.
Essay

In the course of conducting an ethnographic study, Lane Atmore found the utopian ideal is alive and well in Fairfield, Iowa .
by Lane Atmore
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
Local History

Historian Dan Kaiser found a landmark building in American industrial architecture in his small Iowa town.
by Dan Kaiser
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
Local History

The Medicine Rock is believed by the Native peoples of the Dakotas to be of magical, medicinal value.
by Corey Wannamaker
Mixed-media

In this inaugural feature, we focus on the bobolink, Henslow's sparrow, the dickcissel and the burrowing owl.
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