Iowa Poet Laureate (2009-present)
Phone: 319-683-2613

Mary Swander, poet, playwright and non-fiction writer, draws her inspiration from the landscape and its people. From the Iowa Amish to the New Mexico mystics, she has captured the extraordinary folkways and idioms in the ordinary person's life.

Discussions, Readings and Maybe a Banjo
Mary Swander will talk and discuss the state of poetry in contemporary society, illustrating her ideas with her original work, including the classic "Driving the Body Back" and her recent collection The Girls on the Roof, a Mississippi River flood saga. The author of twelve books, numerous plays and radio commentaries, Swander brings energy and humor to the page and to her audiences. And sometimes she even brings her banjo.