Mary Swander is a Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University and lives in Ames and Kalona, IA, where she raises ducks and geese and a large organic vegetable garden. Her most recent work is a book of poetry, The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point/Word Tech, 2009), a Mississippi River flood narrative.
In 2009, Governor Chet Culver appointed Mary Swander the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa.
Learn more: Mary Swander's Homepage
The author retains the copyright to her work. Please do not use it without her permission. Contact mswander @ iastate.edu (remove the spaces).
Kitchen Gardens: From O, Pioneers to O, Martha Stewart
Sunflowers and Black Bonnets
One to Ten in Swahili
What Would the Amish Do?
Frequent Gardener Miles
Birds, Bats and Old Mammogram Machines
The Ground under my Feet
A Small Seed of Rebellion
One Woman's Trash
Behold this Compost!
Goddess of the Garbage Dump
A Garden Flooded with Gold
Light my Fire with Banana Briquettes