Duck Dynasty and Rural Civil Religion: A Report from an Iowa Farm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Kenyon Gradert News broke of Phil Robertson’s remarks a few days before my wife and I left for my parents’ Iowa farm. Both of us teachers, we…

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Midwest Realism in the Contemporary Novel

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Perhaps we’re witnessing a shift back to the region’s realist origins. More likely, the Midwest is blooming into a wide proliferation of literary style.        …

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Rebuilding The Front Porch: An Interview With Patrick Overton

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Savannah Barrett with Carlos Urlona at the Working Group meetings; Shawn Poynter [Editor’s Note: today we both welcome a new writer to the Art of the Rural staff…

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Double Weekly Feed: Wild Girls, Our Town, Native Ground, Westbrook Artists, and more

Monday, November 5, 2012

 International Sonoran Desert Alliance, recipient of a NEA Our Town grant By Rachel Beth Rudi, Digital Contributor • Congratulations to our colleague Mary Stewart Atwell, whose debut novel…

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Press: Des Moines Register and Createquity

Monday, October 22, 2012

Iowa: Wave The Next Time You Fly Over; t-shirt design by Raygun We’re grateful to start off the week with news of coverage of Art of the Rural…

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Weekly Feed: Collaboration, Ecology, Digital Media and Food for Thought

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Photograph of the Fennimore Art Museum By Rachel Beth Rudi, Digital Contributor • “Rural art museums face distinct challenges when it comes to building audiences for exhibitions and…

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Farmer of the Future and Harvest Public Media

Monday, May 14, 2012

Photograph by Alison Rose; Forgotonia This morning the excellent team of reporters and editors at Harvest Public Media began a series, entitled Farmer of the Future, that considers…

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The Tree That Bursts Through The Silo

Monday, April 30, 2012

Tree In Silo; Ken Wolf Many thanks to María Arambula for sharing on our Arts and Culture Feed A.G. Sulzberger’s latest rural dispatch for The New York Times,…

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A Rye Whiskey Rural Arts Metaphor

Friday, February 17, 2012

Templeton’s home-grown rye crop; Brewvana [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines over the second half of February, this seems like a good time to give…

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Reconsidering Grant Wood’s Revolt

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines over the second half of February, this seems like a good time to give a retrospective glance to the…

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