Mary Swander will entertain with poetry and song, harmonica and banjo. She will spin tall tales from the Mississippi River to the River Shannon and back again.
Then she will encourage workshop participants to weave their own stories from the gold of common human interactions with a final chance to perform for the
The event is open to the public. Members of the Two Rivers Story Spinners will receive free admission; there is a $20 donation for non-members. Wine and
snacks are included. Mary will sign her books.
In 2009, Governor Chet Culver appointed Mary Swander the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. Swander is the author of four books of poetry, her most recent
being The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point/Word Tech, 2009), a Mississippi River flood narrative. She lives in Ames and Kalona and teaches at Iowa State