Celebrating Prison Book Club and Professor Carol Tyx — Literary Mustangs

Near the end of last semester, Mount Mercy English celebrated the tenth anniversary of a service-learning project informally known as Prison Book Club. At the end of this semester, we’ll celebrate the retirement of one of its founders, my dear friend and colleague Professor of English Carol Tyx. So it’s time to reflect on these […]

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Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Inspires Iowa City

An openly gay Midwestern millennial mayor who is also a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, an author of a memoir, and a newly declared US presidential candidate? Yes, please! Last night, I heard Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) inspire Iowa City. I went enticed by his identity, but I left impressed by his ideas. “Mayor … Read more

Reading Is Everything

When I was a child, before I found my tribe, reading was my everything. Bulwark. Solace. Goad. Delight. Of course, I did not know those words back then. What I did know was that I could trust books. Completely. They would always offer an alternative reality. If not insight, then escape. Now I have the … Read more

Sarah DeLappe’s WOLVES Gives Voice to Young Female Athletes

Last night I savored the University of Iowa production of The Wolves. The 2016 debut play by Sarah DeLappe features the pregame warm-ups of an indoor girls soccer team. The cast list identifies each of the nine high school juniors only by her jersey number, yet each girl possesses a distinct voice and story. I … Read more

“Overstory”: A Life-Changing Novel

I believed in the transformative power of literature years before I had the words to say so. But it turns out, I had no idea how much the right novel at the right time could change me. The novel is Richard Powers’ beautiful, sprawling eco-fiction, The Overstory. The time is now, my third sabbatical. Let … Read more