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Writers’ Workshop grad named US Poet Laureate

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress named Juan Felipe Herrera the new U.S. Poet Laureate. “The times now seem to be evolving with voices of color,” Herrera said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. He will be the first Mexican-American Laureate in U.S. history. A graduate of University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, […]

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Are hops the future of Iowa’s agricultural economy?

Solon Farmer Mark Pattison is now growing hops on land that has historically been used for soybeans and corn. The 25-acre Buck Creek Hops operation will be home to 25,000 new hops plants this year — and 1,600 22-foot poles for the crops to climb — making it one of the largest hopyards in the […]

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