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AWP Conference Reading: 'Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland'

The American Midwest provides the ideal landscape for literature exploring the intricate evolution of American ideology and culture from the earliest frontiersmen and settlers to present day citizens. In celebration of this region’s inherent importance to American identity, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland presents a myriad of Midwestern-focused literature in three sections of literary styles—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—with introductions contributed by admired and award-winning Midwestern authors, Dean Bakopoulos, Debra Marquart, and Iowa State Poet Laureate, Mary Swander.

With an extensive roster of sixty-eight highly talented writers, this anthology presents an eclectic mix of short stories, flash fiction, lyric essays, autobiographies, and formal and experimental poems that delve into the nuances of Midwestern identity. Each writer herein investigates, challenges, and redefines the varied perceptions of the Midwest, and, most importantly, their literary art invites us to gaze with renewed appreciation on the environmental beauty, nourishing agriculture, and innovative and creative people of the American Heartland.

Prairie Gold is an anthology of the American Heartland, published by Ice Cube Press.

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