Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa, is currently touring her production of Farmscape, a play that documents the changing rural environment, and an adult puppet performance piece based on her latest book of poetry The Girls on the Roof. Swander is the founder of AgArts, an organization to integrate the arts and sustainable agriculture. She is the author of numerous books including The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles, Out of this World: A Woman’s Life Among the Amish, and Driving the Body Back. Her numerous awards include Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the Literary Arts, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and the Nation-Discovery Award. She is a Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University.