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Thomas Dean is a writer and editor with a deep interest in our connections to place, our relationship with the natural world, and the cultural life of the Midwest.  Dean is a well deserved pushcart Prize nominee.  He has recently published a book of personal essays, Under a Midland Sky, which focuses on Midwestern life through the experience of seasons, weather, and other phenomena in the sky. The essays also explore Dean’s personal efforts at finding home, and what it means for all of us to seek a sense of place.

Dean earned a Ph.D. in English from The University of Iowa. He also received an M.S. in English, a B.A. in English, and a B.M. in Music History and Literature from Northern Illinois University where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed doctoral work in English and film studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dean has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Study Grant and grant awards from Humanities Iowa, the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Michigan Humanities Counsil, and the North Dakota Humanities Counsil.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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