If you have seen the film "Field of Dreams" you probably know that Iowa is a beautiful place. The farm house and field used in the film are near Iowa City where the University of Iowa is located and where the writer W. P. Kinsella (author of Shoeless Joe on which the movie was based) studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.
One of the signature phrases in that film is the line: "If you build it they will come." Connie and I have been lured to Iowa City by the potentiality and substance of that phrase. I will be joining the faculty of the University of Iowa's graduate program in creative nonfiction next fall and I will also be working with the Carver Center for Macular Degeneration at the UI's health clinic as their first ever "poet in residence" at the medical college.
Connie can speak for herself of course, but I can say that we both have made good friends in Ohio and we are not leaving Columbus and the land of the Buckeyes without sincere feelings of loss. But we hope to carry with us some deep and lasting friendships from our 7 years in Ohio.
We can't promise to wear Buckeye regalia in Iowa City. That would probably be a monumental blunder. The only thing worse would be to wear a Michigan shirt.
Our blog will of course continue without interruption and we look forward to attracting new friends to the Planet.
P.S. Visit SawxBlog.com for this review of Shoeless Joe