A project to showcase community voices
When we asked readers to answer the question “What does it mean to be an Iowan to you?” in 500 words or less, we didn’t know what to expect.
We were happy to see that the question resonated.
The breadth and depth of answers reflects what it means to be human, not just Iowan. (Although, in some essayists’ opinions, perhaps being Iowan is the best type of human.)
Many wrote about Iowan pride and bonding with fellow Iowans across the nation and world. Some wrote about the harsh climate and brutal Iowa winters. Others wrote about a love of working on the land.
The top 10 essays will be unveiled on this page, all summer long. Check back for more.
Essay 2 – “Our Life in Iowa” by Madan Goyal
Essay 10 – Finding help from a stranger by Suzanne Cody
Previously published:What it means to be an Iowan – By Katie Roche