Being Iowan Means…

MADAN AND MEERA GOYAL - "Our life in Iowa"

Suzanne Cody along with her daughter, Isabel Cody, pictured in Okoboji, IA in July of this year. (submitted photo)

Darcy MurphyChristine Skopec

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 1 – “Helping Create Iowa Propaganda Victims” by Dave Parsons

Essay 2 – “Our Life in Iowa” by Madan Goyal

Essay 3 – Artist Gayla Drake shares what it means to be an Iowan to her

Essay 4 – “What does it mean to be an Iowan?” by Chuck Kelsey

Essay 5 – “What it means to be an Iowan” by Rose Torgerson

Essay 6 – “What does it mean to be an Iowan?” by Edith Milovanovic

Essay 7 – What it means to be an Iowan to Christine Skopec

Essay 8 – “What it means to me to be an Iowan” by Darcy Murphy

Essay 9 – Jeff Klinzman shares his thoughts on what it means to be an Iowan

Essay 10 – Finding help from a stranger by Suzanne Cody

Poem: Winter Weary by Raymond Buck

Previously published:What it means to be an Iowan – By Katie Roche

GAYLA DRAKEJeff KlinzmanTorgerson-Bio-PicEdith Milovanovic submitted photo