Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa to Present at BVU April 12

STORM LAKE, IA (04/10/2017) (readMedia)-- Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa, Mary Swander, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Siebens Forum Room 2 on the Buena Vista University (BVU) campus.

Swander, who is also the founder and executive director of AgArts and is a distinguished professor emerita of Iowa State University, will trace the roots of Iowa's current food insecurity problem as part of BVU's Academic and Cultural Event Series (ACES). More specifically, Swander will discuss this issue from post-World War II to the present, offer advice moving forward and her share own journey toward food self-sufficiency.

"We are thrilled to have Mary Swander at BVU," said Dr. Peter Steinfeld, associate dean of faculty at BVU. "She has a deep and abiding commitment to opening dialogue about the relationship between poverty and food needs in rural Iowa communities. She will help us consider not only how to build community access to food but also how to empower those trapped in poverty."

The event is free and open to the public to attend, and no tickets are required.

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Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit www.bvu.edu.