About The Iowa Source
The Iowa Source is Iowa’s only free monthly arts and entertainment magazine, now in its 33rd year of publication. Each month (except for January, when we take a break), The Source brings a unique regional voice to 14,000 appreciative readers, plus even more readers online. We feature articles on a broad range of topics, from fine arts, music, culture, and health, to travel, recreation, computer frontiers, investing, movies, and books, plus a popular monthly calender of events that helps our readers stay in touch with what's happening in our area.
Noted for its lively, positive editorial outlook, The Iowa Source is uniquely positioned to integrate contemporary culture with the traditions of Midwestern life. Based on the enthusiastic responses we receive about the magazine, we know that our readers anticipate each issue, read them from cover to cover, refer to the ads and events, and save issues for later reference.
The Iowa Source supports the region's dedication to quality, creativity, and prosperity on all levels of life. We are happy to have become a part of life in Iowa over the last three decades, and especially happy to be bringing The Iowa Source to you online. Thanks for reading The Source, and for visiting our site.
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The Iowa Source has has developed its unique voice through the stellar contributions of some of Iowa's best writers, artists, and photographers. We have no full-time staff writers, so we're always interested in submissions of articles that may be of interest
to our readers.
Naturally, we suggest that potential writers become familiar with the publication before contacting us about submissions. If you think you may have an article, or an idea for an article or column, please
The Iowa Source is proud to feature some of Iowa's best writers. Here's a list of our regulars:
DAN COFFEY is best known as public radio’s Dr. Science.
He lives in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and various other locations around the globe. Find his travel blog at geezersabroad.com.
MARY HELEN STEFANIAK is author of the award-winning novel The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. She lives in Iowa City and teaches at Creighton University in Omaha.
ROB CLINE is the marketing director for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and past president of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. He is also a busy freelance writer whose work appears regularly in The Source, Art Scene, Edible Iowa River Valley, and The Gazette. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Jenny and three children.
PATRICIA DRAZNIN is a freelance writer and editor residing
in Fairfield, Iowa, which she refers to as a suburb of Chicago. In addition
to her monthly film reviews for The Source, she writes a regular
humor column for the Fairfield Weekly Reader called "The Oh Zone," which
is available on her website at www.writingtogo.com.
Patricia's writing credits include articles in health magazines including
Total Health and American Spa. She has contributed book and product reviews
for online businesses including Delphi, Audible.com, BooksAreFun.com (a
Digest subsidiary), and Twin Galaxies. She has also written and performed
NEIL FAUERSO was born in Los Angeles and raised in Fairfield,
Iowa. He attended the University of Texas, Austin, and graduated with
a B.A. in English. After finishing law school in Seattle, he left for
China, where he currently resides and still watches as many movies as he
JIM KARPEN , Ph.D., college professor, and Internet devotee,
teaches writing at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
Jim has been interested in the revolutionary consequences of computer
technology ever since writing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1984 at Bowling
Green State University on the study of the "digitized word." Visit
his website at www.jimkarpen.com.
STEVE HOROWITZ has more than 6,000 record albums and 8,000 compact discs and struggles to load all of the music on his computer. He believes in Sam Cooke’s clarion call that “a change is gonna come” and sees the world through the eyes of Paul Goodman and the neo-functional critique. The question is not whether something can be done faster or more efficiently, but whether it is worth doing at all and who benefits. He has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he teaches an online class on rock and roll.
JOE BRISBEN characterizes himself as "a simple country
"a social worker for people's money." He became a financial advisor 26
years ago and retired in 2012. He started writing the "Money" column for
The Source in 1998.
Chef KURT MICHAEL FRIESE is the founding leader of Slow Food Iowa and serves on the Slow Food USA National Board of Governors for the Midwest Region. A graduate and former chef-instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, he has been chef and owner of the Iowa City restaurant Devotay for 10 years. Friese is a freelance food writer and photographer as well, with regular columns in 6 local and national newspapers and magazines, and is editor-in-chief of the seasonal local food magazine Edible Iowa River Valley.
CHRISTINE SCHRUM is a freelance writer and a Consulting
Editor for The Iowa Source. She holds an M.A. in professional writing and has
years of writing/editing experience in projects ranging from TV commercials
to astrology software. She is also a closet poet and the Associate Editor
of Eunoia, a journal published by First World Library Literary Society
(www.1stworldlibrary.org under Resources).
Funny, imaginative, and highly intelligent, SANDRA WILLBANKS's sole
purpose in life is to heal people through laughter. She’s coauthored
several books, writes both fiction and non-fiction stories for children,
and generally has a good time. In her spare time, she laughs at her reflection
in the mirror.
JAMES MOORE is a freelance writer, professional musician, and
station manager for KRUU FM 101, Fairfield's low-power grassroots
community radio station. He holds an
M.B.A. and has written extensively about politics. His work has appeared
in the Village Voice, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Des Moines
Register, and Little Village. His poems have appeared in Modern Drummer and Lyrical
Iowa, and he plays
regularly with several bands in Iowa.