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 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 calendar 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.

Questions? Email Claudia Mueller at source@lisco.com

The Iowa Source
108 W. Broadway, Suite 205
Fairfield, IA 52556
(641) 472-4852

Submissions

The Iowa Source 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 contact the editor, Claudia Mueller.

Contributors

The Iowa Source is proud to feature some of Iowa’s best writers. Here’s a list of our regulars:

DAN COFFEY is a playwright, director, and actor known for his work with Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and portraying memorable characters like Dr. Science. Dan lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Find his travel blog at geezersabroad.com.

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, her writing is available 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, and Twin Galaxies. She has also written and performed stand-up comedy.

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 watched as many movies as he could. These days he’s back in Texas.

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 stockbroker” and “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.

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.

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.

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