Iowa Poet Laureate’s One-Woman Show on Farmland Transition to Tour Pacific Northwest during February


Suzanne Burd
Community Education Coordinator/RET Program Coordinator, (541) 506-6123

January 7, 2019

On February 17, 2019, Columbia Gorge Community College will host Map of My Kingdom, a play written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander. The event is coming to Wyeast Middle School auditorium, in Odell, Oregon. A $10 donation is requested.

When someone has a title like “poet laureate”, we tend to expect a little more of them. Iowa’s Poet Laureate, playwright, and distinguished professor Mary Swander has delivered on the promise.

 Map of My Kingdom, a play, commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, an attorney and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions.  Some families almost came to blows, struggling to resolve the sale and transfer of their land, and dissolving familial relationships. Others found rational solutions that focused not only on the viability of the family, but also of the land.

Map of My Kingdom is produced by Swander Woman Productions, a theatre company that creates and tours dramatic performances focused on food, framing, and the larger rural environment.

Doors open at 6:00 with the one-hour performance beginning at 6:30. The event includes a brief panel discussion facilitated by Mary Swander, with a local multi-generational orchardist and a land use attorney.

This event is made possible with generous contributions from Gorge Grown, Columbia Gorge Wine Growers, Six Rivers Mediation Center, Best Western Hood River Inn, Solstice Woodfire Café, and several private donors.