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"Iowans need to read these stories and we're glad you're making it possible." - Mary W. 

“I devoured it and enjoyed reading every part of it, including the foreword, artists' statements, bios and glossary. It was quick to read but I spent almost as much time pausing and reflecting after each passage. Loved it.” - Bess L.

"This is the first time I've seen a story in print that represents me as a Mexican-American." - Serg G.

WE THE INTERWOVEN brings us the stories of three Americans— three Iowans—whose families have found home in the heartland over the past two generations. This collection brings together a variety of genres, including nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, to represent their unique experiences and amalgamation of influences, from the coast of Azerbaijan to the border towns of Mexico to the archipelago of the Philippines. These stories reflect who they were, who they are, and who they hope to become with the help of Iowa’s fields of opportunity. While the American Dream may bring to mind the quintessential white picket fence, the American experience is as unique as it is diverse.


Read excerpts from each of the contributors to We The Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa.

Sadagat Aliyeva

Melissa Palma

Chuy Renteria