"Map of My Kingdom," a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the play, character Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with approached their land transitions. Some families struggled to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, dissolving relationships. Others found peaceful, rational solutions that focused on viability of the family as well as the land. "Map of My Kingdom" will resonate with those who have been or are working through challenging land transfer issues. It will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait. A discussion will follow the performance. The play will be performed by Cora Brumlow, a professional actor based in Chicago. Cora played the lead female role in Mary Swander and Dennis Chamberlin's play "Vang," about recent immigrant farmers.
In 2009, Mary Swander, Professor of English at Iowa State University, was named Iowa's third Poet Laureate.
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