Omaha-based writer Patrick Mainelli will discuss his creative nonfiction piece, “The Minor God of Iowa”–modern meditation on the meaning of Preparation, Iowa–in a Facebook Live Q&A on The New Territory Facebook page April 11 at 12 noon CST (postponed due to a new addition to the Mainelli family(!)).
Mainelli’s story, and the magazine, interprets Midwest news and history in context of today’s changing social and environmental landscape. The author compares Charles B. Thompson’s following to contemporary social movements, and includes his own story as a way of understanding their intentions.
“How comforting it would have been to disappear all your worry into a landscape still vast and wild enough to carry it for you,” Mainelli writes.
“Minor God of Iowa” is part of a growing canon of unapologetically Midwestern literature. The New Territory publishes original, Great Plains- and Ozarks-based literary journalism, fiction, photography and art.
“The New Territory puts The Lower Midwest in the center of the universe,” says founder and editor Tina Casagrand. Among the magazine’s founding principles is the belief that local contributors are the publication’s strongest asset, as local writers have implicit understanding of the region and access to colorful characters.