Prairie Home

  • Thomas Dean University of Iowa


I still love to listen to the "News from Lake Wibegon" on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion every Saturday night. Mr. Keillors droll yet often sharp
narratives of life in a small middle land town contin-
ue to amuse and comfort me after all these years. Over
those years, the phrase prairie home has resonated
more deeply, more acutely in my imagination, my heart,
maybe my soul.

Author Biography

Thomas Dean, University of Iowa
Thomas Dean is Senior Presidential Writer/Editor at the University of Iowa with primary responsibilities in speechwriting, and he teaches interdisciplinary courses at the university as well. He also teaches with the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the UI First-Year Seminar Program. Dean received a BA in English, a BM in Music History and Literature, and an MA in English from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Dean has published essays in regional and national publications. Books include The Grace of Grass and Water: Writing in Honor of Paul Gruchow (edited collection, Ice Cube Press, 2007) and Under a Midland Sky (essays, Ice Cube Press, 2008).
How to Cite
DEAN, Thomas. Prairie Home. ROOTSTALK | A Prairie Journal of Culture, Science and the Arts, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 8-12, may 2015. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2017.