Iowa City Author Thomas Dean on Writers' Voices

Thomas DeThomas Deanan“A beautifully written memoir . . . a moving journey through the author's personal life and its continual relationship to the landscape he accepts and honors.” -
Jim Heynen
Thomas Dean is a writer and editor with a deep interest in our connections to place, our relationship with the natural world, and the cultural life of the Midwest. A pushcart Prize nominee, Dean has recently published a book of personal essays, Under a Midland Sky (Ice
Cube Press, 2008). This collection focuses on Midwesters life through the experience of seasons, weather, and other phenomena in the sky, exploring Dean's personal efforts at finding home, as well as ruminations on what it means for all of us to seek a sense of place.
Dean earned a Ph.D. in English from The University of Iowa. He received an M.S. in English, a B.A. in English, and a B.M. in Music History and Literature from Northern Illinois University, graduating summa cum laude. He also completed doctoral work in English and film studies at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Study Grant and and grant awards from the Michigan Humanities Counsil, the Minnesota Humanities Center, the North Dakota Humanities Counsil, and Humanities Iowa.
Dean currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for Communications and Research atThe University of Iowa. His duties include speechwriting, other writing and editing, and research. Dean founded and directs the Iowa Project on Place Studies at the UI and is adjunct assistant professor of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Leisure Studies, for which he teaches such courses as "Introduction to Place Studies" and "The Good Society."