Zachary Michael Jack’s widely shared op-ed on sustainable farming “We Live and Die by Chemical Agriculture” appeared in the June 8 edition of Iowa’s newspaper of record, the Des Moines Register. Read it here.
Read one of the many thoughtful responses this editorial generated across the region here
Read ZMJ’s commentary, “Our Ancestors Sleep Down the Road” in the May 28, 2016 Des Moines Register, Iowa’s newspaper of record.
Photo by John Gaines/Burlington Hawk Eye
Zachary Michael Jack has been selected to serve on the national board of the the Midwestern History Association (MHA). Read more about the formation of this exciting new organization in the New York Times story “Plowing Deeper.”
November’s Small Press Bookwatch named Native Soulmate: A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown a Reviewer’s Choice, calling it a “charming and original read, very much recommended.” The Des Moines Register agrees, praising Zachary Michael Jack’s latest book of creative nonfiction as “a deeply personal and heartfelt journey.”
From the cover:
“At the height of a Heartland summer a seventh generation Midwesterner unlucky in love sets forth from a faraway farm on a quest to road-test what he calls his Beach Boys hypothesis: What if we really do live in a world where native boy meets native girl…What if the cutest boys and girls in the world really do live right under our noses? So begins a Cinderella season in search of a love homegrown. Pursuing the dream wherever it may lead, the author delivers speeches in far-flung farm burgs and readings in well-to-do college towns while setting up listening posts in public libraries and chautauquas in cattle barns. Part 1500-mile travelogue and part real-life love story, Native Soulmate offers not just an account of a magical trek and its uncanny, sweetcorn settings, but a moving argument for how voting with your feet and leading with your heart really can matter.”