Author, Poet, and ISU professor Mary Swander has always written from her roots; turning the challenges and rewards of her life into literature.
Her latest book, 'The Desert Pilgrim,' describes her journey to New Mexico in search of traditional Hispanic and Latin American faith healers who could help her deal with the devastating physical effects of a car accident.
In the most dangerous area of Albuquerque, Swander encounters a monk and an herbalist who gently guide her recovery in unconventional ways. Through this process, Swander rediscovers elements of her faith and learns important lessons about healing.
Mary Swander lives on an acreage outside of Kalona, Iowa where she raises goats and an organic garden. Her hobbies include photography and playing the banjo.