I am the Horticultural Librarian for Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. I have been writing poetry since I was in grade school, and was a close friend of poet Joseph Langland, who started the MFA program in writing at University of Mass at Amherst. Joe was from the Decorah area, and we were close friends. His papers are held at Luther College in Decorah. I helped persuade Joe that this was the place for them to be, in the countryside he loved so well.