There were so many highlights, but mostly what makes this conference so resonant is the people--writers, organizers, speakers, faculty, everyone. They've got the river (Mississippi), the train, and a thriving arts community, and it's all reflected in the people, who put tremendous effort into growing and maintaining that community.
The conference was held on the St. Ambrose University campus, which has some of the most tech-enhanced and tech-friendly classrooms we've ever had the pleasure of teaching in throughout the many conferences we've attended . It's a beautiful campus, and those who work there are extremely helpful (a special shout out here to the kind person who helped me recover a lost item--THANK YOU!).
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we'll stop here and simply let you take a look at our journey in photos. The first one to the right is a snapshot of keynote speaker Kimberly Ostrom, aka Kimberly Cates, and the rest will be described beneath each photo.
A bust of local legend Bix Beiderbecke near the bandshell where a jazz festival is held every year in his honor
The Figge Art Museum is the square building to the right--a must see if you visit!