MOLLY RIDEOUT is a fiction and nonfiction writer who focuses largely on themes of the rural Midwest and collective living. Visual elements of narrative stories are very important to her work and often feature interdisciplinary collaboration.

She is a Spillways Artist-in-Residence at New Orleans' Antenna and a 2015 Farm/Art DTour commissioned artist. Her fiction-nonfiction chapbook Transient will be published by Antenna in late 2019. Her 2014-2015 project, "Public Writing, Public Libraries" includes new writing installed in 13 Iowa libraries. In 2014 her visual art/fiction piece "Due Date" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other publications include Prairie Gold: An Anthology of America's Heartland, Mississippi Review, Tampa Review Front Porch Journal, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, & Bluestem.

In 2011-2017, as Executive Director of the national artist organization Grin City Collective, Molly led a variety of collaborative social practice art and community engagement projects in rural east-central Iowa. Details of that and her other work can be found on her projects page.

Fermentation Fest's Q& A with Molly Rideout

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Photo credit: Calista Lyon

Photo credit: Calista Lyon