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 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, Front Porch Journal, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, Bluestem, Marathon Lit Review, and Driftwood Press.

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

Fermentation Fest's Q& A with Molly Rideout

Contact: molly.rideout (at)

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Photo credit: Luke Saunders

Photo credit: Luke Saunders