Volunteers for the forthcoming anthology, American Portraits, and FRP’s rural development project, Building the Agricultural City.
Kristin Eggen was born in Appleton, WI but has long thought the Driftless area home. With interests in community organizing, cookbook reading, cultural studies and singing in harmony, she is excited to support Free River Press’s storytelling of people and place.
Ryan Hall write, “I hail from Michigan, but I am a citizen of the world. I’ve been doing national and community service for three years now. Passionate about social justice, permaculture, and peace.”
Joseph Jonas was born and raised in Iowa, then lived 11 years out west. He now lives in the Driftless where he enjoys the outdoors, learning, teaching, traveling and art . Regenerative agriculture, ecological systems and culture are his main interests.
Filmmaker Emily Tope crafted the documentary, A Storyteller’s Story, on Robert Wolf and Free River Press.
Emily Tope is a 2015 graduate of Luther College, where she studied English. During her senior year, she filmed the short documentary “American Storytellers,” which explores the history and mission of Free River Press. Currently she is pursuing careers that stimulate her interests in writing, film, and music.
Volunteers for American Mosaic with Robert Wolf
All of these young people, who at the time were students at Luther College, made American Mosaic possible. They recorded and edited the readings and assembled the program segments. They believed in the project and in total worked hundreds of hours to create 53 episodes. Free River Press is greatly in their debt.
Ryan Castalez edited numerous episodes of “American Mosaic” during his freshman and sophomore years at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is now a senior and applying for graduate studies in Community Psychology.
Carl Cooley edited at least 15 episodes during his junior and senior years at Luther College. His skills developed exponentially, very quickly. Carl and I traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation in summer 2012 where we interviewed and recorded Oglala Lakota for three days and edited the interviews into three episodes. Carl now lives in Wisconsin.
John “Jungleboy” Gresheimer is from Decorah, IA. He’s been a musician for 8 years. In high school he found his passion for music technology. After high school he attended McNally Smith College of Music and studied Music Production and Audio Engineering. He’s been a volunteer at 89.1 KPVL for three years and currently works as the Technical Director.
Brenna Everson’s sense of humor made her a delight to work with. She recorded readings and interviews and did final production editing on several episodes following her graduation from Luther College in 2013. Brenna is now living in Minneapolis and working part-time at several non-profits.
Joe Thor recorded readings and did final production work for “American Mosaic” during his junior and senior years at Luther College in 2011. He is currently working at the University of Minnesota and is engaged to be married summer 2015. He plans on graduate work in classical studies.
Dylan Syverson acted as AM’s Production Engineer for its first ten-episode run in 2010 and has lent a hand with recording and web design since. A Minnesota native, Dylan specializes in audio production and holds degrees in sound technology and English. Links to his work as a musican and producer can be found at olafson.com. He currently lives in New Mexico.