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James C. Schaap

James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.



The church was packed. Mom would have liked that. And all five "first ladies" were in attendance--she would have liked…
December 1, 2023

Things we carry

I'm working away on something, when Alexa offers me "I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," ancient Americana…
November 10, 2023