Road To Waubeek: Discovering Jay G. Sigmund


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At the crossroads of two cultural icons exists Jay G. Sigmund, born in Waubeek, Iowa. As the Regionalist movement was in full swing, guess who had an enormous influence on well-known artist Grant Wood? Jay Sigmund. Also at this time, a paperboy in Cedar Rapids was writing poetry with Jay Sigmund. Who was this paperboy? Another icon from eastern Iowa, Paul Engle, best known as the long-time director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and founder of the International Writing Program (IWP), both at the University of Iowa.

In his time, Jay Sigmund was a successful insurance agent, but also a nationally respected and well-known author who clearly had a major impact on Midwestern culture through his love of place, such as the Wapsipinicon River, Waubeek, Iowa, and locations in and around Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Local author Barbara Feller will present her research. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.