Faculty do a lot of reading—all those student papers—but it’s rare to find the time to focus on writing. That’s why Dolezal is dedicating much of his sabbatical in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 to honing his nonfiction. He is writing about organic farming for two magazines, Edible Iowa River Valley and The Iowan. The goal of this work, including visits to local farms, is to design a new course in literary journalism.
Dolezal is also serving as a referee for the Bellevue Literary Review, a journal devoted to literature about health and illness, and Cather Studies. This spring, he is revising manuscripts for a memoir and a poetry collection.