Growing up in New Jersey, Meghan Daum, 32, saw the Hudson River as "just another avenue" to get where she wanted. Eventually, she moved to Manhattan to study creative writing at Columbia. It's a cliché: Fast-paced New York entices aspiring talent. Less common is the story of cornfields luring away the talented urbanite. But in 1999, after establishing herself... More >>>
By photo: Matthew Spiegelman
Nature calls: The city girl heads for the heartland.