Driftless is an ad-free, independent publication about food, art and adventuring in Midwest America. We introduce our readers to the creative and awe-inspiring wonders the Midwest has to offer by way of stories, illustrations, photos, seasonal recipes, guides and interviews. Our 100-page, full color, perfect-bound print magazine is printed biannually and provides tangible proof that the Midwest is more than merely flyover territory.

Our interests lie in exploring the world around us, cooking with fresh, wholesome ingredients, slowing down to fully take in our surroundings and spending time with those who mean the most to us. We love trying new things, eating locally, sharing the wonders of our own backyards and keeping family traditions alive in new and interesting ways. We are hardworking, kind, resourceful and down-to-earth. We are always inspired by the Great Lakes. We are a cultural crossroads — we are the Midwest.

Our unofficial mascot, tuko

Our unofficial mascot, tuko

Driftless is comprised of a team of three dedicated individuals with backgrounds in photography, fine art, graphic design, journalism and art management. We strive to deliver the most aesthetically pleasing and visually intriguing work based on our love for simple design and beautiful imagery. We have a tendency to favor a minimalist approach and believe that print publications are works of art in themselves. We aim to create timeless objects that deserve to be held onto for years after their time.

Shelly Westerhausen, Leah Fithian, Anna Powell Teeter

Shelly Westerhausen, Leah Fithian, Anna Powell Teeter

By day, Shelly works for independent record label, Secretly Canadian, in Bloomington, Indiana. By night she runs the acclaimed Vegetarian 'Ventures food blog, posting delicious vegetarian recipes and delectable photos. After a bittersweet departure from buying and managing an independent boutique in Bloomington, Leah is now a freelance photo and production assistant in Chicago's commercial photography world. Anna is a photographer and videographer in Bloomington. Someday we hope to focus entirely on our little magazine, although you could say we may always have a desire for too many projects going on at once...

With a love for all things food, art and adventure related, the three of us continue to showcase what the Midwest has to offer throughout the pages of each issue. Please continue following along with us on this journey. We would not be where we are today without the incredible support of our readers. 

As seen in:

With/Another Monday Muses
Limestone Post
Neighborly: Home in the Heartland
Foxtail + Moss: 5 Favorite Magazines
Indy's Indie Pubs on the Rise



We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the following people, for without whose contributions and donations to Driftlessthis would not be possible.


Adam Fithers
Adraid Mendoza
Alexander L Kassenbrock
Alfie Palao
Alyssa Johnson
Amber Zaragoza
Amy Sinbondit
Ann Jonker
Anna Paz Lopez
Annie Wang
Blair MacGregor Woodall
Ben Swanson
Benjamin Heins
Betty Fry
Caitlin Pike
Caroline Marchildon
Cecilia Mills
Cheri Whitler
Crystal Neff
Curt Westerhausen
Danielle Fogus
David Fumo
David J Hanus
David Woodruff
Denise + Paul Fithian

Kristen Londergan
Kristine Claghorn
Kurt Westerhausen
Linda Hall
Lisa Adams
Loreen M Niewenhuis
Lorraine McClain
Lydia J Bright
Mallory Rickbeil
Marcia Fithian
Mark R Fithian
Michael Basiaga
Mike Marszalik
Nancy Holkan
Paul Berauer
Phi Tran
Rebecca Sue Button
Rita Adams
Roberta M Wallace
Saiya K Sheth
Scott Fogus
Tara Cobb
Taylor Anne Swaim
Vanessa Larson
Wyatt Worcel

Eleanor Hartley
Elizabeth Bockstiegel
Emily Fithian
Emily Knies
Gabrielle Gonzalez
George Fry
Glen Furr
Hannah Carlen
Hannah Thompson
Ian K Breidenbach
Jan Davis
Janet Latchford
Jason Cooper
Jason Lukas
Jennifer Caputo
Jessica H Newlin
Jill Schaffer
Joan Pike
John Fithian
Jordyn Kleemann
Joseph Cogswell
Julia Fetahagic
Katie Sowder
Kelly E Dwyer
Kristen Cattell