More about our Collection of Contributors…

Andrea DeJean contributed “Secret Migration, Silent” for our Fourth Edition.  She writes:  The poem was inspired by my many years spent on Black Lake, between Onaway and Cheboygan, and by one winter in particular during ice-fishing season while visiting my parents (who built a home on the lake in 1978 after having rented summer cabins there starting in 1961).  And while my emotional attachment to Black Lake in particular and to the Northern Michigan region in general remains strong, I am a permanent resident of France and have been for the past 25 years.  I am the translator of a book on biodiversity and have published my own poetry and creative fiction and non-fiction in both independent and university affiliated journals

CJ Giroux’s rich poem, “Cloudburst” catches your breath and is found on page 38 of Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition.  CJ Giroux is a lifelong resident of Michigan.  He teaches at Saginaw Valley State University where he serves as assistant director of its writing center and editor of the community journal, Still Life.

Artist Katrina Valuyeva shared her exquisite photograph, “Pictured Rocks Shore” for our Fourth Edition.  Katrina Valuyeva works in healthcare in parallel with a self-taught art practice with a focus on metalsmithing as well as occasional photography.  She was born in Russia, grew up in Brooklyn, NY and found a permanent home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Our Community of Contributors – Capturing northern Michigan through exceptional story telling

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Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition is a collection of exceptional writing and photography that captures the essence of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  Contributors have shared vivid language and images, and stories with unique perspectives of life and experiences up North.  Here are two exciting short story contributors, writing about the Upper Peninsula…

 

Suzi Banks Baum, author of the endearing and vivid UP life-family reflection short story, “Labels”, intrigues and embraces readers with familiar Michigan childhood moments.  Suzi Banks Baum is a writer, artist, actress, teacher, community organizer and mom.  With roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.  Suzi uses the written word, hand bound books, and photographs to say what she means.  Her first book, An Anthology of Babes, celebrates the writing of women artists.  Deeply curious about the thresholds we cross in to creative practice, she writes personal narrative with an ear for transformation through engagement with the ordinary.  Suzi has an ongoing artist residency in Gyumri, Armenia, where she leads an art and writing workshop called New Illuminations.  She is published in The Collection:  Flash Fiction for Flash Memory by Anchala Studios and Writing Fire by Green Fire Press.  Find Suzi’s work on Easy Street, Literary Mama, Manifest Station, Asbarez, Rebelle Society, Mothers Always Write and her blog, http://www.suzibanksbaum.com.

“Drilling for Bats” is one of those stories in this edition that bring you right in.  Writer J.W. Jordan carefully weaves the family history of the cottage up in the Les Cheneaux Islands, revealing generations of memories and legendary moments, with a simple task and a great touch of humor.  Upon Walloon Writers Review’s request, a family photo was also shared from his blog and published in this edition.  He writes, “My family has been enjoying summer-time in the Les Cheneaux Islands now for over one hundred years and counting.  Growing up spending several weeks each summer at Cedar Haven, the family cottage , has been a blessing and an irreplaceable part of my life.  It is a place of rich family history and natural beauty that has become part of my being and identity.  My wife and I live near Indianapolis, Indiana…”.  More short stories and photography can be found on his blog “The Cedar Haven Reader” (jottingsbyjon.wordpress.com).

You can find Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition at independent bookstores such as:

Readers World – Holland;  McLean & Eakin – Petoskey; Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord; Between The Covers – Harbor Springs;  Horizon Books in Traverse City and now, The Bookman in Grand Haven! Online orders are available here on our website.  NOTE:   Shipping costs have increased due to changes at the US Post Office.

 

 

A Collection of Exciting Contributors – from Up North

Walloon Writers Review is honored to share the talents of our outstanding contributors.  Over the next few weeks, we are offering an opportunity to learn a little about the exciting Fourth Edition contributors who make Walloon Writers Review special.

Our Fourth Edition spectacular cover photography titled ” Rumblings On the Little Bay” was contributed by Harbor Springs artist Kelly Tingle Kazmierski.  Three of her works are included in our Fourth Edition, including “Morning Glory” and “View of the Beast” as they capture an array of unique and breathtaking moments.  Kelly Tingle Kazmierski is a multi-medium artist and creator of original and commissioned works of photography, pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil and mosaic.  Kelly’s most recent distinctions are highlighted with an Art Prize 2016 top-20 finalist selection, the publishing of her children’s book, The Girl with Spaghetti Hair, and a heritage photograph honored by the Harbor Springs Historical Society.  Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, former school teacher and veterinary technician, Kelly is a year round resident of beautiful Harbor Springs, Michigan where her influences are rooted in the natural majesty of the Great Lakes and purity of animals and nature.  Here, surrounded by inspiration, is where she works from her studio above the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

Petoskey writer Glen Young submitted vivid poetry that captures the imagination and instantly transported us to the places he creates in his delectable crafting of words. Three of his poems “Ava Gardner, Casting for Native Brook Trout, Somewhere along the Yellow Dog River, 1954”; “Men Grooming Horses”; and “Miss Millay and Me” are presented together in our Fourth Edition.  From his bio:  Glen Young paints houses on Mackinac Island and teaches school in Petoskey. He is a longtime freelance writer.  His poetry appeared recently in Thoreau at Mackinac, and he served as editor of the collection Beneath the Lilac Canopy.

 

 

A Collection of Exciting Contributors

Let’s start 2019 off with kudos to all of the talented contributors who make Walloon Writers Review possible!  Thank you and bravo! We are honored to share the writing and photography of such outstanding contributors, give voice to new writers and photographers, and a special place for Michigan-inspired materials for more well-recognized authors and artists.

Over the next few weeks, we would like to share a bit about the contributors you’ll find inside Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition.   From the west side of Michigan, here are two contributors you’ll be excited to know about.

“Pine River Raid” by Brett Allen is one of the great short stories selected for our Fourth Edition.  Brett Allen is a West Michigan author and U.S. Army veteran, is originally from Fremont but, now residing in Ada, Michigan with his wife, two young children and devious dog.  When not writing and spending time with his family, he enjoys exploring the vast expanses of Michigan’s bountiful breweries.  For the past 20 years, Brett’s made annual summer camping trips to the Pine River.  “This story is my story from my first trip so many years ago,” writes Brett.

Poet Greg Rappleye shared “Missing Woman Found Alive In Quarry” for our Fourth Edition.  So rich is his writing, we felt like we were standing on the sidelines as the poem unfolded.  From his bio:  Greg Rappleye’s poems have previously appeared in Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and other literary journals.  His second book of poems, A Path Between Houses (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000) won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry.  His third book, Figured Dark (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) was first runner-up for the Dorset Prize and was published in the Miller Williams Poetry Series.  His latest book, Tropical Landscape with Ten Hummingbirds, was published  this past fall by Dos Madres Press.  He teaches at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

We are really pleased to share these exciting writers with you in our Fourth Edition.

Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition is available at independent bookstores in Northern Michigan, including Between The Covers Harbor Springs, McLean & Eakin Booksellers Petoskey, Horizon Books Traverse City, and Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, as well as here on our website through Square (a safe & familiar payment processing company to those of us who choose to spend an enormous amount of time in coffee shops and bookstores) or at Amazon.com.  We encourage you to please inquire about Walloon Writers Review at an independent bookseller near you!

 

 

 

 

 

Counting Down Days….

There is still time to order or pick up a copy of Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition in time for Christmas! Visit area independent booksellers like Saturn Books in downtown Gaylord, Horizon Books in Traverse City, Between The Covers in Harbor Springs and McLean & Eakin in Petoskey. For out of area orders, we can still ship to the Midwest but, beyond that, they may arrive late.