Inside Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition: A Celebration of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

Autumn Palette by Jennifer Uehlein Reynolds Copyright 2021

Inside Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition, you’ll find a celebration of the amazing experiences only found in this part of the world. Our collection shares the seasons, the adventures, the interactions with nature and with others in a special region from just above the middle of the lower peninsula to the outreaches of the Upper Peninsula.

One of the outstanding photography submissions this edition is by photographer Jennifer Uehlein Reynolds. We are honored to include with amazing photograph that has already been recognized by an area art gallery for its beauty. You’ll find more of Jennifer’s photography interspersed with outstanding short stories, poetry and musings in writing and in even more nature photography.

Walloon Writers Review On The Air at WNMU-FM90 Northern Arts & Culture with Hans Ahlström

This fall, WNMU-FM 90 included a reading and interview with Milton Bates, one of our returning poetry contributors. His readings are from his poetry included in this edition of Walloon Writers Review. We would like to thank Hans Ahlström, host of Northern Arts & Culture, as well as several other programs on the Marquette-based public radio station for sharing a little bit about the contributors who make Walloon Writers Review special!

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition is on the shelves!

Beautiful cover by East Jordan photographer Karen Walker

We are so excited to announce, on behalf of the exciting Contributors to this edition that Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition is released and in bookstores! This collection is exciting and features a number of short stories, wonderful poetry, vivid nature photography, exceptional creativity, and many new and returning contributors. This is our largest edition at 182 pages!

There is something incredible about the passion and creativity inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. In story, reflection, moving and vivd poetry, and beautiful nature photography, this collection offers really incredible writing and images true to the spirit of the region. We are so honored to welcome many new photographers to our collection!

Check out our tab – “Where to Find Walloon Writers Review” for booksellers in the region and beyond!

out out to our amazing designers, including Angela Saxon, Heather Shaw, and the whole team at Mission Point Press in Traverse City! Thank you for helping us realize such a beautiful publication.

Here are some snaps from our Seventh Edition Contributors Launch Gathering held last week at the beautiful Walloon Lake Winery in Petoskey!

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition Contributors Announced!

Walloon Writers Review is pleased to announce the names of the Contributors included in the upcoming release of Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition. We are so excited to share this collection and hope you will enjoy the materials included by these talented writers and photographers as much as we do.

Watch for our Release Date announcement coming soon!

We are honored to share this list of contributors who make our upcoming 182-page edition exceptional.

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition Contributors:

  • Susan Allen
  • Michele Austin
  • Elizabeth J. Bates
  • Milton J. Bates
  • Joyce Brinkman
  • Tamar Charney
  • Emily Colby
  • Thomas Ford Conlan
  • Art Curtis
  • Jim Daniels
  • Bonnie Dankert
  • S.D. Dillon
  • Lauren Driscoll
  • Lisa Fosmo
  • Hailey French
  • CJ Giroux
  • Grace Giroux
  • Laura Story Johnson
  • Deda Kavanagh
  • Susan Kirt
  • Katy Klimczuk
  • Candace J. Lee
  • James P. Lenfestey
  • John Lennon
  • Ellen Lord
  • Raymond Luczak
  • Paul Maxbauer
  • Marsha Jane Orr
  • Charles Rammelkamp
  • Greg Rappleye
  • Russell Reece
  • F.W. “Skip” Renker
  • Jennifer Uehlein Reynolds
  • Philip Rice
  • Christine Saari
  • Melissa Seitz
  • Moon Seagren
  • Joseph Slaney
  • Shelley Smithson
  • Phillip Sterling
  • Edy Stoughton
  • Patricia Trentacoste
  • Taylor Tucker
  • Edd Tury
  • Tara Vancil
  • Robert Vivian
  • Karen Walker * Cover Photography Artist
  • Ellen Schettling Whitehead
  • Gabriel Wilder
  • Glen Young

Special Section: Winners of the 2021 19th Annual Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Young Writers Exposition

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition….(coming soon!)

Photo by Polina Kovaleva on

Hi friends! While this is NOT our upcoming cover, we are excited to update everyone on our progress for this edition!

We had an enormous response to this recent Call For Submissions! Wow – it’s so exciting to know how many people want to share their northern Michigan and UP reflections, tales, photography and poetry with others. The review period took a very loooong time but please know that we read and reread (viewed and re-viewed) every submission more that a few times around. With such an amazing response, we were honored, but grimly understood that even with expanded capacity, we just couldn’t include it all.

For everyone who took the time to submit one or more of the wonderful creative reflections, memories, thoughts, events and places in northern Michigan and the UP that crossed our desk, thank you for sharing those with us! It was a challenge to make the final selections.

We hope if you missed our Call For Submissions this time around, you’ll sign up for our email list to be notified of our next Call date. ( We don’t send out a lot of emails…like a few each year)

As we are in production right now for Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition, we hope to stay on track for a late Spring release date! Please keep an eye out for an announcement and as always, we hope you will support independent bookstores throughout the northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula, such as Between The Covers – Harbor Springs, McLean & Eakin – Petoskey, Horizon Books – Traverse City & Cadillac, Bay Books in Suttons Bay, Parallel 45 in Alpena, Adams McAdams in Central Lake, Snowbound Books-Marquette, Island Books – Mackinac Island, (our beloved Saturn Booksellers-Gaylord until 4/1/22), or downstate atThe Bookman – Grand Haven, and Reader’s World in Holland!

We are also honored to be available at, and

Walloon Lake Writer’s Retreat – March 4-6th

Writers – check out this exciting event coming up next month. Walloon Lake Writer’s Retreat at Hotel Walloon featuring author Cristen Hemingway Jaynes! The above information shares the details. This is a really neat opportunity for writers… be sure to share the news!

As the sun sets on 2021…

Copyright Walloon Writers Review 2021

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported Walloon Writers Review this year! Thank you so much for your recent submissions for our upcoming edition and for current and previous contributors for sharing your talents with all of us. Thank you for reading and sharing our collection with friends, family and visitors.

We want to thank all of the independent bookstores for inspiring writers, encouraging readers, sharing stunning books of photography and including Walloon Writers Review and other Michigan focused publications in your stores!

Winter 2022 will bring announcements of final selections and the upcoming release date of our seventh edition of Walloon Writers Review in the Spring. We hope you will continue to join us!

Happy New Year!

Our Call For Submissions is open until tomorrow

Walloon Writers Review will accept your short story, poem(s), nature photography and other creative writing expressions until tomorrow! Please take the time to review the guidelines our Edition 7 editor Glen Young has offered up on the Submissions tab, and follow the link to Submittable. Again, photography submissions are direct to

If you are sending your submissions to multiple outlets, you may withdraw your submission from consideration no later than January 15, 2022. Please email us at to request withdrawal. Also, if your work has been published elsewhere already, it it so very important to let us know so that we can obtain proper permissions to re-publish.

Thank you to all of our readers, production and publishing partners, like Mission Point Press in Traverse City, our treasured independent bookstores (listed on our site), our librarians, our readers and our Creative Community of current and former contributors. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Counting Down to December 15th

This may be the perfect weekend to get your submissions in ….the snow is about to come down and really turn the north into the winter wonderland we’ve been waiting for and that means sledding, cookies, hot chocolate, skiing, snowmobiling, hot toddy’s, a tall beer or hot cider, a high fire in the fireplace, a really good book beside a colorful blaze warming the room and cozy evenings.

Our upcoming edition is edited by Glen Young who lead the way in our “edition 6”, lowercase and reversed as a nod to the craziness the world was experiencing at the time of our publication. We have yet to decide if we return to 7th Edition or Edition 7 – either way, be a part of it by sending us your best work.

Glen has welcomed submitters and offered a theme under the Submissions tab and our guidelines are posted as well. No more than three submissions, one fee for three photographs sent directly to us. Email photography to

We are honored by the support we have received from the writing and photography community, independent bookstores and libraries throughout Michigan and of course our staff. For those who have already sent your work to us, thank you so much! We receive all materials and then begin our review.

As always, we are excited to read and see what you send in!

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