What makes Walloon Writers Review so special? Contributors like you!


It’s already that time….Walloon Writers Review is now accepting submissions for our next edition, due out in Spring, 2022! This is such an exciting time for the magazine and we have a lot to share.

Welcome everyone interested in learning more about the magazine and especially those interested in contributing to our annual collection! Here you will find out a bit more about us and if you are returning, it’s always good to see you!

Between our pages is a sense of camaraderie around the deep passion for this part of the country, for this very special part of the state of Michigan. This place calls to some -beckoning them to get out and explore it, see it and experience it. For many of us, it’s a place where the best memories are made and treasured, where excitement and adventure are ready to share and so many find creative inspiration. At Walloon Writers Review, we gather around our creative community campfire, telling stories, reading something that captures the feeling we left with or lean in to see the really cool picture someone captured while here.

This shared collection is printed annually to share with others and it’s so important to call out the incredible bookstores who have a special corner or table or shelf just for Michigan writers and photographers. Their support of independent publications, such as Walloon Writers Review is greatly appreciated. We hope you will explore them in person or online, or choose them as beneficiaries of your online book buying on Bookshop.org! See the list of great places at the end of this post.

Please consider sharing your writing or photography with Walloon Writers Review during our Call For Submissions! All of the information and a welcoming note from our Associate Editor Glen Young can be found on our Submissions tab, including a theme for this upcoming Edition 7. Know that if you have never submitted a piece to us or anyone else before, we publish first time in print right alongside established, even award-winning, nationally recognized writers and photographers. It’s a level playing field. It’s about up north and the UP – it’s about what makes this place special.

Thank you and thanks to the following bookstores across Michigan where you can find great books and collections of poetry, national best sellers and locally scribed books, chapbooks and literary magazines like ours:

Bay Books Suttons Bay

Between The Covers  Harbor Springs

Island Books Mackinac Island

Horizon Books  Traverse City and Cadillac

McLean & Eakin  Petoskey

Reader’s World  Holland

Saturn Booksellers  Gaylord

Snowbound Books  Marquette

The Bookman  Grand Haven

Walloon Writers Review is published by Mission Point Press and distributed by Ingram. Our current edition, Walloon Writers Review “edition 6” is available now at the above listed booksellers, and online at Bookshop.org or BarnesandNoble.com. Have a question? Please email us at editor@walloonwriters.com.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve submitted! You will be contacted as an acknowledgement for your submission and you will hear our determination, as well. Each published contributor receives one courtesy copy of the magazine shipped to them directly. With the ever changing landscape, we hope to return to in person events in 2022.

Falling For Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

This fantastic cover photo was submitted by Marquette area photographer Elizabeth J. Bates, capturing the colors of fall, the fantastic reflection of the day and is just bursting with stunning natural beauty.

We are mulling through late summer, autumn’s stunning colors leaving us breathless and serene. Walloon Writers Review staff have been out and about checking in with booksellers and those who help others find out about this exciting collection of original creative writing, nature photography, poetry, musings and a few memories.

While you might often visit our page just about now to get the scoop on submissions, our “axis” tilted with all the usual craziness of this year and we are shifting our schedule to accommodate. Be sure to check back very soon for Call For Submissions very soon! Now is a great time to pick up a copy to get to know the types of outstanding materials we share.

Fall is a favorite time of year – hmmm… did I say that about Winter, Spring and Summer, too? Okay busted! The leaves falling … riding on a sudden breeze…smacking the side of your head while you read on the lounge chair – absentmindedly swatting them off, the incredible vistas of red, oranges, yellows and brown against sunshine, blue skies and the ever-present evergreens that send their rich fragrance into the air.

It’s a great time to be a reader and a writer. So excited to share on our Facebook page as many of the author and writers events, in person and via Zoom! We were present at Harbor Springs Festival of the Book with such exciting presentations by an exciting authors; National Writers Series – Pam Houston (had to do online), stopped in Bay Books this week to catch up and talk Leelanau County writers, including Kathleen Stocking, Pierce Stocking’s daughter – if you haven’t been to Sleeping Bear Dunes – don’t miss that!

We are honored to also have an opportunity to talk about Walloon Writers Review with Petoskey News-Review, Northern Express and Kurt Hauswirth at WNMUFM.org, in Marquette!

Right now, you can buy a copy of Walloon Writers Review edition 6 in the following delightful bookstores in Michigan:

  • Bay Books – Suttons Bay
  • Between The Covers – Harbor Springs
  • Horizon Books – Traverse City
  • Island Books – Mackinac Island
  • McLean & Eakin – Petoskey
  • Reader’s World – Holland
  • Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord
  • Snowbound Books – Marquette
  • The Bookman – Grand Haven

Check back soon!

Summer At It’s Best

Kitch iti kipi – Simply amazing

Diving into cool water, dropping a line in to catch a fish, hopping on bikes and discovering new pathways, flying across the water as sails snap in strong winds, zinging along dirt trails on ATV’s, walking along the shoreline – inland, island, Great Lake or river – exploring the endless treasures and sites we always hoped we would find time to see, this summer has been amazing up here.

We feel the shift in the sunlight this week, noted by the golden color of the sand in the afternoon, wildflowers and cattails towering over the mailboxes, earlier sunsets and slightly shorter days. The meteor shower has ended but the night sky continues to send shooting stars across the black silk of space, constellations ever present and stars so bright, they look like they are ripe for picking.

This moment, the last few weeks of the season, offer time for reflection, fun, focus on getting that last trip in or sharing time with family and friends before the harvest, work, school, and endless schedules begin… time to savor the taste of an ice cream cone, s’mores, fresh whitefish and salmon dinners or a charred hot dog off the campfire.

The lake is calling

We usually gather in fall to share our stories, our poetry and spectacular photography – all inspired by the magnificence of this region. This year, we will be starting our Call for Submissions later in the season as the brilliance of the leaves turns, and just before the rain or snow! hits. Enjoy every minute…every adventure.

Please keep an eye out for an update sometime in September, with plenty of time to make ready your submissions. Right now, the sun is shining, the water is clear and the best of the summer is in full swing. Enjoy every second of it.

Only In Michigan

Shower Over Wilderness Bay ©Jonathan Jordan 2020

This photo is one of the amazing nature photography selections you’ll find in Walloon Writers Review edition 6. Jon Jordan is a contributor you may recognize from his story contributions, including in this edition “Strait Storm”. Be sure to check out a copy of Walloon Writers Review edition 6 for his story from the Les Cheneaux, and more.

We spoke with a member of the media today about how much we all love to share our tales, family stories, impressions and photography of the stunning natural beauty around every corner in this region. Sharing those stories, poems, musings and pictures is what this annual collection is all about.

You’ll find a range of perspectives on the region, suitable for everyone to enjoy – by exceptional writers, who are well-known and already holding their own spot on the shelves in bookstores and libraries to newly emerging writers and photographers. It’s a pick up, read a few and put it down kind of publication – and it’s in print, ready to share with friends and family on the deck, the screened porch, cabin rainy day bookshelf or just around where a little quiet time outside means unplugging and enjoying everything this part of Michigan can offer.

You can find Walloon Writers Review edition 6 on the shelves in many independent bookstores around the region …. from Marquette to Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Gaylord to Suttons Bay and Traverse City and down state. Not near a bookstore? Discover Bookshop.org (also supporting local bookstores!) or Barnes&Noble.com.

Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is edited by Glen Young – who was last seen paddling a kayak off Mackinac Island – and features Michigan minded content, new contributors and familiar names. We’d like to welcome writers James P. Lenfestey, James J. Bogan, Jr. and Kacey Riley and nature photographers Lisa Fosmo, Karen Walker and cover contributing photographer, Elizabeth J. Bates.

Enjoy the best of summer right now – the sun is shining and it’s a gorgeous day in Northern Michigan. See ya outside!

Jennifer Huder – Founding editor

Making It’s Way!

Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is making its way to some exciting locations this year! This edition of Walloon Writers Review is on the shelves or on order /available to order at so many exciting independent bookstores around Michigan! Wow! To name a few:

  • McLean & Eakin – Petoskey
  • Between The Covers – Harbor Springs
  • Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord
  • Snowbound Books – Marquette
  • Bay Books – Suttons Bay
  • Horizon Books – Traverse City
  • The Bookman – Grand Haven
  • Island Books – Mackinac Island
  • Reader’s World – Holland
  • Nicola’s Books – Ann Arbor
Beautiful photography on the cover of this edition by Elizabeth J. Bates – see more amazing nature photography inside!

There are a lot of amazing indie booksellers around this great State. Please check back for updates on Where to Find Walloon Writers Review edition 6! A recent online search pulled up delightful list of amazing booksellers around Michigan and even a description from an indie bookstore in Southern California and OMG – Sweden!? Tack tack, Bokus.com!

Please be sure to visit a Michigan independent bookstore. We are so grateful for their support and for all the exciting events they offer for readers and writers.

Out of the area or not quite ready to hop inside? Please check out Bookshop.org and choose a favorite regional independent bookstore to support. Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is also available on Barnes & Noble.com.

While we all breath a small sigh of relief that these iconic bookstores have persevered, maybe we can show our appreciation by doing some of our holiday shopping in July this year!

Eh hem, (shameless self promotion alert!). Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is a collection to be enjoyed and shared by everyone! Suitable for general audiences, our contributors share impressions, stories, beautiful poetry and amazing nature photography of and about Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula – and we even feature a section of young writers award winning poetry and prose from the local school district. You’ll find a pleasant reading experience with many different perspectives.

Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is edited by Associate Editor Glen Young. Enjoy this selection of original writing and photography by Michigan writers, authors, photographers and those who have ties to the region.

Walloon Writers Review edition 6 is published by Mission Point Press of Traverse City, Michigan. All rights remain with the original authors and photographers.

Cover of Walloon Writers Review edition 6

WALLOON WRITERS REVIEW edition 6 just released the print edition and it’s on the shelves at area independent bookstores throughout Northern Michigan and beyond! This exciting collection, edited by our Associate Editor Glen Young, focuses on nature and has a few nice surprises… including opening with a selection from a poem by Jim Harrison, “Solstice Litany: Part 5”, (reprinted with permission).

Setting the tone for an enjoyable read for general audiences, this edition features mostly Michigan writers and photographers, with a few included who spend time here seasonally, used to live here and or have ties to the region. Walloon Writers Review proudly includes the award winning selections from the 2020 Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Young Writers Exposition in a special section.

This edition features the following contributors:

Priscilla Atkins, Elizabeth J. Bates,
James J. Bogan, Jr., Yuan Changming, Thomas Ford Conlan,
Nancy Cook, Art Curtis, Lisa Fosmo, CJ Giroux, Grace
Giroux, Jonathan Jordan, Deda Kavanagh, Kelly Kazmierski,
James P. Lenfestey, John Lennon, Ellen Lord, Chris Lucka,
Raymond Luczak, Kenneth Pobo, Kacey Riley, Katherine
Roth, Melissa Seitz, Shelley B. Smithson, Bev Steckert,
Phillip Sterling, Edd Tury, Karen Walker, Michael S. Walker,
Allen M. Weber, Buff Whitman-Bradley and Glen Young.

This edition is our longest at 104 pages and the selected photography is in four color. Walloon Writers Review is meant to share which is why we release in print. Feel comfortable leaving your copy on the cottage bookshelf, back porch magazine table – it is suitable for general audience and captures the unique experiences of up North.

If you are out of state or in an area where an independent bookstore is hard to reach or you are just not ready to get out and shop yet, you can order a copy from Bookshop.org and select an independent bookstore to benefit from your purchase up here or where you are to order. We ran a test on this and ordered a copy for a reader in Arizona and her copy arrived quickly and in excellent condition.



Featuring Michigan writers and photographers, stories, poetry and nature photography all about and inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula – we are so excited to offer WALLOON WRITERS REVIEW “edition 6” in PRINT!

Please look for it at your favorite bookseller soon! We will update our page with sightings on bookstore shelves of this stunning 104 page collection, opening with a very special reprint of a stanza from a Jim Harrison poem, reprinted by special permission of The Permissions Company, on behalf of Copper Canyon Press. Our cover Photography is by UP Photographer Elizabeth J. Bates and inside, you’ll find an array of reflections on nature, this amazing region, good stories – a few fishing references and a lot to enjoy.

If you love Northern Michigan and the UP, the tales we share, the natural beauty that surrounds, astounds and inspires us, you’re in for a treat. The content is suitable for general audiences and a special section features award winning poetry and prose by young writers from the region.

Great for Father’s Day, cottage bookshelves, beach reading, side table’ pick and up and come back to’ over the whole four seasons – and enjoyable for everyone.

Walloon Writers Review features an array of accomplished and emerging writers and photographers. Check with your local independent bookseller this month!

Community Reads Around The Region!

It’s no secret Walloon Writers Review has a thing about our literary and writing community. This Spring brings us really exciting events that continue throughout this summer and fall in Northern Michigan. No matter where you are, you can join in and be a part of these events!

Walloon Lake Reads April 1st started a community read of The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway, which runs through May 13. This community read includes numerous speakers, historians and opportunities to learn more about Hemingway and family ties to Northern Michigan. Several events are planned for this Community Read and the “2021 Hemingway Homecoming”. Follow this link for more information: https://www.walloonlakemi.com/walloon-lake-plans-hemingway-homecoming-activities-in-2021/

Provided by Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Harbor Springs Festival of The Book hosts ” One Bay, One Book Community Read” , a new element of their Festival programming. The Removed by 2018 Festival Presenter and National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson was selected for this year. Hobson will discuss his book in a virtual community event Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. The online event will be moderated by Margaret Noodin, poet and Professor of English and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Register and get your copy of The Removed here: https://www.hsfotb.org/products/1bay1book-brandon-hobson. Learn more about Harbor Springs Festival of the Book events at hsfotb.org.

Be sure to check back in with Walloon Writers Review soon! Good news is on the horizon!