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


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.




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