“It’s whats inside that counts….”

…yes, but, the cover photography by Melissa Seitz …

Between the covers of Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition, readers can expect to find a journey of reflections from across the Upper Peninsula, hopscotching the islands that rest between then a burst from the northern lower. Northern Michigan and the UP in words and photography captured creatively by writers and photographers inspired by the natural beauty and the unique experiences of the region.

We are very honored to have incredibly talented contributors to our Fifth Edition. Check out the complete list of contributors in our earlier post. For the next several weeks, check out short highlights about each contributor!

The cricket in the corner chirps as the coffee percolates. Acorns hit the roof like artillery.

Amy zaranek “Guardian of the Northern lakes”
Walloon writers Review fifth edition

Amy Zaranek is an MFA student at Ashland University, where she is also the lead editor of creative nonfiction for The Black Fork Review. Her writing attempts to examine the issues of sustainability and agriculture in contemporary America. She lives and writes in Northern Michigan. Amy contributed the short story quoted above, “Guardian of the Northern Lakes”.

“…the slap of a wave against the boards or the hull of a boat, the dragon flies and the strident song of the cicadas crying out that all of this is passing,…”


Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy, Water and Abandon and two meditative essay collections, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket of Evening. His first poetry book is called Mystery My Country — and he’s co-written a second called Traversings with the poet Richard Jackson. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. His next book, coming out in 2020, is called All I Feel is Rivers. The above quote is taken from “Ever A Firefly” on page 22 of Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition.

Contributors to Walloon Writers Review retain the rights to their own work. The quotes above are from Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition and protected by copyright.


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