Just a little Northern Michigan to share with you today….

blue by Jennifer Huder Copyright Walloon Writers Review 2020

Just before we went into Stay Home mode here, I drove up Straits Highway, through Topinabee along Mullett Lake and on up to Mackinaw City in the sunshine. By the time I reached this shore, clouds had rolled in but enough sun and sky was out to sparkle the ice blue. I wondered as I took this series of photos if we were next on lockdown. I wished it wasn’t happening, but then I looked through the viewfinder on my phone and took this picture.

I am compelled to write, to capture this unique part of the world in words and in photography. Nothing makes me feel more comforted, inspired, motivated and free than being outside in Northern Michigan and I’m convinced it’s a feeling that is shared by many many others. I can’t send you a pine cone right now or a waft of pine trees dense with spring rain, but I can remind you of them, of drifts of snow, of summer sunsets and blue waters.

The stars were so brilliant the other night, I was mildly surprised at them for looking so beautiful at such a horrible time, but they gave me hope for another day.

I am grateful to our independent bookstores and hope you’ll visit their websites, order a book, sign up for subscriptions, buy gift certificates for upcoming graduates, a copy of Walloon Writers Review or a pack of magazines to pass the time. Were it not for independent bookstores, I would not have become a writer. Our small indie stores throughout Michigan preserve the inspiration for young writers, embolden others to begin putting down their stories to share. In these books, and on their covers, interesting photography and art is there to inspire or bring you to a place in time.

I hope you’ll stand outside and catch a ray of sunshine, a flock of birds noisily announcing their arrival, a squirrel running across your path or a handful of stars sparkling at you and find a moment of peace.

-Jennifer Huder, editor

Leap Into March

Yesterday, the elusive 29th of February brought ideas of fantastic adventures in time portals that only reveal themselves on this calendar catch up day.

Last year at Walloon just around the break of Spring

A hint of new beginnings prompts many of us to stretch our creative souls, come out from hibernation of elegant tea, amber ales and deep red wine aside the fire as we delve into books we stacked up all year to read.

Up north, March is everyseason rolled into one. But, the snow looks different, the mud season begins, coffee is to keep up the war against ice patches and yet more snow. Interesting events start popping up on calendars and they seem less treacherous to consider.

As you start your spring preparation, planning for Northern Michigan and UP adventures, remember to share your ideas on paper…plant seeds for the story or poem you hope to share come September.

Check back and stay in touch as we roll out readings from Walloon Writers Review contributors around the state to bring a reminder of the inspiring beauty of Northern Michigan and the UP closer to you.

‘Everyone wants a place where they feel safe,’ says Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate – The Washington Post

She says our global community is at a dire environmental moment in our collective history.
— Read on

“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.

Wow! Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition is available right now in stores and online!

Stunning cover photography by Melissa Seitz

Walloon Writers Review has hit the shelves at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Between the Covers in Harbor Springs and Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord!

You can shop in person or you can order your copy of Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition in time for the holidays from our independent bookstore friends! 103 pages of amazing writing and photography about and inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula!

Out of the area? Order Online!

Please follow this link to McLean & Eakin in Petoskey – shipping is only $.99!

You can also order from Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord – where shipping is $1.99 with as many books as you like in your on-line cart! Visit and search for Wallon Writers Review Fifth Edition!

Enjoy incredible poetry, stories, creative writing and beautiful nature photography by Michigan authors and photographers and those outside the area who have ties to the region or make the trek for adventure, family, vacation, or just to see the incredible beauty of this amazing region.

Walloon Writers Review features exceptional creative writing and photography by well-known and first time in print contributors. Available in paperback only – we hope you will share our independent literary magazine with writers, readers, photographers, campers, fishers, boaters, beachers, stone hunters, flyers, skiers, snowboarders, hikers, bikers, fudgies, trolls, yoopers, sailors, skippers, walkers, runners, ferry riders, falls seekers, sunset and sunrise watchers, and anyone you know who loves it up here! The magazine is edited by founder Jennifer Huder and Associate Editor Glen Young and is suitable for a general audience.

Many thanks to our independent booksellers across Michigan for supporting Michigan-made books and literary magazines including Walloon Writers Review! Walloon Writers Review is based in Petoskey, Michigan.

Please stop by back for more places to buy your copy as they become confirmed!

Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition is on its way to bookstores now!

Cover Photograph by Melissa Seitz

Walloon Writers Review is proud to announce the release of our Fifth Edition! On its way to bookstores now, this unique collection of Northern Michigan & Upper Peninsula inspired poetry, short stories, creative writing (lyrics!) and nature photography features Michigan writers and Michigan photographers, along with those who have ties or spent time in the region.

Bursting with images painted in words, soaring photography and moments of reflection unique to this incredible region, readers will experience well published contributors reflecting on this theme alongside emerging talent. We are honored to have a blend of both.

We encourage you to read the special section of award-winning poetry and prose from Crooked Tree Arts Center 17th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition. Walloon Writers Review supports this event to encourage the exciting young talent emerging from the north.

Check out the continuing updates on Where To Find Walloon Writers Review Fifth Edition tab and follow the continued successes of our contributors and other notable events on our Creative Community page! Thank you to everyone who submitted materials for this edition. A donation will be announced of the portion of all reading fees collected for our Fifth edition.

Thank you for your help in growing this lit magazine dedicated to celebrating Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula!