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
PRINT EDITION

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.

WALLOON WRITERS REVIEW EDITION 6

AT YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSTORE SOON!!

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!

MARCHING INTO SPRING

Brilliance in the skies and the magnificence of Northern Michigan’s beauty –

While we usher in March, hoping for the burst of Spring birds, warmer winds and peeks of grass and mud (haha), we wait patiently as gale winds flail about, and ice seems to just keep us on our toes. Thanks to Steve Huder for the phenomenal photo shown here.

We are waiting, too for the print release of Walloon Writers Review edition 6! Expect an update soon – but production is ongoing and finishing touches are coming together while we move off our free digital edition and onto our print version!

Check back with us soon!

Winter In Northern Michigan

We have waited for a long time to run straight into a snowbank, slide across snow packed trails on skis, sleds, skates and tires. Joy joy joy! Now the fun can begin! Winter is a stellar season in Northern Michigan and with our restaurants reopening, it feels like a celebration! But someone invited the North wind, so be sure to bundle up accordingly.

Walloon Writers Review edition 6, our first digital version of our regional literary magazine reached hundreds of viewers on issuu.com since we announced it in December! What a great opportunity to reach new audiences and offer the experience of our magazine in an online format. But, tradition calls and we hear you… so, we are excited to meet the many requests for a print version!

Walloon Writers Review Edition 6 in print is in production! Please check back with us for a release date.

Our thanks again to Mitchell Graphics of Petoskey in providing our e-edition design and upload to issuu.com so successfully!

Watch our website, Instagram and Facebook accounts for updates and we will keep you posted on when and where you can get your print copy of our 6th edition of Walloon writers review. Keep warm and have fun!