Walloon Writers Review would like to give thanks to all of our contributors who have made our little lit magazine grow and blossom and all of our bookseller friends who have shared the incredible poetry, stories and photography over the years.
We are so excited to share that Walloon Writers Review edition 6 – our first digital only release is under production. While this (like every. single. thing. in 2020) is taking a little longer than expected, we know it’s worth the wait.
This edition is edited by Glen Young, who has contributed poetry to Walloon Writers Review and serves as Associate Editor, which is so exciting because his fresh voice, exceptional talent and dedication to good writing makes for a really incredible edition.
After Thanksgiving, we will list the edition 6 Contributors you can look forward to reading and enjoying their photography upon release. Thanks to you, readers, writers, photographers, booksellers, graphic designers, friends and newcomers, we can look forward to a step away from the rough edges of this year and immerse ourselves in focusing on Northern Michigan, the beckoning Upper Peninsula and all of it’s natural beauty.
We give thanks to all and wish you a peaceful week.
You are in good company here, with brilliant leaves starting to flutter to the ground and seemingly all seasons temperatures ticking by throughout the day.
There is one week to go in our annual Call For Submissions and we are excited to see our in box active. If you sent something in and DID NOT receive an acknowledgement email, please resend your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Like everyone else, we made adjustments to our normal actions for 2020.
A little bird told me that normally quiet outdoor places are still seeing visitors and for many, it is outside where we feel most at home. If a drive is out of reach for you and your family, please visit your yard or a city park. The fresh air, endless natural phenomena and change of season will wrap joy around your soul.
Grateful for your ongoing enthusiasm for our collection of talented writing and photography. Please expect to hear from us again soon!
We post photos on Instagram, post and re-post amazing photos of the region on our FB page and call this a politics free zone. Here, you can breathe, tap into good feelings and know that we are all part of a creative comminity. Insights, art, stories, reflections and moments in nature captured in words woven like silk flow through our contributors. It can all be delightful in the face of the drudgery.
As always, Walloon Writers Review attempts to capture and share original creative writing and nature photography inspired by and about northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. No experience required.
DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30th! Please visit our Submissions tab for our Edition 6 Guidelines…it’s all different this year! Now more than ever, your writing and photography, the reflections and voices from and about Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula need to be shared. We welcome your submissions!
With some initial trepidation over crowds, we walked the pathways of the upper and lower falls yesterday. Stepping out on the overlook, where this photo was taken, the mist sprinkled us. It’s almost a pilgrimage of summer for a lot of us who grew up in Michigan. The might of the tons of water careening over slick rock is exciting at the moment you stand close enough to feel the mist.
The Mighty Mac stands proudly between our two peninsulas and driving over yesterday, the vista showed off the deep blue of the straits and rooster tail of the ferry on its way to Mackinac Island.
Summer of 2020 is not the same as summers before or holding all of the excitement we planned but, stepping outside, smelling cedars, pine, hemlock and standing in the tannin stained Superior, gingered river of the falls, and in the way back home, the crystal blue of northern edges of Lake Michigan felt amazing.
Walloon Writers Review will eventually get down to business and announce our Call for Submissions. For now, summer’s calling…check back again, soon!
And, like that, snap! It’s summer….warm sunshine, big waves, screams of laughter and joy. Sunsets that take your breath away.
Walloon Writers Review is making plans for our next edition, reflecting upon the events of the day, working to stay aligned with our mission of offering a publication where you can share your reflections of Northern Michigan and the UP, inspired by the natural beauty, inclusive of all audiences, and know that readers are excited to delve into these original creative writings and nature photography.
Visit our website again for updates and watch our social media outlets for information about this unique lit mag, created especially for the passion this place inspires.
Should you have missed our Fifth Edition, check out the tab on where to find Walloon Writers Review. More locations are adding us in, online and in person. Please…Be sure to support your local independent bookstores in any way you can. They need our support while slowly we make our way back to snapping up titles in the window, staff picks and have all curated thoughtful collections to help us all through challenging and changing times.
Til next month…wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July!
This spring we are all doing our best to stay home, stay safe and let the virus slow in our precious state of Michigan. It’s been a great time for bird watching and the increased numbers of wildlife taking advantage of quieter streets and wooded areas and stepping out has been exciting. We spotted a porcupine up in the tree at the end of the road after heavy rains and the Tom turkeys were dancing around last week, showing off their full feathers. This week we have evidence of critters, peepers and last night, GNATS! Hopefully, the mosquitos got word that we’re under lock and key and they should stay home, too.
In our 5th Edition, Steve Huder’s Torch Lake Fox reminds us of springtime and sunshine. Recently, we reposted photography of a mother Fox and her kits and beautiful birds from around the state. We remind ourselves and our readers of the amazing beauty of Northern Michigan and if you are away, it’s all still here. It’s just taking an awfully long time to warm up, which is okay under these circumstances.
Writers and Writing!
Congratulations to the Crooked Tree Arts Center Young Writer’s Exposition winners! We are also really excited to read a bit about the Boyne City Writes! Project by the Boyne City Public Library, for residents to share their great writing.
Also, be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter and Newpages.com for writing contests, photography contests and virtual galleries to continue sharing your amazing talents.
Thank you very much for participating in our Lunch Money Fundraiser for the Manna Food Project of Northern Michigan! It’s good to pull together even from our favorite chair to help others in need right now. It’s never too late to share lunch money with this organization. Keep our food pantries in mind while we all try to get back to work slowly and safely. ☺️