U.P. Reader -- Issue #3: Bringing Upper Michigan Literature to the World

U.P. Reader -- Issue #3: Bringing Upper Michigan Literature to the World

by Mikel Classen (Editor)

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Overview

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is blessed with a treasure trove of storytellers, poets, and historians, all seeking to capture a sense of Yooper Life from settler's days to the far-flung future. Since 2017, the U.P. Reader offers a rich collection of their voices that embraces the U.P.'s natural beauty and way of life, along with a few surprises.

The twenty-three works in this third annual volume take readers on U.P. road and boat trips from the Keweenaw to the Soo. Every page is rich with descriptions of the characters and culture that make the Upper Peninsula worth living in and writing about. U.P. writers span genres from humor to history and from science fiction to poetry. This issue also includes imaginative fiction from the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award winners, honoring the amazing young writers enrolled in all of the U.P.'s schools.

Featuring the words of Larry Buege, Mikel B. Classen, Deborah K. Frontiera, Jan Kellis, Amy Klco, David Lehto, Sharon Kennedy, Bobby Mack, Becky Ross Michael, T. Sanders, Donna Searight Simons and Frank Searight, Emma Locknane, Lucy Woods, Kaitlin Ambuehl, T. Kilgore Splake, Aric Sundquist, Ninie G. Syarikin, and Tyler R. Tichelaar.

U.P. Reader offers a wonderful mix of storytelling, poetry, and Yooper culture. Here’s to many future volumes!”

— Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

“As readers embark upon this storied landscape, they learn that the people of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offer a unique voice, a tribute to a timeless place too long silent.”

— Sue Harrison, international bestselling author of Mother Earth Father Sky

“I was amazed by the variety of voices in this volume. U.P. Reader offers a little of everything, from short stories to nature poetry, fantasy to reality, Yooper lore to humor. I look forward to the next issue.”

— Jackie Stark, editor, Marquette Monthly

U.P. Reader is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. A portion of proceeds from each copy sold will be donated to the UPPAA for its educational programming.

Learn more at www.UPReader.org

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615994472
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 03/14/2019
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the history, travel, outdoors, and culture of Michigan's North Country. A journalist, historian, photographer, and author with a fascination of the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. Classen makes his home in the oldest city in Michigan, the historic Sault Ste. Marie. He is also a collector of out-of-print history books, historical photographs, and prints of Upper Michigan. At Northern Michigan University, he studied English, history, journalism and photography. He lives with his wife, Mary L. Underwood, and his Labrador retriever, Grand Sable Dune.

His book, "Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Beacon on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast", was published in 2014 and his book, Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial, was published in 2015, both by the History Press. He has two books of fiction called "Lake Superior Tales" and "Journeys into the Macabre".

To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, check out his website http://www.mikelclassen.com.

Table of Contents

The Purloined Pasty, by Larry Buege 1

The Amorous Spotted Slug (A Yooper Legend), by Larry Buege 3

Grand Island for a Grand Time, by Mikel B. Classen 5

#2 Pencils, by Deborah K. Frontiera 8

The Rolls K’Nardly, by Jan Kellis 13

Seeds of Change, by Amy Klco 16

The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me by Amy Klco 18

The Best Trout I Never Ate, by David Lehto 24

Pirates, Gypsies and Lumberjacks, by David Lehto 26

Your Invitation to join the UPPAA Today 30

Cut Me, by Sharon Kennedy 31

The Demise of Christian Vicar, by Sharon Kennedy 35

Warmth, by Bobby Mack 37

U.P. Reader is Accepting Submissions for Issue #4 40

Welcome to Texas, Heikki Lunta! by Becky Ross Michael 41

Aiding and Abetting By T. Sanders 43

Three Roads, by Donna Searight Simons and Frank Searight 49

Young U.P. Authors Section 52

Trouble with Terrans, by Emma Locknane 53

Stellae, by Lucy Woods 60

Free by Kaitlin Ambuehl 66

Young Writers Encouraged to Submit to 2018 Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest. 70

becoming zen By T. Kilgore Splake 71

good life By T. Kilgore Splake 71

Catching Flies by Aric Sundquist 72

You Are Beautiful by Ninie G. Syarikin 77

The Snake Charmer by Ninie G. Syarikin 79

Summer of the Yellow Jackets by Tyler R. Tichelaar 80

Help Sell The U.P. Reader! 89

Come join UPPAA Online! 90

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