U.P. Reader -- Volume #4: Bringing Upper Michigan Literature to the World

U.P. Reader -- Volume #4: Bringing Upper Michigan Literature to the World

by Mikel Classen (Editor)


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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 forty-five short works in this fourth 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 Karen Dionne, Donna Winters, Tyler R. Tichelaar, Brandy Thomas, Jon Taylor, T. Kilgore Splake, Joni Scott, Donna Searight Simons, Terry Sanders, Ninie G. Syarikin, Becky Ross Michael, Cyndi Perkins, Charli Mills, Tricia Carr, Raymond Luczak, David Lehto, Tamara Lauder, Chris Kent, Sharon Kennedy, Jan Stafford Kellis, Rich Hill, Elizabeth Fust, Deborah K. Frontiera, Ann Dallman, Mikel B. Classen, T. Marie Bertineau, Larry Buege, Craig Brockman, Megan Sutherland, May Amelia Shapton, Cora Mueller, and Fenwood Tolonen.

"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

The 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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615995080
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 777,903
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over 35 years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan's north country. He's written about travel, outdoors, the environment, Upper Peninsula history, and many other subjects. A journalist, historian, photographer, and author with a fascination about the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. Currently, he is managing editor of the U.P. Reader and is a member of the board of directors for the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. Classen makes his home in the oldest city in Michigan, historic Sault Ste. Marie. He collects out-of-print history books and 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, Gidget. 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. The History Press published both. He has a book of fiction called Lake Superior Tales, published by Modern History Press. To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, go to his website at www.mikelclassen.com.

Table of Contents

Moving Up by Donna Winters 1

The Many Lives of Pierre LeBlanc (Based upon an old U.P. legend) by Tyler R. Tichelaar 3

Service Alert By: Brandy Thomas 9

The River of the Dead, by Jon Taylor 13

How to Tell, by Jon Taylor 14

untitled symphony, by t. kilgore splake 15

god’s country, by t. kilgore splake 16

The Woundwort, by Joni Scott 17

Cousin Jack Foster, by Donna Searight Simons 20

Mi Casa en El Paso by Terry Sanders 21

Catching the Butterflies, by Ninie G. Syarikin 24

Love Is... By Ninie G. Syarikin 26

Much Different Animal, by Becky Ross Michael 27

Dry Foot, by Cyndi Perkins 28

Called to the Edge of Gichigami by Charli Mills 30

Your Invitation to join the UPPAA Today 33

Clark Kent Says It All, by Tricia Carr 35

Domestic Violence, by Tricia Carr 36

The Truck, by Raymond Luczak 41

Independence Day, by Raymond Luczak 42

Coyote Pups, by David Lehto 48

The Shepherd, by David Lehto 49

U.P. Summers Are For the Bugs, by Tamara Lauder 53

Muses from a Deer Shack Morning, by Chris Kent 54

Katie: Purity, by Sharon Kennedy 55

Quiet Times, by Sharon Kennedy 58

Addiction, by Jan Stafford Kellis 62

The Ratbag Family, by Jan Stafford Kellis 64

U.P. Reader is Accepting Submissions for Volume #5 66

The Bait Pile, by Rich Hill 67

Whiteout, by Rich Hill 71

Paper Tracks, by Elizabeth Fust 74

The Great Divide, by Elizabeth Fust 77

A Stone’s Story, by Deborah K. Frontiera 78

Awareness, by Ann Dallman 82

The Light Keeper Hero of Passage Island Lighthouse and the Wreck of the Monarch, by Mikel B. Classen 83

The Kalamazoo, by T. Marie Bertineau 86

Party Animals by Larry Buege 89

I Watched Someone Drown, by Craig Brockman 91

Shirley’s Cabins, by Craig Brockman 93

2020 U.P. Notable Books List 96

What I Learned from Writing my Breakout Book by Karen Dionne 97

Young U.P. Authors Section 101

Confliction by Megan Sutherland (1st Place Jr. Div.) 102

Crucify and Burn by May Amelia Shapton (1st Place Senior Div.) 109

Thief of Hearts by Cora Mueller (2nd Place Senior Div.) 111

Attention by Fenwood Tolonen (3rd Place Senior Div.) 117

Young Writers Encouraged to Submit to 2020 Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest. 118

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