Hanging with Upper Peninsula Writers

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What a great bunch of folks I got to meet on my recent adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These are photos that my darling Christopher took of events.

At Lake Superior State College I got to be on a panel with Sue Harrison (middle, in black with wine glass), who just received the Writing the (inaugural) 2013 Writing the U.P. Award, and Ellen Airgood, author of the wildly popular South of Superior, which I’m reading right now. It’s good! Sue Harrison is the bestselling author of Mother Earth, Father Sky and many other Prehistory books.  Here some of us are having a drink after our event at the Soo Brewery in Sault Ste. Marie. (beside me is author and LSSU professor Mary McMyne), in black shirt at the back is Diane Pingatore, who asked us all brilliant questions at the LSSU event, and on the right are Ellen Airgood, Ron Riekki, and Scott Hamilton).

Here I’m with librarian and program organizer at Peter White Library in Marquette, Michigan, Margaret Boyle. The following day I conducted a workshop for new writers.

Here are five of us at the Tahquamenon Public and School Library in Newberry, Michigan .  (Tour organizer Ron Riekki (writer, editor of the anthology The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula Works), BJC,  Steve Hamilton (author of the Alex McNight detective series), Ellen Airgood, and the fabulous fiction writers John Smolens.

Here are Steve Hamilton and Ron Riekki and I at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore in Munising, Michigan. The owner Nancy Dwyer treated me to a yummy salad with Lake Superior whitefish on it.

Here are a bunch of us on a panel at the North Winds Bookstore in Hancock, Michigan.  (Book store manager Alana Nolan,  poet Randall Freisinger, Native American writer April Lindala, Ron Riekki, and poet and fiction writer Phillip Sterling.) The bookstore is part of Finlandia University, formerly Suomi College. We stayed three nights in Hancock, and especially enjoyed Finnish pancakes at the Suomi restaurant.

Grandpa’s Barn Books in Copper Harboar was a great place to visit, and some might even want to live there.  Here on the porch are Keith Taylor, owner Lloyd Wescoat, poet Randall Freisenger, and Ron Riekki. Lloyd loaned me a bicycle and I tore all over town. Chris and I drove out to the tip of the peninsula, where I found and ate many handfuls of thimbleberries.

We had fun here too, at the Dickinson County  Library in Iron Mountain, with Ron Riekki, Sue Harrison, poet Beverly Matherne from Northern Michigan University (who writes in English and French), and Keith Taylor. What a panel!

One of the highlights of the trip to the Upper Peninsula was meeting poet and professor  Catie Rosemurgy (in yellow) in Escanaba, Michigan.  Ron and I are flanking her, and the head librarian Carolyn Stacey is behind us.

DSCN1514A Manistique Library BookWorldIronMountain BookWorldMarquetteHere is a photo taken at Harbor Springs (a few miles below the bridge, but part of the official UP Tour).  Here you’ll see Steve Amick wearing the Pacific University shirt, the owner of Between the Covers, Katie, kneeling in the flannel shirt, and a few others. We had a fun visit from my old friend Donna Deal, and we loved meeting the other  folks in the photo.

And here we are at the Manistique Public and School Library, with poet Amber Edmondson, Phillip Sterling, poet Elinor Benedict, and Ron. There are only a few places in the state where the public and school libraries are joined, and we visited two of them.

There are three more photos below. In order of where appear:

Book World in Iron Mountain: I’m with Ron, Beverly Matherne, and a bookseller,

At Marquette Book World, here are Russell Thornburn (2013 Poet Laureate of the UP), Jane Piirto, April Lindala, Ron and I).

There’s one of Ron and me with children’s book author Janice Repka (dark hair) at the St. Ignace Book World. The blond woman is the bookstore manager.


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About bonniejocampbell

I'm the author of ONCE UPON A RIVER, AMERICAN SALVAGE, Q ROAD, WOMEN & OTHER ANIMALS. I love Michigan, donkeys, black walnuts, blackcap raspberries, Flannery O'Connor.
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