The Upper Peninsula is beautiful, wild, and important to Michgan culture and history. Bookbug is proud to welcome four contributors to a new breathtaking anthology, AND HERE: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017. Join us for an evening of poetry, conversation and pasties with Michael Delp, M. Bartley Seigel, Keith Taylor and Jeff Vande Zande.
And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017, gives voice to Upper Peninsula writers, ensuring that they are included in Michigan’s rich literary history. Ambitiously, And Here includes great U.P. writing from every decade spanning from the 1910s to the 2010s. Taken as a whole, the anthology forcefully insists on the geographic and literary inclusion of the U.P.—on both the map and the page.
Michael Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of the following five books from Wayne State University Press - Over the Graves of Horses (1989), Under the Influence of Water (1992), The Coast of Nowhere (1997), The Last Good Water (2003), and As If We Were Prey (2010) in addition to six chapbooks of poetry and being the co-editor of the Made In Michigan book series from Wayne State University Press. He taught creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy, has twice been the winner of the Passages North/NEH Poetry Competition, and has won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is also the mentor and advisor to the Front Street Writers Program in Traverse City, which operates under the auspices of the National Writers Series. He lives in Interlochen with his wife, Claudia, and splits his time between there and Reeling Waters, his cabin on the Boardman River.
M. Bartley Seigel is the author of the poetry collection This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing, 2013). His writing appears in such literary magazines as DIAGRAM, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, Lumberyard Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pamplemousse, Thrush, among many others, and was recently anthologized in the collection And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017 (Michigan State Press, 2017). He was the founding editor and publisher of PANK Magazine and is regular contributor to Words without Borders. He teaches at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, where he lives with his family.
Keith Taylor teaches at the University of Michigan. He has published many books over the years: collections of poetry, a collection of very short stories, co-edited volumes of essays and fiction, and a volume of poetry translated from Modern Greek.
Jeff Vande Zande teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Delta College. His books of fiction include Emergency Stopping and Other Stories, Into the Desperate Country, Landscape with Fragmented Figures and Threatened Species and Other Stories. His novel American Poet won the Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Writing by a Michigan Author and a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan.