Authors M.L. Liebler, Phillip Sterling, and Keith Taylor will be at Book Beat on Sunday, September 24th from 2:00-4:00 P.M. to sign and discuss their selctions from the new short story collection, And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017. This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a copy, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190.
Upper Peninsula literature has traditionally been suppressed or minimized in Michigan anthologies and Michigan literature as a whole. Even the Upper Peninsula itself has been omitted from maps, creating a people and a place that have become in many ways “ungeographic.” These people and this place are strongly made up of traditionally marginalized groups such as the working class, the rural poor, and Native Americans, which adds even more insult to the exclusion and forced oppressive silence. 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, starting with Lew R. Sarett’s (a.k.a. Lone Caribou) “The Blue Duck: A Chippewa Medicine Dance” and ending with Margaret Noodin’s “Babejianjisemigad” and Sally Brunk’s “KBIC.” 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.
“The Upper Peninsula of Michigan runs through the veins of those of us born there and calls a siren song to those who are compelled to visit. And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017 beautifully conveys this unorthodox country through the best words and best writers of the past and present. It’s the quintessential reader for anyone called to this area either by blood or soul. Or both.”
—Alison DeCamp, author of My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) and My Near-Death Adventures: I Almost Died. Again
“If you love the U.P., you need this anthology. Here handy between two covers is a dose of whichever bit of it you want most at any given moment: eclectic, surprising, vivid, harsh, warm, wild. You’ll find familiar voices and new ones, each unique and all sharing this vital U.P. thing: authenticity.”
—Ellen Airgood, author of 2012 Michigan Notable Book South of Superior
M. L. Liebler is a internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He was named The 2017-2018 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts Award at Wayne State University. Liebler is the author of 15 books and chapbooks including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008) featuring poems written in and about Russia, Israel, Germany, Alaska and Detroit. M.L. Liebler has taught English, Creative Writing, American Studies, Labor Studies and World Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1980.
Phillip Sterling is the author of the poetry collections And Then Snow and Mutual Shores, a book of short fiction (In Which Brief Stories Are Told), and four chapbook length series of poems, including And for All This: Poems from Isle Royale. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Keith Taylor has authored or edited 16 books and chapbooks, including his most recent collection, The Bird-while (Wayne State University Press, 2017). His poems, stories, reviews, essays and translations have appeared widely in North America and in Europe. He has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. He teaches at the University of Michigan where he also serves as Associate Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review and director of the Bear River Writers Conference. He spends his summers living in the woods and teaching environmental writing at the University of Michigan Biological Station near Pellston.