News

  • Tara Channtelle Hill’s poems “He won’t talk to me anymore” and “They’re all love poems” will appear in Emerger Literary Journal’s 2015 annual print issue.
  • Janeen Rastall’s poem, “The Source of My Keenness for Winter,” won Honorable Mention in the Great Lakes Poetry Prize from Great Lakes Review.
  • Janeen Rastall has joined the staff of ELJ Publications as an Associate Editor.
  • Janeen Rastall’s chapbook, Objects May Appear Closer, won the 2015 Celery City Chapbook Contest.
  • Tara C. Hill’s poems, “Be Alone” and “Isn’t That Lovely” were listed in Carcinogenic Poetry’s Top Ten List.
  • Milt Bates won a 1st place, a 3rd Honorable Mention and a 5th Honorable Mention in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contest.
  • Maureen LaWent won a 6th Honorable Mention in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contest.
  • Janeen Rastall received an Honorable Mention in The Great Lakes Review’s Great Lakes Poetry Prize! She also has a poem, “Unknown Man, Moreno Valley, CA,” up at Lament for the Dead, and is the featured poet in this week’s The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed for IN THE YELLOWED HOUSE.
  • Amber Edmondson on her poem “Book of Days” at Stirring.
  • Christine Saari’s poem, “Christmas 1943,” appeared in Silver Birches Press.
  • Janeen Rastall’s work was featured in Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and in Up the Staircase Quarterly.
  • Amber Edmondson’s work was featured in Stirring, White Stag, and Menacing Hedge.
  • Congratulations to National Federation of State Poetry Societies 2014 Contest WinnersMilton Bates – 1st Place for the Margo Award for his poem “Chinese Folk Song Performed on Oldest Playable Flute”Honorable Mention – The Appreciation AwardMaureen LaWent – Honorable Mention – The William Stafford Award
  • Milton Bates’ poems “Shaken” and “Backwasting” were published in the summer 2014 issue of Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics
  • Milton Bates won 1st Place in the NFSPS 2014 Annual Contest – The Margo Award for his poem  “Chinese Folk Song Performed on Oldest Playable Flute”
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  • Milton Bates won an Honorable Mention in the NFSPS 2014 Annual Contest – The Appreciation Award.
  • Maureen LaWent won an Honorable Mention in the NFSPS 2014 Annual Contest – The William Stafford Award.
  • Janeen Rastall’s poetry has been featured at The Poetry Storehouse
  • Janeen Rastall’s poem “Inheritance” was published in the latest issue of The Midwest Quarterly
  • Alex Gubbins’  translations of the poetry of Husam Al-Saray are in the current issue of diode
  • Janeen Rastall’s chapbook In the Yellowed House was published by dancing girl press.
  • Poets Milton Bates, Jo Doran, Alex Gubbins and Russ Thorburn among others have podcast for National Poetry Month at WNMU-FM
  • Regina and Tim Gort’s collaborative poem, “Poetry is a House” was published by the North Dakota Quarterly in the William Stafford themed inspired issue.
  •  Congratulations to Milton Bates. His poem, “Breakfast at the Huron Mountain Bakery”, appeared in the latest issue of Peninsula Poets.
  • Congratulations to Claudia Drosen. Her poem, “What I’d Like”, appeared in the latest issue of Peninsula Poets.
  • Congratulations to David Jaicks. His poem, “Chicago Snow”, appeared in the latest issue of Peninsula Poets.
  • Congratulations to Janeen Rastall. Her poem, “Damselfly Cycles”, appeared in the latest issue of Peninsula Poets.
  • Congratulations to Janeen Rastall. She was chosen to participate in Woman Made Gallery Literary Series, Chicago June 1st.

    Six writers whose work explores the concept of “The Other” with verve, wit, herstory, wordplay, and above all, their own voices. “The Other” as an artistic impulse can go in many directions. These writers’ works were chosen for the experiences they gather and their fearless exploration of topics ranging from the expected to the surprising. Participating readers include Renny Golden, Vandana Khanna, Mary McMyne, Janeen Pergrin Rastall, Yunuen Rodriguez, and Erika Sanchez.

  • Congratulations to Alex Gubbins recipient of the Witter Bynner translation grant to translate the poetry of Iraqi poet, Husam Al-Serai.
  • Congratulations to Russ Thorburn recipient of the Marquette Writer Arts Award.
  • Congratulations to Janeen Rastall. Her poem “Amnesia” won 2nd place in the William J. Shaw Memorial Prize for Poetry and is published in the current issue of Dunes Review. Her poem “Lot’s Wife Looked Back” recently appeared at MadHat Lit.
      • Congratulations Milton Bates. His poem, “Guy Walks into a Bar” is in the latest issue of Stoneboat.
      • Congratulations to Christine Saari. Her photographs are in the latest issue of The Sun Magazine
      • Congratulations to Milton Bates for winning 1st place in the Putting the Wild in Words – Save the Wild U.P. Poetry Contest. His poem, “In Wildness” was chosen by U.P. Poet Laureate, Russell Thorburn.
      • Congratulations to Matt Maki. His poem, “Evidence” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Putting the Wild in Words – Save the Wild U.P. Poetry Contest.
      • Congratulations to the contributors of The Way North. It was nominated by Foreword Reviews for Anthology Book of the Year.
      • Congratulations to Claudia Drosen for her acceptance to Ragdale for a Fall residency.
      • Congratulations to Milton Bates. His poem, “Skeleton Found in Ore Dock 6,” appears in the latest issue of Midwestern Gothic
        • Congratulations to Wayne State University Press, editor Ron Riekki and all the contributors to The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula New Works. The Way North was selected by the Library of Michigan as one of the 2014 Michigan Notable Books.
        • Congratulations to Amber Edmondson for her third Pushcart Nomination for her poem “Here, Together, We Breathe” at Storm Cellar.
        • Congratulations to Amber Edmondson and Janeen Rastall whose poems in The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula New Workswere nominated by for a Pushcart Prize by Wayne State University Press.
        • Miton Bates’ poem, “Wallace Stevens at the Cliffs of Moher” has just been published in the fall issue of the Wallace Stevens Journal.
          He also had a photograph published by Midwestern Gothic – Calling from Ely, Minnesota
        • Podcasts from the “Veterans’ Reflections” show on WNMU-FM featuring Milton Bates, Alex Gubbins and Michael Greer can be listened to here.
        • Congratulations to Alex Gubbins for his publication in Fall 2103 issue of The Great Lakes Review.
        • Congratulations to Amber Edmondson for the following publications: Border Crossing Vol. 3: “Locomotive Heart”, Dunes Review Fall 2013: “Young Arsonists” and “We Catalog Each Tree in the Forest before We Burn It Down” in Straight Forward, A Poetry Journal Issue 5
        • Congratulations to Janeen Rastall. She also had a poem in the Dunes Review Fall 2013 issue and a poem in the Barefoot Muse Press Anthology Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimer’s.
        • Congratulations to Amber Edmondson! Her poem, “Here, Together, We Breathe” is in the latest issue of Storm Cellar.
        • Congratulations to Milton Bates for being a 1st place 2013 Poetry Society of Michigan Contest Winner. Milt also had a 3rd place winning poem.
        • Janeen Rastall had a 2nd place prose poem. The Peninsula Poets 2013 Contest Issue chapbook will have Milt and Janeen’s winning poems.
        • Regina Gort was accepted for a residency at Writers in the Heartland
        • Amber Edmondson’s poem “Slag” is the Summer 2013 Issue of Midwestern Gothic
        • Milton Bates poem “Football in Chu Lai, 1970” was published in The Review
        • Poetry by Amber Edmondson, April Lindala, Matt Maki, Beverly Matherne, Janeen Rastall and Andrea Scarpino appeared in The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula Works by Wayne State University Press
        • Janeen Rastall’s poetry was published in The Michigan Poet, The Nassau Review 2013 Issue, Prime Number Magazine and in Issue 2 of Great Lakes Review
        • Listen to Marquette Poets Circle members and other local poets during April on WNMU-FM
        • Alex Gubbins was interviewed on WNMU-FM about the U.P. Military Veterans Writers and Artist Group. Listen here.
        • The current issue of Entrances and Exits Poetry Review has three poems by Matt Maki. It is available in print from PegLeg Publishing and on Kindle. See the details at PegLeg Publishing
        • During November 2012, Milton Bates, Mike Greer and Alex Gubbins, members of the Marquette Poets Circle, celebrated Veteran’s Day by reading their work on the radio. Veteran’s Reflections, a Public Radio 90 Veterans Day special was hosted by Hans Ahlstrom. You can still find the program online at WNMU-FM website here.
        • Milton Bates’ latest book, The Bark River Chronicles, was published by the Wisconsin Historical Press.
        • The Bark River valley in southeastern Wisconsin is a microcosm of the state’s and Great Lakes region’s natural and human history. The Bark River Chronicles: Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed recounts one couple’s journey by canoe from the river’s headwaters to its confluence with the Rock River and downstream to Lake Koshkonong. (Publisher’s notes)

Milt was interviewed on the river by Jacki Lyden for NPR. You can hear the interview here

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