Monthly Archives: June 2010

Book Giveaway: Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz

Time to give away another book!  This time the book is Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz. You can visit Kravitz’s blog page here and listen to a three-minute video about the book. After you do this, please come back to … Continue reading

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Review of Ander Monson's Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

  Lanie Tankard is back! This time she has read and reviewed a memoir that challenges the boundaries of the genre–and in the process tells a life story (indirectly). I think you will find her review fascinating.  I know she … Continue reading

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3 Things That Could Make a Difference, for Michigan, and for You

I love where I live. You may have read about my neighborhood here and about one special neighbor Priya, who moved to Texas, much to our sorrow. Michigan Public Radio stations have been running a regular series called “3 Things” since January … Continue reading

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Why Go to a Writer's Conference? Two Slideshows Illustrate Some of the Many Benefits

In April of this year poet Mark Nepo and I co-facilitated a writer’s retreat that brought 16 wonderful writers to the Fetzer Institute where we both work. The experience profoundly affected all of us, and we continue to stay in … Continue reading

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Tom Callanan's Biking Memoir: A Story of Transformation

Last summer my friend Tom Callanan rode from Kalamazoo to Martha’s Vineyard–921 miles–in eleven days. Was he young? Not really (55). Was he an experienced biker? Not really–prior to this trip he just rode in the evenings for an hour … Continue reading

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Keith Taylor's Memoir Essay: At Springhill Farm

Keith Taylor directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference and a whole lot of other things, chiefly, the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan. He’s a giant among the writers of this state and beyond, offering his writerly wisdom and … Continue reading

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100 Top Memoirs: Sue Silverman's List Will Give You Even More!

  I had the great good fortune this weekend to attend the Bear River Writers’ Conference, about which I will say more later. Sue Silverman, author of two bestselling memoirs, led an excellent workshop on memoir.  I purchased and will review … Continue reading

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