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Made in Michigan Writers Series

Series Editors: M. L. Liebler, Wayne State University; Michael Delp, Interlochen Center for the Arts
The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan's diverse voices. The series publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state's artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation. This series is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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The Official Report on Human Activity

Stories by kim d. hunter

Dystopic fairy tales told through the lens of media and capitalism run amok.

Paperback
Available April 2018
ISBN: 9780814345207
eBOOK
Available April 2018
ISBN: 9780814345214

Field Recordings

Poems by Russell Brakefield

Poetry that uses American folk music as a lens to investigate themes of family, art, and masculinity.

Paperback
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814344965
eBOOK
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814344972

Meet Behind Mars

Stories by Renee Simms

Explores the bonds of family, neighbors, lovers, and friends as they are tested in new environments.

Paperback
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814345122
eBOOK
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814345139

The Lake Michigan Mermaid

A Tale in Poems

Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen
Illustrated by Meridith Ridl

A modern-day fairy-tale told in conversation between a young girl and the mermaid of Lake Michigan.

Printed Paper Cased
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814342206
eBOOK
Available March 2018
ISBN: 9780814342213

Eco-dementia

Poems by Janet Kauffman

Poems inspired by a love of the living world and the actions that destroy what sustains us.

Paperback
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 9780814343814
eBOOK
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 9780814343821

Somewhere We'll Leave the World

Poems by Russell Thorburn

Poems suggesting that living on Earth takes a lot of practice.

Paperback
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 9780814342541
eBOOK
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 9780814342534

States of Motion

Stories by Laura Hulthen Thomas

Idealistic characters fight to hold onto a life that is slipping out of their grasp.

Paperback
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814343142
eBOOK
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814343159

The Goat Fish and the Lover's Knot

Stories by Jack Driscoll

Beautifully-crafted prose from one of Michigan’s most original voices.

Paperback
Published: April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342954
eBOOK
Published: April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342961

Harborless

Poems by Cindy Hunter Morgan

Poetry that recounts Great Lakes shipwrecks through imagination and history.

Paperback
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 9780814342428
eBOOK
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 9780814342435

Rowing Inland

poems by Jim Daniels

Charts the emotional, political, and economic landscapes of the working-class Metro Detroit community and its residents.

Paperback
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9780814342183
eBOOK
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9780814342190

The Bird-while

Poems by Keith Taylor
With illustrations by Tom Pohrt

Short poems that look closely at small moments in a personal history, in art, and in the natural world.

Paperback
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9780814342404
eBOOK
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9780814342411
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Bob Seger's House and Other Stories

Edited by Michael Delp and M. L. Liebler
with a Foreword by Charles Baxter

New short fiction by some of Michigan’s well-known and highly acclaimed authors.

Paperback
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341940
eBOOK
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341957
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I Want to Be Once

Poems by M. L. Liebler

Poems that take a poignant look at societal issues and contemporary American topics, such as working-class life and twenty-first century war.

Paperback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814342022
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814342039
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Sharp Blue Search of Flame

Poems by Zilka Joseph

Stirring, atmospheric poems that journey through memories of growing up in India, and the myth, death, loss, and rebirth that surrounds that experience.

Paperback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814340493
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814340509
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Lying in the River's Dark Bed

The Confluence of the Deadman and the Mad Angler

Poems by Michael Delp

A rollicking meeting of two wildly different yet incredibly similar personas . . . the Deadman in the shape and form of a trickster and the voice of an apprentice river shaman, the Mad Angler.

Paperback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341988
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341995
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Seasonal Roads

Stories by L. E. Kimball

Three generations of women in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula live at the center of this linked short story collection.

Paperback
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341452
eBOOK
Published: April 2016
ISBN: 9780814341469
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Know the Mother

Stories by Desiree Cooper

Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.

Paperback
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341490
eBOOK
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341506
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To Light a Fire

20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project

Edited by Terry Blackhawk and Peter Markus

Twenty-three writers reflect on their experiences working with public school students as part of Detroit’s innovative InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

Paperback
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 9780814341179
eBOOK
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 9780814341186
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Weweni

Poems in Anishinaabemowin and English by Margaret Noodin

Modern Anishinaabemowin poetry in conversation with English translation.

Paperback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340387
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340394
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That That

Poems by Ken Mikolowski

Playful and profound short poems inspired by everyday insights and philosophical concerns.

Paperback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340653
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340660

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