Here are some links to works that we’ve had published:

In 2010 the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts sponsored a writing contest, Inspired by Art. Nearly 650 writers from 15 states submitted entries inspired by Dorothea Lange‘s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, Californiaon view in Light Works: Photographs from the Collection. Six judges worked in pairs to select one winner, runners up and entries of special merit in adult, high school and middle school categories. Amy won first place for her poem Do You See. Read her poem and the other winning pieces at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Ivy Sinclair was the kind of woman who wore lipstick to check the mail. Raise-Their-Blood-Pressure red was her new favorite shade. Her best friend Maddy told her she should really tone it down a bit and recommended a more “subtle and mature” berry color. Ivy, as her nature dictated, openly refused and she bought five new tubes all in the same brazen color. After all, life was like that–you never know when they would decide to stop making your favorite shade.

Teaching The Great Gatsby in an American Literature class while student teaching in Negaunee inspired Amy to write a short story, “A Day of Reckoning,” which became the 11th Annual Marquette Monthly Short Story Contest winner in April 2001.

You have a flair for words. Those six words scrawled in red pen at the bottom of my paper are what it took to motivate me in tenth grade to become a better writer… Seventeen years later, I still carry those words with me and remember the teacher who blessed me with them. Now that I am an English teacher myself, I sometimes wonder to what extent I am reaching my own students. Am I an influential teacher? Heather’s reflection, “A Little Praise, a Very Long Way” will reveal lessons that influenced a reluctant student to begin writing.

The Voice, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2005

A Little Praise, A Very Long Way

“One Dream Leads to Another: An American Legacy,” written by Heather about the influence of her Finnish great-grandmother, is a first place essay in the One Book One Community adult category. Published in Marquette Monthly, January, 2007.

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