Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Ron Riekki, Editor

Foreword by Alison Swan

East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press

“This is a beautiful collection with a sweep of vision, sounded through a multitude of culturally diverse voices. In each story and poem, in every personal memory this volume carries the spirit of place, of people, of personal and cultural memory, of human experience, inspired and informed by a complex landscape, of profound wonder and deep cultural history.”–Gordon Henry

Read an excerpt from Alison Swan’s Foreword.


Michigan: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage

John Knott, Editor

Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Nature Conservancy/The University of Michigan Press

“A wonderful tribute to the vastly diverse geography that is Michigan. It is evident that the contributors are true advocates of the cause. I have come to really appreciate the writing styles of such authors as Jerry Dennis, Alison Swan, and Anne-Marie Oomen. Michigan is lucky to have such talented writers promoting and protecting it.”–goodreads

From “Along the Paw Paw,” Alison Swan’s essay in Michigan

After the train has roared past, insect song lies heavy in our ears again: cicadas, crickets, and other clicks and buzzes I can’t identify. Scattered bird peeps and chirps remind me to look for migrating birds. It’s the kind of quiet one finds in nature, neither silence nor din, layered to complexity beyond anything human made.


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