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


From Alison Swan’s Foreword:

The world limned in Here feels intimately known in a way that’s generally unavailable to travelers. These authors seem mainly to be writing from home, in both the domesticated and undomesticated sense of that word: home with all its resonances, from sheltering and nurturing children, to enduring depravation, to finding solace on a familiar windswept beach. Readers are invited to meet people, with all their messes and beauties, as well as other-than-human wild nature, which comforts as well as thwarts.


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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