Zinta Aistars

Freelancer

Zinta Aistars is our resident book expert. She started interviewing authors and artists for our Arts & More program in 2011.

Aistars is creative director, writer, and editor at Z Word, LLC. She's also the published author of three books in her native Latvian language. Aistars regularly contributes to many print and online publications in addition to freelancing for WMUK. Aistars started the literary online magazine, The Smoking Poet, and has managed it for more than nine years. 

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Arts & More
8:42 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Teach Your Kids About Money Now, Says Stanley Steppes

Stanley Steppes and his son Christian holding copies of Steppes' book 'Christian and Daddy Go Shopping'
Credit courtesy of Stanley Steppes

When should you start teaching your kids good money practices? Kalamazoo’s Stanley Steppes says right now. 

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Books
8:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dinner Table Drama In 'The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons'

Credit courtesy of Heather Slomski

Heather Slomski recently released her collection of short fiction The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons. Now living in Minnesota, Slomski got her MFA at Western Michigan University. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Normal School, and other publications. She also won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction.

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John Harvey Kellogg
9:31 am
Mon December 8, 2014

WSW: WMU Professor's Book on John Harvey Kellogg's Religion of Biologic Living

Western Michigan University Professor of Comparative Religion Brian C. Wilson says his research into the history of Battle Creek revealed a fascinating mix of religious faith.   

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Local Author
10:12 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Learn The History Of The Other Kellogg

W.K. Kellogg is best known for his breakfast cereals, but his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, is better known for running the Battle Creek Sanitarium and his seemingly radical religious beliefs.

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Short Fiction
11:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Invisible Traffic: Stories About When Life Hits You Like A Truck

Playwright and author Deborah Ann Percy

In Deborah Ann Percy’s short story “The Woman Who Loved Paul Simon.” The main character has just about had it with her dinner date at a nice restaurant on Lake Michigan. Here's an excerpt:

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