Zinta Aistars

Host of 'Between The Lines'/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.

Stephen Voss

You may have swiped one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books from your kid’s room. That's because it’s not just kids who find this New York Times bestselling author’s books irresistible. At her events for young adults, Stiefvater often finds just as many adult fans in the crowd.


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Judith Rypma has had a love affair with Russia that has spanned most of her life. In 23 trips, the master faculty specialist in English at Western Michigan University has observed changes from the former Soviet Union to the Russia of today. Many of her observations have found their way into Rypma’s poetry. Her newest collection is Worshipping at Lenin’s Mausoleum (Future Cycle Press, 2016).


James and Katie Photography

We’ve all done things that don't make any sense. We all have our own little rituals. Adam Schuitema is the author of a novel, Haymaker, and the short story collection, Freshwater Boys. Both were named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. Now he's written a new story collection called: The Things We Do That Make No Sense (Switchgrass Books, March 2017).


Nick Hagen

Peter Markus convinced his young students in the Detroit Public Schools that there is magic inside his pencil. He proves it in his newest book Inside My Pencil: Teaching Poetry in the Detroit Public Schools (Dzanc Books, March 2017), a collection of bright and inspiring essays about teaching creative writing to kids.


Pete Fromm

There's a blank page, and on that page, waiting to be born, is the opening sentence. It's a writer’s greatest torment and seduction. For Jack Driscoll, it’s irresistible. He’s the author of eleven books of poetry, novels, and short stories. His new story collection, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot (Wayne State University Press, April 2017), was no different. It's a work of love of, sometimes a struggle with, the craft of writing, sometimes with a muse on fire.


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