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.

Denise Miller

Denise Miller seems to be at the core of all manner of creative endeavors around greater Kalamazoo. She's an instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a visual artist, a poet, and a spoken word artist. She's also a community activist and professional chef. And Miller is a co-founder of Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative in Kalamazoo, and launched Creative Justice Press.

Nichole Christian

Schools across the country have been dealing with financial pressure by cutting spending on the arts. But since 1995 in Detroit, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project has been sending writers to schools throughout the city. It's now in 30 schools. Over the years it has introduced many thousands of students from kindergarten to high school seniors to the literary arts.

Elijah Tubbs

Detroit was once a bustling city, filled with people and noise, and activity. Today, Detroit has entire blocks of abandoned houses. Writer Matt Bell puts his fictional character Kelly inside these abandoned houses, searching for scrap metal treasure. But what he finds is entirely unexpected.

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We all have that first love. It hits us hard and we never forget. Some of us are lucky enough to hold onto that love our whole lives. For Marsha Meyer, that first and lasting love was the library. Meyer is retiring from the Portage District Library after 35 years but she remembers well that moment when she first entered the magical world of books as a child.

Alex Raths / iStock Photo

Kathleen McGookey is a prose poet who's written about the loss of her parents juxtaposed with the joy of giving birth to her firstborn. Her new collection Stay, published by Press 53, is a word-album that preserves those moments she wishes she could keep forever.