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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Local Authors
4:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Quality Snacks: Short Stories of Relationships and the Lack Thereof

Hear the full interview with Andy Mozina

Kalamazoo writer Andy Mozina will be reading from his short stories called Quality Snacks as part of the Michigan Notable Book tour.

The event takes place tomorrow at 5:30 at the Richland Community Library.

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Poetry
10:20 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Last Hula: Poems of a Father's Final Aloha

Elizabeth Kerlikowske in the WMUK studio
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear the full interview with the poet

Kellogg Community College professor and local poet Elizabeth Kerlikowske will be reading from her chapbook Last Hula on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parchment Community Library. It’s a look back at the last few months of her father's life.

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Poetry
4:18 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

One Oar: A Journey with Alzheimer's

Kalamazoo poet Marie Bahlke reading from One Oar in the WMUK studio
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear the full interview with poet Marie Bahlke

Kalamazoo resident Marie Bahlke started writing poetry in her 70s and she just celebrated her 94th 

birthday. Her book One Oar follows her husband's life from the time he was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease until Bahlke is left a widow.

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Poetry
4:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

What biblical characters were thinking: 'Exodus' by Janet Heller

Kalamazoo native Janet Ruth Heller is a writer, playwright, and literary critic. In her third book of poetry called Exodus, Heller fills in the gaps in the lives of characters in the Bible, especially women. Exodus can be found at Kazoo Books on Parkview Ave. in Kalamazoo, Michigan News Agency, and Amazon.com.

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Authors
6:38 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Blush: Mennonite girl grows up to be successful academic

As a young girl, Shirley Showalter never thought she would go to college, let alone become president of Goshen College in Indiana. Showalter grew up as a Mennonite in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

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