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.

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.

Laurie Hollinger / RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU

Why are we so fascinated by shipwrecks? Poet Cindy Hunter Morgan's fascination with them led to a new poetry collection called Harborless (Wayne State University Press, March 2017). With each poem, she deep dives into another Great Lakes shipwreck. Most are real, a few imaginary, but each is seen from a unique perspective.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

What does the average American really know about Muslims and the religion of Islam? For all that we hear in the news every day, misperceptions abound. But a Michigan writer hopes to change that.

Kalamazoo College

Beloved poet and Kalamazoo College professor Conrad Hilberry died on January 11, 2017, at the age of 88. Hilberry was the author of 11 volumes of poetry as well as a nonfiction book about crime mystery. However, he may be remembered most for his mentoring of other poets.

Fleda Brown

Fleda Brown is a cancer survivor. Being a writer, she wrote her way through her illness and found that doing so gave her the strength and courage to get her through the journey back to wellness. Her book is called My Wobbly Bicycle: Meditations on Cancer and the Creative Life (Mission Point Press, 2016).