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.

Katherine Applegate

This story has been updated. The audio has been changed to reflect the actual location of Applegate's appearance in Kalamazoo.  

When eleven-year-old Jacob walks into his bathroom, he finds a giant cat enjoying a bubble bath in his tub. He’s not sure about how he feels about the talking cat. But he is sure how he feels about losing the bathroom and the apartment where he lives. Jacob’s mom has lost her teaching job while his father can't work while he copes with multiple sclerosis. The family is forced to move into their minivan.

Jeff Haynes

Ann Arbor native Marc Zegans is better known for the spoken, rather than the written word. “As a spoken word artist with a penchant for immersive theater, I perform periodically with the New York Poetry Brothel under the nom de plume Bellocq C. Obscura,” Zegans says. “I’ve been doing spoken poetry as long as I can remember.”

Tonia Parkhurst

Grand Rapids novelist Kristina Riggle admits she liked leaving a few loose ends dangling in her five novels. “I’m a big one for not wrapping up every single loose end. Real life doesn’t work that way.”

Jonathan Stoner

What others mow over, pull up, and toss into the weed pile, Lisa Rose adds to her dinner plate. Dandelions, cow parsnip, jewelweed and milkweed, honeysuckle, goldenrod, nettle, field garlic — these are just a very few of the plants Rose covers in her new book, Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach (Timber Press, 2015).

New Issues Press

When William Olsen got a message from Herbert Scott while vacationing with his wife, Nancy Eimers, in Cornwall, England, he thought his friend and colleague had gone “daft.” It was 1995 and the three poets shared a love of the word.