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
9:33 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Wedded to the Land: Stories from life on an organic farm

Credit courtesy of Joan Donaldson

Every season, WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson gives us a snapshot of what life is like living off-the-grid on her organic fruit farm. Now you can read all about it in her new book Wedded to the Land. On Saturday, Donaldson and other local authors will be at Kazoo Books on Parkview Avenue for the store’s 4th Annual Author’s Day. Donaldson will be there from noon to 1:30.

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Poetry
6:54 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Poet, former Chilean activist releases new book

Poet Mariela Griffor

Poet Mariela Griffor grew up in Chile where she became a political activist against the military dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s and 80s. Now Griffor lives with her family near Detroit where she serves as the Michigan Consul to Chile.

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Poetry
3:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Poet thinks about the world of birds and the less-than-ideal life

Poet Gail Martin
Credit Freshwater Photography

Poet and psychologist Gail Martin will hold a reading Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Portage District Library for her new book Begin Empty-Handed, which won this year’s Perugia Press Prize. Perugia Press publishes poetry by up-and-coming female poets every year. 

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Local Authors
9:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Annie's Ghosts: A memoir of uncovered family secrets

The book Annie’s Ghosts was picked as this year’s the Great Michigan Read, which means it will be the subject of discussions around the state. Its author, Steve Luxenberg, will be at some of those events, including the one at Portage District Library on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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Local Authors
4:33 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick

Credit The History Press

In 1963, Daisy Zick was stabbed 27 times at her home in Battle Creek. It’s an unsolved case that locals are still talking about today. It’s also the subject of Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick by Blaine Pardoe.

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