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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Poetry
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Larry and Lina: Busy Chicago Poets In A Digital World

Larry Sawyer and Lina Vitkauskas of Chicago are busy poets. In addition to publishing numerous poetry books, they helped start the Chicago School of Poetics and are co-editors of Milk Magazine, one of the first online poetry forums in the late 1990s. You can find their work at Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo.

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Local Authors
6:03 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Bad Dates Turn Into Good Reads: 'Strange Love' By Lisa Lenzo

Author Lisa Lenzo
Credit Charlie Schreiner

"I don't see how you can go out in public with a man who wears a mullet," says Annie Zito's daughter, Marly, in the book Strange Love.

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Local Authors
3:21 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Proud To Be A Working Stiff? Read George Dila's New Short Fiction

When Michigan author George Dila printed buttons to advertise for his new chapbook of short stories called Working Stiffs. A few people didn't want to wear it, but Dila says even more people were ecstatic to claim that they too were a "working stiff."

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Education and Art
4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Encourages Reading to Your Kids

Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

In January, Kalamazoo Public Library started a program that challenges kids, and their parents or mentors, to read 1,000 books together before they start kindergarten.

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Exhibits
10:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Autographs You Won't Want To Miss: See the Exhibit at K-College

Curator Paul Smithson at the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room
Credit Zinta Aistars

Every term, Kalamazoo College digs up an exhibit for display at the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room. It’s located on the third floor of the Upjohn Library Commons building at the corner of Thompson and Academy streets.

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