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.

Jilan Carroll Glorfield

Josh Weil will debut his novel, The Great Glass Sea, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Bookbug in Kalamazoo along with friend and author Mike Harvkey. Weil describes his book as a "fraternal love story."

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.

Author Lisa Lenzo
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.

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."

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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