Between the Lines

Mary Whalen

Words hold magic for Daneen Wardrop. They seed light and life. The professor of English at Western Michigan University is the author of seven books, three of which are poetry. Her newest collection, Life as It (Ashland Poetry Press, 2016), won the Richard Snyder Publication Prize in 2015 and the Gold IPPY Award in Poetry in 2017.

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When it’s time for WrestleMania, you’ll find Daniel Mancilla glued to the television, watching the fight. And when he’s glued to the keyboard, some of those bigger-than-life characters find their way into his stories. A Sou’wester Award finalist for his novel-in-stories, All the Proud Fathers (Dock Street Press, 2017), Mancilla received his doctoral degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University.

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Few topics today get people as fired up as immigration and refugees. Whatever side of the fence you're on, there’s likely a neighbor on the other side, a neighbor you may or may not know. In the new Immigration & Justice for Our Neighbors Anthology (Celery City Books, 2016), Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey wanted to make the unknown a little more familiar.

Kaitlin L. Martin

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival celebrates its fourth year of poetry readings, workshops, and panel discussions, April 28-29. This year's featured poet is Pulitzer finalist and Kalamazoo College professor Diane Seuss.

Julie Abel

New York Times bestselling writer Jacqueline Carey, who lives in West Michigan, is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels. She's also written The Sundering epic fantasy duology, the postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Her newest novel is Miranda and Caliban (Tor Books, 2017), a retelling of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.