Between The Lines

WMUK's weekly show on the literary community in Southwest Michigan. Between The Lines airs on Tuesdays at 7:50 a.m., 11:50 a.m., and 4:20 p.m.

Kaitlin LaMoine Photography

In her new novel, Thisbe Nissen delves deep into the midlife crisis of a 50-year-old woman. Yes, women have them, too. Our Lady of the Prairie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) is Nissen’s third novel, along with a story collection and a cookbook.

Ryan Nehring / Something Somewhere Photography

They’ve been called the Dynamic Duo. Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer are the rock star poets and motivational speakers behind an organization they started ten years ago called Kinetic Affect. A large part of their mission has been to speak to and alongside at-risk youth at Lakeside Academy and the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, and similar organizations nationwide.

Quyen Dac Nguyen

With the opening lines of her debut novel, Barren Island, Carol Zoref paints a scene of harsh immigrant lives in mid-nineteenth century New York. Hungry people cut up dead horses for a bit of meat, carcasses meant to be boiled down into glue and grease on a fictional New York island near the city.

Tim Coburn

University student Emily Shapiro disappears in Michigan after a sexual assault. It’s a fictional story that its author, Allison Leotta, based on 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C., where she worked on cases involving sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. Leotta’s 2017 "Michigan Notable Book" is The Last Good Girl (Touchstone, 2016).

E. Scott Sommers

For Ephraim Scott Sommers, the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire (Tebot Bach, 2017), writing poetry is how he works through his feelings about the violence he has experienced during his lifetime.