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Mardi Jo Link | River Gallery

Mardi Jo Link is the author of a memoir, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, and the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart and Isadore’s Secret. She is the recipient of the 2013 Booksellers Choice Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and two Michigan Notable Book Awards. She studied journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives with her family in Traverse City, on The Big Valley, the small farm featured in her memoir.

Garret Potter | Purple Rose Theatre

Garret Potter is a touring performance poet, published author, and writing workshop facilitator. He is the current host of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam, winner of numerous poetry slams across the country, and competitor in the 2012 and 2013 individual World Poetry Slams. His work has appeared in sixteen publications including Indeefeed, The Promethean, and GroundCover News.

Harry Dolan | Purple Rose Theatre

Harry Dolan is the author of the mystery/suspense novels: Bad Things Happen (2009), Very Bad Men (2011), and The Last Dead Girl (2014). He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. A native of Rome, New York, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

ML Liebler & Coyote Monk | River Gallery

ML Liebler is an internationally known and widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He is the author of 13 books including the award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream. The Coyote Monk Poetry Band features Grammy winning Eminem producer and bassist Steve King, The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, Frankie the K of Black Hat on the keys, and form The Dangerous Diane Band, The Ghost Band, and 54 Sound session, drummer Leonard Johnson.

Margaret Noori | River Gallery

Margaret Noori / Giiwedinoodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is Director of the Comprehensive Studies Program and teaches American Indian Literature at the University of Michigan. Her book Bwaajimowin: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature is forthcoming from MSU Press and her poetry has recently appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, and Cell Traffic by Heid Erdrich.

Michael Delp | Back to the Roots

Michael Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of Over the Graves of Horses, Under the Influence of Water, The Coast of Nowhere, and The Last Good Water, in addition to six chapbooks of poetry. He teaches creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has received several awards for his teaching.

Jack Driscoll | Back to the Roots

Jack Driscoll is the author of four poetry collections, four novels, and two collections of short stories, most recently The World of a Few Minutes Ago. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, the Pushcard Book Editors’ Award, the Barnes & Noble Discovery of Great New Writers Award, and more. His novel, How Like an Angel, was a 2005 Michigan Notable Book.

Lonnie Hull DuPont | Chelsea Alehouse

Lonnie Hull DuPont moved back to her home state of Michigan after living many years in Greece, New York City, and San Francisco. In Michigan she often performs her poetry with musicians which have included pianist Doug Howell and Detroit guitarist Robert Tye. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poems can be seen in dozens of journals and anthologies. She is the author of The Haiku Box and six chapbooks of poetry.

Michael Brian Ogden | Chelsea Alehouse

Michael Brian Ogden is a resident artist at the Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC), an actor and playwright. He has previously appeared in PRTC productions of The Meaning of Almost Everything, Superior Donuts, White Buffalo, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Corktown, Our Town, Bleeding Red, and more. His plays Bleeding Red and Corktown received their world premeiere productionss at the PRTC and he continues to write and develop new work for the stage.

Peter Leonard | Purple Rose Theatre

Peter Leonard is the acclaimed author of five suspense thrillers Quiver, Trust Me, All He Saw Was the Girl, Voices of the Dead, and Back From the Dead. A former advertising executive, in mid-life he decided to follow in his father’s legendary footsteps. As Carl Hiaasen says, “Elmore Leonard is a tough act to follow, but son Peter is off to a terrific start . . . Clearly, great storytelling runs in the Leonard family’s DNA.”

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