U.P. Reader -- Issue #2: Bringing Upper Michigan Literature to the World

Modern History Press
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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is blessed with a treasure trove of storytellers, poets, and historians, all seeking to capture a sense of Yooper Life from settler's days to the far-flung future. Now U.P. Reader offers a rich collection of their voices that embraces the U.P.'s natural beauty and way of life, along with a few surprises. 

The thirty-six works in this second annual volume take readers on U.P. road and boat trips from the Keweenaw to the Straits of Mackinac. Every page is rich with descriptions of the characters and culture that make the Upper Peninsula worth living in and writing about. U.P. writers span genres from humor to history and from science fiction to poetry. This issue also includes imaginative fiction from the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award winners, honoring the amazing young writers enrolled in the U.P.'s schools. 

Whether you're an ex-pat, a visitor, or a native-born Yooper, you'll love U.P. Reader and want to share it with all your Yooper family and friends.

"U.P. Reader offers a wonderful mix of storytelling, poetry, and Yooper culture. Here's to many future volumes!"
--Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

"Share in the bounty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula with those who love it most. The U.P. Reader has something for everyone. Congratulations to my writer and poet peers for a job well done."
--Gretchen Preston, Vice President, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association

"As readers embark upon this storied landscape, they learn that the people of Michigan's Upper Peninsula offer a unique voice, a tribute to a timeless place too long silent."
--Sue Harrison, international bestselling author of Mother Earth Father Sky

"I was amazed by the variety of voices in this volume. U.P. Reader offers a little of everything, from short stories to nature poetry, fantasy to reality, Yooper lore to humor. I look forward to the next issue."
--Jackie Stark, editor, Marquette Monthly

"Like the best of U.P. blizzards, U.P. Reader covers all of Upper Michigan in the variety of its offerings. A fine mix of nature, engaging characters, the supernatural, poetry, and much more."
--Karl Bohnak, TV 6 meteorologist and author of  So Cold a Sky: Upper Michigan Weather Stories

U.P. Reader is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.  A portion of proceeds from each copy sold will be donated to the UPPAA for its educational programming.
Learn more at www.UPReader.org

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About the author

Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the history, travel, outdoors, and culture of Michigan's North Country. A journalist, historian, photographer, and author with a fascination of the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. Classen makes his home in the oldest city in Michigan, the historic Sault Ste. Marie. He is also a collector of out-of-print history books, historical photographs, and prints of Upper Michigan. At Northern Michigan University, he studied English, history, journalism and photography. He lives with his wife, Mary L. Underwood, and his Labrador retriever, Grand Sable Dune. 

His book, Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Beacon on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast, was published in 2014 and his book, Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial, was published in 2015, both by the History Press. He has two books of fiction called Lake Superior Tales and Journeys into the Macabre, both published by NetBound Books. 

To learn more about Mikel B. Classen and to see more of his work, check out his website http://www.mikelclassen.com.

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Publisher
Modern History Press
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Published on
May 7, 2018
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Pages
124
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ISBN
9781615993840
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
History / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Literary Collections / American / General
Poetry / American / General
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ÿMichigan's Upper Peninsula is blessed with a treasure chest of writers and poets, all seeking to capture the diverse experiences of Yooper Life. NowÿU.P. Readerÿoffers a rich collection of their voices that embraces the U.P.'s natural beauty and way of life, along with a few surprises.

The twenty-eight works in this first annual volume take readers on a U.P. Road Trip from the Mackinac Bridge to Menominee. Every page is rich with descriptions of the characters and culture that make the Upper Peninsula worth living in and writing about.

Whether you're a native Yooper or just wish you were, you'll loveÿU.P. Readerÿand want to share it with all your Yooper family and friends.

-U.P. Readerÿoffers a wonderful mix of storytelling, poetry, and Yooper culture. Here's to many future volumes!-
-- Sonny Longtine, author ofÿMurder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

-Share in the bounty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula with those who love it most. TheÿU.P. Readerÿhas something for everyone. Congratulations to my writer and poet peers for a job well done.-
-- Gretchen Preston, Vice President, Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association

-As readers embark upon this storied landscape, they learn that the people of Michigan's Upper Peninsula offer a unique voice, a tribute to a timeless place too long silent.-
-- Sue Harrison, international bestselling author ofÿMother Earth Father Sky

-I was amazed by the variety of voices in this volume.ÿU.P. Readerÿoffers a little of everything, from short stories to nature poetry, fantasy to reality, Yooper lore to humor. I look forward to the next issue.-
-- Jackie Stark, editor,ÿMarquette Monthly

-Like the best of U.P. blizzards,ÿU.P. Readerÿcovers all of Upper Michigan in the variety of its offerings. A fine mix of nature, engaging characters, the supernatural, poetry, and much more.-
-- Karl Bohnak, TV 6 meteorologist and author ofÿSo Cold a Sky: Upper Michigan Weather Stories


Learn more at www.UPReader.org

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