great lakes

Publishing, Poetry, and the Future: Reflecting on the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference

by Allison Peters July 27, 2015

The weekend May sprung into June, I attended the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference at Camp Michigania up on Walloon Lake (where Ernest Hemingway used to spend his summers as a kid), 250 miles north of Ann Arbor, a little south of Petoskey. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of English, Bear River is rich with writing workshops, readings, panels (often related to publishing), and craft talks. Directed by University of Michigan faculty member and poet Keith Taylor, the annual conference—now in its fifteenth year—is regularly attended by some of the University’s most prestigious creative writing faculty as well […]

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Author Sally Barber Talks ‘Michigan Eco-Traveler’ on MSU/WJR’s Greening of the Great Lakes

by Carolyn Darr February 11, 2015

MSU and WJR collaboration Greening of the Great Lakes featured MPress author Sally Barber discussing her newest book The Michigan Eco-Traveler. Greening of the Great Lakes, a website and talk radio program, focuses on all types of sustainability, be it economic, social, or environmental. The talk-radio portion airs Friday from 7-8pm and its host Kirk Heinze was very interested in hearing more about Barber’s exploration of eco-friendly travel throughout Michigan. During the program while discussing inspiration for her sustainability guide Barbara commented, “There was no concerted effort to reach out to the actual traveler or recreational user so I thought I […]

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Celebrating University Press Week: November 9-16

by Phillip Witteveen November 10, 2014

The publishing community celebrates University Press Week November 9-16, 2014. University presses provide access to ideas, playing a unique role in fostering scholarship. Each university press has a diverse list of titles, shaped by their history, directors, acquisitions editors, location, and parent institutions. With titles ranging from maritime studies to folklore and field guides, the unique history and culture of the Mitten State and its Great Lakes are traced in print via the publishing activity of our three university presses. From Michigan State University Press: Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow provides a fresh look at an important moment in the history of Michigan and Canada. Brian […]

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“Thundersnow” and the polar vortex make an appearance on The Colbert Report

by Meredith Kahn January 10, 2014

Paul Gross, meteorologist for local NBC affiliate WDIV and author of Extreme Michigan Weather was recently included in The Colbert Report‘s coverage of the polar vortex. You can see Paul at the 1:35 mark, warning viewers about “thundersnow.” To learn more about severe weather in the Great Lakes state, check out Extreme Michigan Weather, which is one of our many books on the region. Hat tip to our friends at WDIV for this story.

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From the Vault: Press Awards from 2009-2013

by Mikala Carpenter August 26, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. This is the second of […]

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