Zinta Aistars

Host of 'Between The Lines'/Freelancer

Zinta Aistars is our resident book expert. She started interviewing authors and artists for our Arts & More program in 2011.

Aistars is creative director, writer, and editor at Z Word, LLC. She's also the published author of three books in her native Latvian language. Aistars regularly contributes to many print and online publications in addition to freelancing for WMUK.

Courtesy Elizabeth Bird

Betsy Bird knows what tickles a young girl’s funny bone. She’s the editor of Funny Girl: Funniest Stories Ever (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2017). Bird decided to create the collection of 25 humorous stories when she couldn’t find any anthologies of funny stories for girls by women authors.


Kalamazoo Nature Center

Inspiration for literature comes from many places, but perhaps most often it comes from nature. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is partnering with Friends of Poetry, a nonprofit organization in Kalamazoo, to encourage “Baby Boomers” who are age 50 and up to get outside for a walk and be inspired to write. The Nature Poetry Walk will happen at 11 a.m., March 27, at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


Elizabeth Wein

CommuniTEEN is all about getting teens in the Portage Public Schools to read a book together, meet the author, and build a connection between the classroom and the world of literature. The wider community is also invited to read the book and hear from its author.


Ryan Cunningham

Detroit native Michael Ferro wrote his novel, Title 13 (Harvard Square Editions, 2018), years before the Trump administration. But he found, years later, that he'd written a story strangely prophetic about today’s political atmosphere.


Atkins & Greenspan Writing

When Dennis Archer arrived at Western Michigan University he was driving an old Studebaker. It broke down in a place he wasn't supposed to park. Archer convinced campus police to sell the car in exchange for forgiving his parking tickets . More than 50 years later Archer had a dorm named after him on the WMU campus. 


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