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.

Suzie Batdorff

More than 20 years have passed since Jim and Mary Hood, and Wanda Miller, planted the first seeds of what became Viavi Flower Farm in Paw Paw. Today, Suzie Batdorff works the farm, nurturing row after row of blooms, to be cut and arranged into beautiful bouquets.

Linda Rzoska

The Photosynthesis Project is an invitational endeavor by artists and writers in southwest Michigan conceived by Linda Rzoska, the owner of Ninth Wave Studio in Kalamazoo.

Natalya Critchley

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo recently unveiled its first public Bike Art Prize competition and awarded $1,750 in cash prizes. A committee with representatives of local art councils, organizations, and local governments conducted the juried selection process.

Kensington Press

Cozy mysteries — they're the kind that you can snuggle up with on a rainy night and read into morning hours without inviting nightmares. So says Indiana native, and New York Times bestselling author, Kate Collins. She’s the author of the well-loved "Flower Shop Mysteries" series.

Robert Wittman

During his 20-year career with the FBI, Robert Wittman recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property. He also helped prosecute and convict many of the thieves responsible. In 2005, as senior investigator, Wittman was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team (ACT). He’s been called the world’s most famous art detective.