Poet Feature: Seamus Heaney

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, including Seamus Heaney!

Born 1939 in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry, Heaney grew up a Catholic in predominantly Protestant Northern Ireland during the social and political upheaval known as the Troubles.  This turbulent social landscape, as well as the natural world around him, served as the inspiration for much of his early poetry.  His collection Death of a Naturalist was published in 1966, and became...

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Poet Feature: Kay Ryan

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting the work of a wide variety of poets.  Today, Kay Ryan is our featured poet!

Kay Ryan, born in 1945, grew up in the San Joaquin valley and earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA.  Her writing is unique among contemporary poets, tightly crafted and distilled, structured with rhyme, and candidly witty.  Her works reflect years of intense thought and consideration.  Unlike poetry based in imagery, for Ryan...

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Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Beloved children's author Beverly Cleary is celebrating her 101st birthday today!

Best known for her Henry Huggins series and Ramona Quimby series, Cleary has published dozens of books and has won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.  As a young child, she developed a love of books from her mother, who was a volunteer librarian, but Cleary initially struggled with reading. 

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Poet Feature: Pablo Neruda

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, such as Pablo Neruda!

Born Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, Neruda hailed from the countryside near Temuco, a city in southern Chile.  He was a prolific writer even at a young age.  By the time he graduated from high school, he had already adopted the pseudonym that would later become his legal name, and was publishing poetry in local newspapers and winning writing contests as Pablo Neruda.  He was lucky enough to...

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Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017 is Independent Bookstore Day!

What makes Independent Bookstores so great?  Curated collections, booksellers who know just what to recommend, unique author events, local interest titles...the list goes on and on.  Join us to celebrate all these things (and more!) on April 29th, 2017.

We've got lots of fun things planned, from exclusive items and giveaways only available on the day, to a launch party for the upcoming edition of The Dunes Review, complete with readings, refreshments, and a chance to meet some of the contributors.  

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Poet Feature: Basho

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday, we're taking a closer look at the work of Basho.

Born in 1644 near Kyoto, Japan, Matsuo Kinsaku, later known as Basho, gained his early appreciation for literature while in the service of the son of a local lord.  While his brothers became farmers, Basho moved to Kyoto to study poetry with Kigin, a local poet of some note.  He also studied Chinese poetry, and began to write his own works in a style called...

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Poet Feature: Emily Dickinson

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday, we're highlighting Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts.  As a child, she was educated at the Amherst Academy, an excellent school that encouraged students to explore sciences such as botany (a subject in which Dickinson excelled) as well as literature.  This kindled an early love of poetry, and some examples remain of Dickinson's schoolroom poems.  Her schooling ended after a year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, where she chafed at the religious instruction and was often...

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Anna Leahy

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Anna Leahy.

Anna's short fiction work "Love is Like a Rock" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"I liked the way cursive looked, liked the idea that it made meaning even before I could read it, and, by the time I was about four years old, I was scribbling on yellow legal pads next to my mother’s desk..." 

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