The Hugo Awards 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! 

Presented annually since 1955, the Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious. The winners are selected by members of the World Science Fiction Convention from the shortlisted finalists, and the awards are presented at WorldCon in August.

There are seventeen categories for the 2017 Hugo Awards, including a provisional category, Best Series, which may become a permanent category if approved by the World Science Fiction Convention.  Other categories include Best Artist, Best Editor (for both short- and long-form works), Best Dramatic Presentation, and, of course, the literature categories.

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Poet Feature: Billy Collins

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday, it's Billy Collins!

Billy Collins was born in 1941 in New York City, but despite growing up in the big city, his poetry, as he describes it, is “suburban, it’s domestic, it’s middle class, and it’s sort of unashamedly that.”  It's a style that's made Collins one of the most popular poets in America, though he wasn't an immediate success.  Following graduation from the College of the Holy Cross, Collins went on to...

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Poet Feature: Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poetsToday's poet is Elizabeth Bishop!

Born in 1911, Bishop's childhood was marked by frequent upheaval.  Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother suffered from mental illness so severe that she had been permanently committed to an institution by the time Bishop was five years old.  Bishop then lived with first one, then the other set of grandparents until...

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

We are delighted to partner with to bring you downloadable audiobooks!'s featured audiobook for the month of April is The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck.  Performed by Cassandra Campbell, The Women in the Castle weaves together the stories of three women as they fight to create a new life for themselves and their families in the midst of World War II. 

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Poet Feature: William Blake

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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

Born in London on November 28, 1757, William Blake was a highly imaginative and rather unusual child.  He claimed to have visions of God and angels, which perhaps influenced his parents' decision to instruct him at home rather than send him to school with his brothers. 

Originally, Blake intended to be an artist.  He studied art briefly, but when schooling became too expensive, he was apprenticed to...

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Ed Hack

Monday, April 3rd, 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 Ed Hack.

His poem "What Trees Do" appears in the 2017 winter/spring edition of Dunes Review.

"There are times when, with the last word, I know it’s done. There is a very particular satisfaction writing sonnets, when the quatrain is exactly right and all comes together that, for me, is unmistakable..."

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Poet Feature: Nikki Giovanni

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poets.  First up is Nikki Giovanni!

Born in 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Giovanni grew up in a family of storytellers.  She was especially close to her grandmother, who taught young Giovanni a great appreciation for her African American heritage.  Because of this...

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Amical's Cookbook Dinner Series: Down South

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Take your dinner Down South with the sixth installment of the Cookbook Dinner Series at AmicalBased on recipes created by the man behind some of New Orleans's most beloved restaurants, James Beard Award-winning chef Donald Link, the menu will feature everything from gumbo to collard green slaw.  Get a taste from  Monday, April 3rd through Sunday the 9th.

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National Poetry Month, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

April 1st marks the start of National Poetry Month, a celebration created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  Modeled on Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March), National Poetry Month was created to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of poetry in all its forms.

"The experiment of poetry, as far as I am concerned, happens when the poem carries you beyond hwere you could have reasonably expected to go." --Seamus Heaney

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