Whether it’s a duet or a mass protest, something incredible happens when human voices join together. The convergence of different ideas and expressions allows us to see, think and feel from a perspective far broader than our own. This is especially true in the world of poetry, where many are finding that collaboration both in and outside of the medium reveals a wealth of untapped potential.
The ruthless exploits of a machete-wielding maniac and the seesaw passions of star-crossed lovers may seem light-years apart to many fiction lovers, but Micheala Lynn believes otherwise. Since her days as a graduate student, the West Michigan-based author has transitioned seamlessly from an aspiring horror writer with a serious Stephen King addiction into one of the brightest emerging talents in the lesbian romance genre.
I’ll admit it: video games have become somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me. When I pick up the controller, I do it hastily and with little thought. Yet there I was, contemplating the metaphysical implications of Super Smash Brothers just the same.
The holiday season is upon us, and many in West Michigan have undoubtedly joined in the mad scramble to find the perfect gifts of 2014. Were this 1950 however, all that time spent browsing Amazon in our underwear or road-raging out on 28th Street would have instead been spent downtown Grand Rapids, where retail once reigned supreme.
At some time or another you have probably written a letter raging at your boss, never intending to send it. Or made a shopping list with "boyfriend" scribbled in right after soap. And you probably tossed them in the trash and figured they were gone for good. Well, there is a chance someone is poking around and sending your junk to FOUND magazine.
You might say that Bob Mankoff has humor down to a science. After all, before beginning his journey from budding cartoonist to cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Mankoff was just a few credits shy of a PhD in experimental psychology.
Eric “EZ” Albertson is nothing if not a people person. Back in early 2012, when he opened the SpeakEZ lounge in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Neighborhood, Albertson sought to create a highly connective environment that would bring a true sense of community back to the pub. It’s no surprise then that one of the establishment’s longest-running and most popular events is centered around something that’s brought human beings together since the dawn of our existence: telling stories.
Melissa Plaut remembers the first time she ever wrote about driving a New York City taxicab. It was 5 a.m. one morning in 2005, and she’d just returned home from her shift. The stream-of-consciousness recounting of the night’s events that poured out of her was unlike anything she’d ever written, certainly unlike anything she’d ever written in her previous job, writing copy for one of the Big Apple’s innumerable advertising agencies.
Let’s face it: the winners write the history books. That's why Grand Rapids' history books are filled with the rise of the furniture industry, pictures of Gerald Ford and a whole lot of just good ol’ fashioned niceness. But for local author and history buff Amberrose Hammond, the full story lies beneath the surface.
Before he was hired as Kent District Library's Kentwood branch teen librarian, Greg Lewis saw something big at KDL's Grandville branch. It was an event that featured live music from local teen bands. Once he took on his position as teen librarian, Lewis was inspired to take that teen-band concept further. Three years later, Kentwoodpalooza was born.
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