Adam Schuitema, a Grand Rapids-based author and English professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, released his second novel, Haymaker, back in April via Switchgrass Books.
Aside from several decades of tired Murder City clichés, if Detroit has a reputation for anything, it’s for being on the cultural vanguard. From proto-punk to techno, Detroit is the place where cool things happen a decade before anybody else thinks of them. That reputation transcends the musical realm. Long before The Onion – or even Grand Rapids’ own Recoil – took a biting and satirical look at arts and culture, there was a monthly Detroit magazine called Orbit.
The Grand Rapid’s Public Library is hosting numerous educational and literature-based events throughout the summer. Books, theater, science, comics and even animals can be expected to make an appearance at a few of their events. The best part: They’re all free. For all the details, visit grpl.org.
For a long time, Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel only told stories through the language of her body in motion. But one day, while studying contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, the narrative stopped making sense. “There was a point where I realized that dance wasn’t fun anymore,” St. John Mandel recalled. “It was more a burden than a joy.”
Monica McFawn is constantly on the lookout for characters. In everything she reads, watches and hears, she’s searching for a thread, a situation, a quirk — anything that can give birth to her next protagonist. And when it comes to fictional people, she believes the badder they behave, the better.
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.
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