Hot off the press! A new postcard is now available featuring my watercolor “Lake Superior Shoreline, Marquette MI.” Painted en plein air, it represents my attempt to capture a sliver of time — one specific, vivid summer afternoon spent sketching on the shore of the greatest of Great Lakes, just south of the Chocolay River’s mouth. A sand dune stabilized by lush marram grass… calligraphic pines… and the hazed blue humpback of Migisy Bluff (slip-strike feature of the Marquette Synclinorium) rising in the distance. A slice of heaven, am I right? All you have to add is the postcard stamp, and a heartfelt message.
Don’t miss this night on the town!
Readings by the U.P. Poet Laureate Finalists at the Vista Theater (218 Iron Street, Negaunee MI) on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 PM.
A literary powerhouse event! Come to the Vista Theater and learn the identity of Upper Michigan’s first-ever Poet Laureate!
The night will feature poetry readings and signings by the top five finalists for the first U.P. Poet Laureate Award: Elinor Benedict, Randall R. Freisinger, Eric Gadzinski, Austin Hummell and Russell Thorburn. Benedict, Freisinger, Gadzinski, Hummell and Thorburn were nominated by authors, bookstores and librarians across the Upper Peninsula. Marty Achatz, Kathleen Heideman, Beverly Matherne and M. Bartley Seigel (who were also top ten finalists), will introduce the top five finalists. Books will be available for purchase following the reading (via Snowbound Books). In addition to the authors, actors from the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council will be reading selected works by the finalists, and the entire event will be hosted by poet Janeen Rastall.
The poets were selected for their exceptional talent. They have been widely published and have distinguished careers in the U.P. as teachers and promoters of poetry. Elinor Benedict of Rapid River is the founding editor of the literary magazine Passages North. Her recent books include Late News from the Wilderness and All That Divides Us. Randall R. Freisinger is an emeritus professor of Humanities at Michigan Tech University in Houghton. His four books of poems include Running Patterns, Hand Shadows, Plato’s Breath and Nostalgia’s Thread. Eric Gadzinski is an associate professor of English at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie where he was one of the founders of the LSSU creative writing program and literary journal. His poetry collections include Lotus Eater, Sweetgrass and Road’s End. Austin Hummell is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. His books include Poppy and The Fugitive Kind. Russell Thorburn has taught in U.P. schools through the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, at Marquette Branch Prison and at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of five books of poems: Approximate Desire, Father, Tell Me I Have Not Aged, The Drunken Piano, The Whole Tree as Told to the Backyard and Misfit Hearts.
Price: Free! As in “free verse.”
Pleased to note that I’ll have work appearing in the soon-to-appear edition of Lit UP — a “literary magazine for the U.P., celebrating the literary community of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We are looking for fresh, new, unpublished work by writers of poetry, fiction, and essay who are influenced and shaped by this place.” The new issue of Lit UP will include three of my poems:
You Reading This Sign, Stop
Further Advice for Poets from Editors of Literary Journals
Some Things Aren’t Meant to Mix
Sneak preview — first stanza from You Reading This Sign, Stop – inspired by a summer I spent living in Big Bay Michigan.
“I know the place you meant to reach
by driving like that, half mad on
hope and brandy-old-fashioneds.
The road don’t go there anymore, friend.
It ain’t happening, tonight.”
Winter make that Spring! on the Yellow Dog Plains. Deep, deep snow still covers the plains in mid-March, Vernal Equinox — far more snow than elsewhere in Marquette. I skied in with a friend, and we enjoyed several beautiful days in the snug Winter Cabin. During this time, it continued to snow on the plains. All my woodpiles were buried! Triple A was drifted shut west of the Salmon Trout.
Above: West Bentley Pond in deep snow, March 2013.
Above: Two views of the Winter Cabin, view of the Gleaning, and view of the Triple A road, buried in snow.
January 21, 2013
MARQUETTE – The exhibit “Greetings from the Yellow Dog!,” featuring watercolor paintings of the Yellow Dog Plains by Kathleen M. Heideman-Rydholm, will be on display throughout February at Babycakes Muffin Co., 223 W. Washington St. in Marquette. Store hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
For information, visit babycakesmuffincompany.com