Sunday, July 03, 2016

Between the Lines: Made in Michigan

by Zinta Aistars

for WMUK 102.1 FM
Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate

Between the Lines is my weekly radio show about books and writers with a Michigan connection. It airs every Tuesday at 7:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., and 4:20 p.m. (or listen anytime online), on WMUK 102.1 FM, Southwest Michigan's NPR affiliate. I am the host of Between the Lines.

This week's guests: M. L. Liebler and Michael Zadoorian 

Photo of ML Liebler by Shelly Liebler

The "Made in Michigan Writers Series" celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. It's published by Wayne State University in Detroit and has proven to be remarkably successful, showcasing the diverse work of Michigan writers. To celebrate, the Wayne State University Press has collected 22 short stories by some of Michigan’s best writers for the new anthology, Bob Seger’s House and Other Stories.

M. L. Liebler, the co-editor of the book with Michael Delp, got the difficult task of choosing the stories to be included in the anthology. He reminisces about how the "Made in Michigan Writers Series" came to be.

“Annie Martin, who is the acquisition editor of the Made in Michigan Writers Series, had this vision ten years ago to do a literary series,” Liebler says. “That’s pretty unusual for a university press. They’re not known for poetry and fiction as much as for academic books. She tapped me from the Detroit area and Michael Delp up at Interlochen. By putting us two together, she figured she could build a good series of eclectic writers.”
Since it began in 2006, the series has produced 45 books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, with 200 writers, editors, and other contributors.
Detroit native Michael Zadoorian is one of those contributors. His collection of short stories, Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit, was published by the series in 2009.
“I was reading the foreword to the anthology about just how diverse the Michigan landscape is - its communities and types of people,” says Zadoorian. “It’s hard to pin down the idea of what makes a Michigan writer. I’m going to  be ...

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