Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature

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Wayne State University Press
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5.05 X 8.09 X 0.63 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Keith Taylor has published ten books of poetry, short fiction, translations, and edited volumes, including If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009). His most recent book is the chapbook of poems Marginalia for a Natural History. Over the years his poems, stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Southern Review, the Detroit Free Press, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among many others. He has received grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. He teaches English at the University of Michigan and directs the Bear River Writers' Conference. Laura Kasischke has published seven novels, including Eden Springs (Wayne State University Press, 2010), and seven collections of poetry. Her work has been translated widely, and two of her novels have been made into feature-length films. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA program and the Residential College at the University of Michigan.


Looking for trouble in familiar places? I suggest you curl up with this contemporary literary guide to Michigan ghosts, in which some of our state's finest poets and storytellers will carry you to burial grounds, haunted lighthouses, disorienting museums, mansions with secret passageways, and farmhouses visited by those long dead. These stories unite the urban and the rural, the funny and the grim, by allowing a reader a glimpse below the surface."--Bonnie Jo Campbell
By turns bone-chilling and heart-stirring (not to mention heart-chilling and bone-stirring) these gripping tales are deeply haunted by Michigan history. My hat-and my hair!-is raised to the authors and editors."--Peter Ho Davies "author of The Welsh Girl "
James Hynes's 'Backseat Driver' deftly contrasts female powerlessness in daily life with revenge from beyond the grave, Anne-Marie Oomen's 'Bitchathane' and Lolita Hernandez's Making Bakes use regional flavor effectively, and editor Kasischke's 'Ghost Anecdote' neatly shifts focus from narrator to reader, memory to imagination, and mundane to fabulous. Mainstream readers will find these hauntings very accessible, and their endearing na?vet? will charm horror fans."--Publishers Weekly