On Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 am, Teresa Scollon, poet, essayist, editor, and educator, will lead a poetry workshop in the Munnecke Room at Leland Township Library. “A poem doesn’t setout to tell the entire narrative the way a story does,” said Scollon. “And yet, a poem, by capturing a particular moment, can illuminate a world and draw in the reader in profound ways.” The workshop is free and open to the public. “No matter your level of experience in reading or writing poetry. All are welcome,” Scollon said.

Wayne State University Press just published a collection of creative nonfiction essays and stories by Michigan writers called ELEMENTAL. The collection is edited by Anne-Marie Oomen, an author, poet and teacher who lives in Empire. ELEMENTAL will celebrate its launch at the Glen Arbor Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The Michigan Writers, started in 2001 by a group of area scribes (including Norm Wheeler, Joe VanderMeulen, Bronwyn Jones, and others), initially focused on collaborating to help each other improve their work and get published. But the roots of what would become a thriving regional writing network can be found in a small yet vibrant publication, founded around 1996 by Empire poet, essayist, playwright and teacher Anne-Marie Oomen.

On Sunday, July 29 at 8 p.m. the annual Arts Collage event will take place outdoors at the Studio Stage, located behind Lake Street Studios in Glen Arbor. The rain location is the Glen Arbor Town Hall. This year’s Arts Collage features guitarist Will Pearsall, poets Teresa Scollon and Anne-Marie Oomen and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.