Author vs. Editor: Forging the Literary Life in Michigan

Join us for the September installment of the Writers Squared series, titled Author vs. Editor: Forging the Literary Life in Michigan. The event—which is free and open to the public, no RSVP required—will take place on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the Applied Technology Center (Bostwick) at Grand Rapids Community College.

Brandon James Anderson is a co-founder and senior editor at The Fly Came Near It and serves as editor of Old Northwest Review. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University and has had previous work appear in Fiction International and Web Del Sol Review of Books. A native of Flint, Michigan, he currently resides with his wife in the town of Fenton.

K.M. Zahrt is the author of two novels, The Nature of Plots and Odd Man Outlaw, and the short-story collection Thanksgiving with Pop-Pop. He is also an editor at Old Northwest Review where he has contributed interviews with Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Michigan Radio’s senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry, and New York Times bestselling author Thomas C. Foster. He lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

This event is free and open to the public. Writers Squared is a reading/discussion series presented by Great Lake Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Writers Squared 2017 is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Jot Writers’ Conference

The fall Jot Writers’ Conference will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 15, at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids. Attendance is free and no RSVP is required. This event features author and illustrator Laurie Keller, author and editor Paul Kent Muckley, and poet Emily Van Houten. The event will also see the release […]
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“I, Too, Am Michigan” Voices of the Immigrant Experience

Join us on Friday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Koning Micro-Cinema at Wealthy Theater (1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids) for the next installment of the Writers Squared series: “I, Too, Am Michigan: Voices of the Immigrant Experience.”

Speakers include:

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq and came to the United States in 1996. Recipent of a Kresge Fellowship, the Arab American Book Award, and the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, Mikhail is the co-founder of Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture in Michigan. She currently works as an Arabic special lecturer at Oakland University. Her books include The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard.

Jennifer Clark is co-editor of Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books), an anthology of multicultural writing published in collaboration with Justice For Our Neighbors-Kalamazoo, and the author of Necessary Clearings (Shabda Press). Her second poetry collection, Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman, is forthcoming from Shabda Press.

Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is the author of two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes and Tea in Heliopolis (winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award) and a collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets (finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award). A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Awards, she has a passion for painting and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University.

This event is free and open to the public. Writers Squared is a reading/discussion series presented by Great Lake Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Writers Squared 2017 is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Replacement for Hub hours

We are partnering with Caffeinated Press to offer an alternative place for quiet writing. GLCL members may use free writing space at Caffeinated Press offices at 3167 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 104, GR 49508.  Their telephone is 888-809-1686.  Please check their Facebook page at or the online calendar for available hours at

A Fresh Coat of Paint!

Thanks for your patience over the last few days as we’ve tweaked our website to meet GLCL’s needs for many years into the future. As we continue to evolve in this fifth year of our existence, we’re focusing on improvements that will help you — the members of our local literary community — to grow as literary citizens.

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We’re still migrating our current memberships into this new platform; stay tuned for instructions. Our new membership-management capability will streamline the ordering and renewal process, as well as provide you with more options for supporting GLCL’s mission.

We are still fine-tuning some parts of this new website, so we welcome your help in finding and squashing occasional bugs. Use the Contact Us form to leave your feedback.

On this first day of spring, with bright sun and warm(ish) air, it just feels like all things are new again. We hope you’ll “spring” into this new website, knowing it’s just the first of several steps your new board of directors is taking to advance the GCLC’s mission of encouraging, promoting and celebrating the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.

Thanks for your support!