Nature & Exploration
A Poetry Reading at Marquette Regional History Center
Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm
Marquette Regional History Center
Join us for a free poetry reading by Russell Thorburn, inaugural Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula, and Kathleen Heideman. Russell Thorburn, inaugural Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula, will read nature and exploration poems inspired by Upper Michigan and his experience as artist-in-residence at the Mojave National Preserve in California, with son Gabriel, a photographer and Warner Bros. animation editor. Thorburn’s current book of poetry is Misfit Hearts, which examines the John Huston film, The Misfits. Kathleen Heideman will also read poems concerning nature and exploration. Heideman is a writer and artist based in Marquette, a past fellow of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and recipient of numerous artist residencies with the National Park Service, including Apostle Islands, Isle Royale and the Badlands.
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UPPAA author Milly Balzarini, author of The Lost Road Home was featured
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an issue many veterans face.
A program in Marquette County helps Vietnam veterans cope with PTSD through worship and prayer
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Ms. Carol Brady, Board Member of the Marquette Regional History Center, presenting Ben Mukkala with the Helen Paul Longyear Award “For the preservation and enhancement of history in Marquette County
The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association sadly marks the passing of one of its longtime members, Ben Mukkala.
Ben was a pioneer of self-publishing, authoring several books including Copper, Timber, Iron and Heart, Come on Along, and The Gift of Wings, based on his experiences as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and earned the rank of major.
As an author, Ben was always willing to help others with information and share his love for U.P. history, the subject of many of his books. He spoke to classes at NMU about being an author and self-publishing, he gave presentations to fourth graders across the state of Michigan via long distance learning about the lumberjack era, and he gave cemetery tours of Big Bay, Michigan, regaling people with tales of former lumberjacks.
A true storyteller, man of spirit, and U.P. legend, Ben Mukkala will be long missed. We are all better for having known him.
You can read more about Ben at: http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/591052/Journal-columnist-Ben-Mukkala-dies.html?nav=5006 and his website: www.benmukkala.com
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