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Meet UPPAA authors on Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette, MI. “Reading Between the Wines.” Join Tyler Tichelaar and Sonny Longtine as they read from their books during this wine-tasting event to raise money to help literacy.
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Welcome to the Peter White Book Fair sponsored by UPPAA!

Board Meetings – Members welcome!
Open meetings the first Friday of the month at the Peter White Library, Marquette
Next meeting: October 5th, 2018 from 12-1:30 EDT.

To join the conference
Dial: 712-432-6299
Enter your passcode: 483921

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UPPAA only works when members participate!

GET INVOLVED WITH UPPAA

Our membership has soared to over 100 authors, poets, editors, illustrators, and independent publishers. The current Board of Directors invites you to get involved. Contact the committee chairs for more information. Contact Victor Volkman or Mikel Classen to join the distribution and marketing team for the U.P. Reader. Assist Larry Buege by marketing our Dandelion Cottage short story writing contest to your local schools. Debbie Frontiera is our association newsletter editor and welcomes you to join her staff. Contact Gretchen Preston to join the 2019 conference planning committee.

All members are welcome at board meetings. Our Board of Directors meets the First Friday of each month at noon in the Dandelion Cottage room at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan. Please feel free to join us. If you are out of the Marquette area, or unable to attend the meeting in person, you can join the board on its conference call line. Just dial 712-432-6299. You will then be asked to enter the code: 483921#.

We will be electing new association officers at our 2019 conference business meeting. All positions are open. Take time to review the job descriptions for each position below. If you are interested in running for an officer position, contact Tyler Tichelaar. Watch our group email for more information!

UPPAA Board Member Descriptions

President

The President’s duties include:

  • Presiding over the monthly Board meetings.
  • Presiding over the annual business meeting at the spring conference.
  • Organizing the spring conference with the help of the rest of the board.
  • Responding to inquiries via email and phone from interested prospective members.
  • Promoting UPPAA through various means such as handing out brochures at events, bringing UPPAA material to the Superiorland Library Coop for distribution, etc.
  • Following up with fellow Board Members to ensure all board duties and responsibilities are being fulfilled.
  • Proofreading the quarterly newsletters to make sure all information is accurate.

Vice President

The Vice President’s duties include:

  • Attending monthly Board meetings.
  • Preside over meetings if the President cannot.
  • Preparing the agenda for the monthly Board meetings and submitting it to the President prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • Serving on the annual conference planning committee.
  • Working with the Board members and general membership to create new book marketing and sales opportunities.
  • Promoting UPPAA publicly at appropriate opportunities.
  • Being actively involved in all club activities and events.

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s duties include:

  • Filling out Federal e-postcard in January and the Michigan Corporation Annual Report in July. These documents are essential to keeping our non-profit status.
  • Downloading money from dues payments from PayPal into our savings account. This should be done at least monthly.
  • Paying all bills. This is a minor activity for most months, but the workload increases near the Spring Conference.
  • Providing a monthly financial report for the board. Fiction writing skills (with humor) is helpful when preparing the report but not mandatory.

Membership Chair

The Membership Chair’s duties include:

  • Maintaining the current member database, including yearly renewal.
  • Adding new members and their information to the database.
  • Keeping the Newsletter Editor up to date on the member database.
  • Adding members to discussion group.
  • Annually removing people who are no longer members from the database and discussion group.
  • Sending out member renewal notices in March of every year and then overdue notices.
  • Sending out Conference registration and compiling a list of attendees and lunch numbers.
  • Sending out and compiling conference surveys.
  • Depositing membership dues checks to the UPPAA account.
  • Sending out notices that go to the entire membership, for example the fall picnic.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary’s duties include: 

  • Taking notes during the business meeting portion at the Spring Conference.
  • Writing minutes based on these notes and keeping a copy for records.
  • Reading minutes of last meeting during business meeting of the conference.
  • Taking notes during monthly board meetings and writing minutes

Webmaster

The Webmaster’s duties include:

  • Managing submissions for http://www.UPPAA.org, including new book announcements, author events, and listings of resources.
  • Managing social media accounts such as Twitter and the UPPAA Facebook pages.
  • Sharing management of the online discussion group with the Membership Secretary.

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor’s duties include:

  • Gathering the news from members four times per year for the spring, summer, fall, and winter newsletters (generally sent in April, July, late Sept./Oct. and late Jan./Feb.) No date set in stone. News is gathered throughout the year and saved to a file and a reminder is sent to members to send their announcements with a deadline about two weeks before the newsletter goes for layout.
  • Preparing the newsletter text and saving any images sent in a file.
  • Having the President proofread the newsletter for typos and missing or wrong information.
  • Sending the text file and any images via email to Margaret Helminen at Designotype for formal layout.
  • Reviewing proofs from Designotype and approving or recommending changes.
  • Using the UPPAA membership list to send out the PDF newsletter to the membership. (Note that for the spring issue, Designotype mails the printed version. The spring issue always focuses on the Spring Conference. Summer usually recaps the conference. Fall and winter have member news, marketing tips, announcements, etc.

Publications Chair

The Publications Chair’s duties include:

  • Managing everything related to the P. Reader, including submissions, concept, design, technical issues, promotion, and coordinating sales distribution.
  • Working with other U.P. Reader staff and the UPPAA Board as well as the organizers/student winners of the Dandelion Short Story Contest.
  • Managing any new publications UPPAA may choose to pursue.

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Presque Isle Pavillion

Presque Isle Pavilion

Dear UPPAA Member,

On September 15, 2018, from noon to 2:00pm the second annual UPPAA Picnic will be taking place at the Island Pavilion at Presque Isle in Marquette, MI.

Bring the whole family out to enjoy a potluck lunch as well networking and socializing time with fellow writers.

I will be sending a Sign-up Genius form out about two weeks prior to the picnic to sign-up for what dish you are bringing and note how many people will be attending. The pavilion does have working outlets for crockpots and other hot dishes.

Any questions please let me know and I hope to see you there.

Brandy Thomas

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  • Peter White Public Library

    Peter White Public Library

    Wed. Aug 1st 7-9 PM
    For Judith Minty, An Evening of Memories and Celebration.
    Shiras Room Peter White Library.
    On Wednesday, August 1st at 7 PM in the Shiras Room of Peter White Library, poets from throughout Michigan will join with friends of Judith Minty to read her work and share memories. Singer/songwriter Terri Bocklund will perform original works inspired by Minty’s poems. Poetry from Yellow Dog Journal and other selected Minty pieces will be read.
    Participating authors include Martin Achatz, the Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula: Lynn Domina, Head of the English Department of NMU; Lisa Fosmo, poet from Escanaba; Kathleen M. Heideman, U.P. writer, artist and environmentalist; Jane Piirto PhD, Negaunee native, distinguished professor and author of 21 books; Christine Saari, Marquette and Austrian writer and visual artist; and Eric Torgesen, retired CMU professor and author of 8 books of poetry, 2 books of fiction and several books of translation. Sally Olson and Christine Saari will share stories from their friendship with Judith Minty.

  • ​Thurs. Aug 2nd 7-9 PM
    August Poetry Workshop with Martin Achatz ​-
    Joy Center
    On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So, this August, in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of this event, join me for a poetry workshop about hopes and dreams. Let’s all keep Dr. King’s dream alive. Cost: $10
  • Mon. Aug 6th 5:30 – 7 PM August
    MPC Workshop –
    Shiras Room
    Bring copies of a poem to share and get feedback in a gentle environment from local poets.
  • Mon. Aug 6th 7-9 PM August
    Open Mic – Inspired Words
    sponsored by Peter White Library. Shiras Room. See attached flyer.
  • Wed. Aug 8th  7-9 PM 
    Word in Action Poetry Flood Relief Reading
    Joy Center –
    Marty Achatz is organizing a poetry reading for Copper Country flood relief. It will take take place at the Joy Center in Ishpeming on Wednesday, August 8, at 7 p.m. He is looking for poets who would be interested in reading. He is also attempting to put together a basket of poetry to raffle off. If you are willing to donate signed copies of your books and/or broadsides, please message or e-mail him! If you would like to read that night, message or e-mail him, as well! => e-mail: machatz@nmu.edu

 

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U.P. Reader -- Issue #2

U.P. Reader — Issue #2

At last we have a link you can give to family and friends to purchase U.P. Reader — Issue #2

At the Spring Meeting, Mikel will speak about getting us into brick-and-mortar stores around the U.P.
See you on June 2nd!

 

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MARQUETTE, MI (April 27, 2018) — The U.P. Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) has announced the winners of its first Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest.

UPPAA, established in 1998 as an organization for anyone from or associated with Upper Michigan who is interested in writing and publishing, has continually sought to educate its members on all aspects of writing, publishing, and book marketing. Since its founding, the organization has grown to more than one hundred authors. Its members have produced a wide variety of books ranging from U.P. history and travel books to historical fiction, mysteries, romance, fantasy, science fiction, nature, recreation, children’s books, and poetry.

The idea to hold a short story contest for high school students was the brain child of Larry Buege, UPPAA’s current treasurer and the author of several books, including his popular young adult Chogan Native American series. Buege said he was inspired to create the contest to encourage young writers because he has a granddaughter in Wisconsin who published her first novel while in the sixth grade. “I was convinced that we may have similarly talented writers in the U.P.,” Buege said.

Buege approached the rest of the UPPAA board members, who embraced the idea of a contest that would encourage students to become interested in writing and to pursue their talents. Buege also found an anonymous donor to provide financial support. He chose to name the contest after the classic children’s book Dandelion Cottage (1904) by Carroll Watson Rankin, an author from Marquette who published several children’s novels. Once the contest was announced and entries began to come in, Buege was confirmed in believing the idea was a good one. “I was not disappointed,” he said. “The quality of the submissions was beyond my expectations.”

U.P. Reader Issue #2

U.P. Reader Issue #2

The submissions were judged by a group of UPPAA members, all authors themselves. Prizes for the contest were designated to be $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. However, this first year there was a tie for third place and the judges also decided to award an Honorable Mention. In addition to the cash prizes, the first place winner’s name will be engraved on a traveling trophy that will be displayed at the student’s school each year. First, second, and third place winners are also all given medallions with their names and award placement engraved on them. Finally, the first and second place winners’ stories will be published in the 2nd annual U.P. Reader, the new literary publication of UPPAA, which will be released at UPPAA’s annual meeting on June 2.

This year, the first place winner of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Contest is Katie McEachern, a freshman from Negaunee. She won for her story “The Attack.” Second place is awarded to Emma Locknane, a junior from Gwinn, for her story “Welcome to the New Age.” Third place is awarded to both Anna Laakso, a sophomore from Republic/Michigamme, for her story “Elite” and Sarah Lauzon, a fifth grader from Ironwood for “Henry the Kitten.” Honorable Mention is awarded to Sierra Hendrickson, a freshman from Negaunee, for her story “Abducted.”

Treasurer Larry Buege and Vice President Gretchen Preston have been traveling to the schools to present the awards to the students. In addition, at the annual UPPAA conference, President Tyler Tichelaar will present the traveling trophy to the first place winner and her teacher.

The Landmark Inn, Marquette

The Landmark Inn, Marquette

UPPAA’s annual conference will be held this year at the Landmark Inn in Marquette from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To attend the conference, visit https://uppaa.org/meeting-registration/. A full schedule of the conference, including speakers and presentations, is included at the website. Deadline for registration is May 25. Writers of all ages are welcome.

The second annual Dandelion Cottage contest is now open for entries. Full submission guidelines can be found at http://www.dandelioncottage.org/. The deadline for the contest is January 31, 2019.

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Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association
For Immediate Release�
Contact: Tyler Tichelaar
(906) 226-1543
President@UPPAA.org
www.UPPAA.org

 

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