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Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature

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Edited by Laura Kasischke and Keith Taylor
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For Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them editors Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke asked twelve celebrated Michigan writers to submit new stories on one subject: ghosts. The resulting collection is a satisfying mix of tales by some of the state’s most well-known and award-winning writers. Some of the pieces are true stories written by non-believers, while others are clearly fiction and can be funny, bittersweet, spooky, or sinister. All share Michigan as a setting, bringing history and a sense of place to the eerie collection.

Ghosts in these stories have a wide range of motivations and cause a variety of consequences. In some cases, they seem to dwell in one person’s consciousness, as in Steve Amick’s “Not Even Lions and Tigers,” and other times they demonstrate their presence with tangible evidence, as in Laura Hulthen Thomas’s “Bones on Bois Blanc.” Spirits sometimes appear in order to communicate something important to the living, as in James Hynes’s “Backseat Driver” and Lolita Hernandez’s “Making Bakes,” to change the course of events, as in Anne-Marie Oomen’s “Bitchathane,” or to cause characters to look inside themselves, as in Elizabeth Schmuhl’s “Belief.” The supernatural stories in Ghost Writers visit a mix of Michigan locations, from the urban, to the suburban, and rural. Authors find ghosts in family farmhouses, downtown Detroit streets, an abandoned northern Michigan lighthouse, gracious Grosse Pointe homes, a mid-Michigan apartment complex, and the crypt of a Polish priest in the small town of Cross Village.

Taylor and Kasischke have assembled a collection with a diverse mixture of settings, tones, and styles, ensuring that Ghost Writers will appeal to all readers of fiction, particularly those interested in the newest offerings from Michigan’s best fiction writers.

Contributors: Steve Amick, Nicholas Delbanco, Kelly Fordon, Lolita Hernandez, James Hynes, Laura Kasischke, Elizabeth Kostova, Anne-Marie Oomen, Eileen Pollack, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Keith Taylor, Laura Hulthen Thomas

Published by Wayne State University Press

All recent publications by Laura Kasischke

  • If a Stranger Approaches You
  • Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature
  • The Raising
  • Space, in Chains
  • Eden Springs
  • In a Perfect World
  • Feathered
  • Be Mine
  • Boy Heaven

All publications by Laura Kasischke

Space, in Chains (poetry collection, Copper Canyon, 2011);  Lilies Without (poetry collection, Ausable Press, 2007); The Raising (novel, Harpers, 2011);  In a Perfect World (novel, Harpers, 2009); Be Mine (novel, Harcourt, 2007); Boy Heaven (novel for young adults, HarperCollins, 2006); Gardening in the Dark (poetry collection, Ausable Press, 2004); The Life Before Her Eyes, (novel, Harcourt, 2002); Dance and Disappear, (poetry collection, University of Massachusetts Press, 2002); What It Wasn't, (poetry collection, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001); Fire & Flower, (poetry collection, Alice James Books, 1999); White Bird in a Blizzard, (novel, Hyperion, 1998); Suspicious River, (novel, Houghton Mifflin, 1996); Housekeeping in a Dream, (poetry collection, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1995); Wild Brides, (poetry collection, New York University Press, 1991). Poetry published in Harper's, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Pushcart anthologies. Recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (2012), a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers (NYU Press), Beatrice Hawley Award, Juniper Award (Univ. of Massachusetts Press), Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award (Poetry Society of America).

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