2011 LAND Creative Writing Journal


Yvonne Stephens

Mentor: Holly Wren Spaulding
Northwestern Michigan College

"Blue Haze"
Mark Shaheen

Mentor: Dennis Hinrichsen
Lansing Community College

"A Love Despised"
Jane Mandley

Mentor: Dedria A. Humphries
Lansing Community College


"A Father's Worries"
Ricky DeBats

Mentor: Nichole Bartel
Delta College

John Hartranft

Mentor: Heather Sisto
Mott Community College

"Night Lights"
Bonny K. Lownds

Mentor: Gretchen Cline
Muskegon Community College


"Letter to Nazim Hikmet"
Sean Case

Mentor: Holly Wren Spaulding
Northwestern Michigan College

"The War with PTSD"
Jasica Opperman-Whitney

Mentor: Carol Finke
Kirtland Community College

"Once a Runner"
Devon Joslin

Mentor: Gretchen Kline
Muskegon Community College


    Traci Brimhall
    Traci Brimhall's poetry has been published widely. Her books include Our Lady of the Ruins (forthcoming from W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University, where she also serves as Poetry Editor for Third Coast and Editor at Large for Loaded Bicycle.

    Caitlin Horrocks
    Caitlin Horrocks' short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, The Best American Short Stories 2011, The Paris Review, and numerous other publications. Her book of short fiction, This Is Not Your City, was published in 2011. Currently, she is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University and a fiction editor at West Branch.

    W. Todd Kaneko
    Todd Kaneko's stories and poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Crab Creek Review, Fairy Tale Review, Portland Review, Southeast Review, Blackbird, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.