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Kim Fairley is an artist and memoirist based in Michigan who writes about wrestling with secrets and the power of dealing with trauma. Her most recent memoir, Swimming for My Life, chronicles her experience as a competitive swimmer during the early years of Title IX. She has written two other books: Shooting Out the Lights: A Memoir and Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in mixed media from the University of Michigan.
Happily writing away for sixty years, Rohn Federbush has published short stories and self-published fifteen novels. Her paranormal romance novels, mysteries and Michigan based historical romances all contain inspirational messages. Born on a farm in southern Illinois, Rohn finished her Masters in Creative Writing in 1995 from Eastern University. She retired as an administrator of the University of Michigan’s Applied Physics PhD. Program.
Rohn has several award winning books including In Lincoln’s Shadow which was a finalist of Daphne de Maurier and RWA Atlanta Contest, Maui Time won third place Virginia’s Marlene RWA Contest, The Prom Dress won honorable mention in the Iowa Literary Awards, and The Bus Orphan was a semifinalist in the James Fellowship of Sister of Oregon. Rohn’s complete list of publications, conferences, editor, agent appointments, memberships, and travel history are listed in her resume. When she’s not writing, Rohn loves painting, which she also sells at local street and book fairs.
Michael A. Ferro
Born and bred in the Detroit area, Michael A. Ferro attended Michigan State University and received a degree in Creative Writing. Michael’s novel, TITLE 13, was published by Harvard Square Editions and chosen as a Best Book of 2018 by the Emerging Writers Network. He was named as a finalist by Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award, received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction, and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
Michael is also a musician, satirist, and humorist, as well as a book reviewer and critic for numerous literary journals and an editor with the Chicago Writers Association. He is a former sportswriter and a Features Writer for CBS and CBS Detroit, and a national music and sports columnist with AXS. Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest; he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor, Michigan.
As perhaps the world’s only artist-photographer working almost exclusively from the air, Dale Fisher has made a career of capturing images both on film and digitally through the door of a helicopter. While skimming over his subjects at ground speeds of 120 miles per hour, he transforms freeways, construction sites, rooftops, and parked vehicles into colorful graphic patterns. At just 17, Dale headed off to join the United States Navy where he began shooting (with a camera) from the skies as an aerial reconnaissance photographer. Upon his return home from service, he worked as a photographer at the Ann Arbor News. He has traveled the country towing his helicopter and captured many of the images that are in collections. According to Dale, “Low-level helicopter photography gives a distinctive perspective unmatched by photographs taken from airplanes, drones, or from the ground.”
Dale grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and currently resides at his 200-year-old farm in Grass Lake, called Eyry of the Eagle. The name is a nod to his photographic viewpoint above (like an Eagle) and translates to “the lofty nest of a bird of prey”. While Eyry of The Eagle farm holds many tales itself — its 100 acres of woods, water and fields is also home to Dale’s art galleries, wedding venue, and the Michigan’s Center for the Photographic Arts, a 501 (C) 3 Dale founded to provide artistic mentorship for youth. Dale enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, working on his property, traveling, and photographing the beautiful sites of Michigan.
Linda W. Fitzgerald
Linda Wirtanen Fitzgerald grew up in Garrison Keillor country, primarily Michigan's upper peninsula. After graduating from Northern Michigan University, she headed to Ann Arbor and a graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan. With a master's degree in hand and a national recession raging, she tried her hand at magazine editing, newspaper reporting, even script writing for sales seminars and consoled herself in off hours by devouring mystery novels. Ultimately, she found her professional home as senior copywriter in an Ann Arbor ad agency and, from there, went on to launch Fitzgerald Communications. Twenty-some years and thousands of projects later, one career goal still eluded her: she had never written a mystery novel. In the summer of 2016, she crossed that item off her life list with the publication of Death at the Doorstep, the debut adventure of Ann Arbor freelance writer and amateur sleuth Karin Niemi. The second novel in the series, A Superior Way to Die, is set in the Upper Peninsula.
Sara Fitzgerald is a former editor and new-media developer for the Washington Post and was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1973 with a degree in history and journalism. She is also the author of Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates (University of Michigan Press, 2012) and The Poet’s Girl (Thought Catalog Books, 2020). Her current writing project is a biography of Emily Hale, the little-known muse of the poet T. S. Eliot.
Doc Fletcher was born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan near the main branch of the Rouge River. He is a 1976 graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He took his first canoe trip in 1978 on the Pere Marquette River and since has been getting in a canoe or kayak whenever possible. For Michigan-Out-Of-Doors segments, Doc joined co-host Jim Gretzinger in paddling the length of the Sturgeon River and the Pere Marquette headwaters. Doc has 6 books published about the joy of paddling rivers in Michigan and across the Midwest Michigan’s rivers.
Doc has been invited to share stories from his books, primarily at Michigan libraries, on over 300 occasions since his first book was published in 2008. The Michigan Library Association honored Doc with their 2017 Author Award. A life-long Michigan resident, Doc promotes his home state on his website.
Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Matthew L.M. Fletcher, ’97, is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at Michigan Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of federal Indian law, American Indian tribal law, Anishinaabe legal and political philosophy, constitutional law, federal courts, and legal ethics, and he sits as the Chief Justice of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Professor Fletcher also sits as an appellate judge for the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and the Tulalip Tribes. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band.
Patrick Flores-Scott was a long-time public school teacher in Seattle, Washington. He’s now a stay-at-home dad and early morning writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patrick’s first novel, Jumped In, was named to the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Walden Award finalist, a Washington Book Award winner, an NCSS/CBC Notable Book for the Social Studies, and a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014. His second novel, American Road Trip, received multiple starred reviews and is a 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and was nominated for state lists and awards in Texas, Arizona, Washington, Connecticut and Georgia.
Gregory A. Fournier
Literary Classics gold medal award-winning author Gregory A. Fournier received his bachelor and master’s degrees in Language Arts from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. A writer of creative nonfiction, his books include The Elusive Purple Gang, Zug Island, Terror In Ypsilanti, The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder and Detroit Time Capsule.
Fournier writes short history posts for his Fornology.com blog, and he has appeared on the Investigation Discovery Channel as a guest expert on serial killer John Norman Collins for the series A Crime to Remember in an episode entitled “A New Kind of Monster.” Terror In Ypsilanti is currently in development for a movie or miniseries.
R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, a memoir, and 15 feature length screenplays. His first book – a memoir entitled Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine was previously published by Fish Out of Water Books. His debut novel Awaiting Identification was placed on MLive's top 10 Michigan books of the year. Both books – which were initially screenplays – are currently being developed into feature films. He is on board as a co-producer for Love & Vodka, as well as the writer/director/editor of several award-winning short films. He recently published a collection of essays entitled Tales From the Dork Side and his work has been published in over 30 literary magazines and journals.
Fox graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In addition to moonlighting as a writer, independent filmmaker and saxophonist, Fox teaches film and literature in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, where he uses his own dream to inspire his students to follow their own. He has also worked in public relations at Ford Motor Company and as a newspaper reporter. He resides in Ann Arbor, MI.
Lauren Friedman is a Product Designer, artist, and the author/illustrator of 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, 50 Ways to Wear Denim, and her latest title, 50 Ways to Wear Accessories, all published by Chronicle Books. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, she is the creator of the My Closet in Sketches project, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Lucky Magazine, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and The Washington Post. Her books have sold over 200,000 copies and have been carried at MoMA, The National Gallery of Art, Paper Source, Target, and retailers across the world.