As a child, I recall visiting my uncle’s cottage near Whitefish Point nestled along the shores of Lake Superior. While my relatives played cards, I watched Canadian crime shows on a small black and white television set. Nothing like that was on TV back home.
As a Michigander, it is in our nature to piece together childhood memories when looking at a state map. Countless trips to lakes, historical sites and passing by vast crop fields. However, it is not often that one reflects on how these experiences connect us to the land. It takes a writer to break these rituals down to their atomic level in efforts to show the connection.
“Elemental” is an anthology about Michigan composed by 23 well-known local storytellers. Editor Anne-Marie Oomen, is a creative writing instructor at Interlochen College of Creative Arts and the Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College, Massachusetts.