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Michigan authors, photographer focus of conference

March 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A Native-American storyteller, a Great Lakes photographer and other Michigan authors capturing the life and legends of the state will be featured at an Up North Conference Tuesday through Thursday, March 20-22, at Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by the Lee Honors College, event presentations begin at 7:30 each evening in the Lee Honors College lounge. All are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 20, storyteller, author and respected Ottawa elder Bill Dunlop will discuss his 2005 Michigan Notable Book, "The Indians of Hungry Hallow," recounting his experience as an Ottawa youth growing up in a Native-American community in Petoskey, Mich.

Wednesday, March 21, Ed Wargin, a commercial photographer who captures images of the Great Lakes, will speak along with award-winning children's author
Kathy-jo Wargin, who wrote Michigan's official state book, "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" and is co-author of the popular "M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet."

Thursday, March 22, features author Liesel Litzenburger, whose stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has taught writing at several colleges, including the University of Michigan.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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