Yes, it’s us again: the editors. It’s hard to believe this represents our 200th post on Michiganders Post. It’s even harder to think of the best way to celebrate such an occasion.
What we came up with was this:
After a confrontation with the Water Commissioner, we’ve decided to run against him in the next election. Our campaign, based on outlandish promises and elaborate services that the Water Commission will perform, will win us the election. But being in charge of Flint’s water may prove to be a bit more challenging than we’ve anticipated.
Okay, okay — that’s just a rip-off of The Simpsons’ 200th episode, “Trash of Titans.” But, can you blame us? Is there a better model to borrow to celebrate our 200th post? As always, we welcome your ideas. (We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, day or night.)
For now, we’ll go with this:
Thank you to all of our contributors, our readers, and our supporters.
There’s been a lot of posts between our first 100 and today’s 200th — one hundred, to be exact. There’s been reviews of books, films, and bakeries. There’s been musings on Michigan sports, both professional and semi-professional. We’ve seen the introduction of new series such as Trimming Book-Fat and The Groomzilla Files. There’s been a reflection on meeting Robert De Niro and open letters, including one to a renegade driving Jeep.
Our goal has been, and continues to be, to give opportunities in publishing to writers, both new and established, from Michigan and the greater Midwest. Our modus operandi has been one of free collaboration, so we’re constantly looking for ways to work with and support local writers. (We’re open to new contributors and unsolicited submissions at any time.)
In doing so, we’ve already experienced a flood of responses from both writers and readers. Our newest contributor is a young up-and-comer, Rina Caldwell, who lives and writes in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Be sure to tune-in to her monthly series, Turtle Tries to Travel. She’s exploring her nonfiction essays in true form — that is, experimental.
We’re looking forward to the publication of our fifth title under the FCNI imprint. My Torn Dance Card by David James is an emotionally rich collection of poetry that will be available on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, so put it on your Amazon Wish List now.
This fall, we’re looking forward to the second volume of Selected Writings from Michiganders Post, which features the best essays found here between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. There’s still time to get your writing featured on Michiganders Post and, thus, considered for inclusion in volume two. Visit our Submit a Post page for more details.
We’ll also be announcing our next open call for submissions for the Fall 2015 issue of Old Northwest Review shortly. ONR publishes works of poetry and prose with some connection, however abstract, to the greater Midwest region.
So, here’s to the next 200 posts! In the meantime, stay warm out there, friends.
Brandon James Anderson & K.M. Zahrt