About

“Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near it.” -Mark Twain

The Fly Came Near It, LLC
Flint, MI 48532
(810) 620-7668
TheFlyCameNearIt@gmail.com

The Fly Came Near It was founded in 2011 with the mission to deliver quality writing and art by Michiganders to Michigan audiences. Today, we are proud to offer publishing opportunities that reach beyond Michigan’s borders to the Great Lakes region and the greater Midwest, but our mission remains the same. With FCNI, you will find a variety of Midwest-themed or Midwest-produced publications, including a community blog (Michiganders Post), and a literary journal (Old Northwest Review).

Michiganders Post is a community blog for Michiganders reporting on life in Michigan. Topics may include but are not limited to: literature, sports, arts, and humor. Michiganders Post is intended to be an online, collaborative space for Michiganders to share thoughts and ideas.

Old Northwest Review is a literary journal that publishes fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that is of, from, and aligned with the culture and aesthetic of the Great Lakes region and the greater Midwest. The journal takes its name from the former Northwest Territory of the United States (“Northwest” referring to the land northwest of the Ohio River). In this sense, the journal’s namesake is the very region that provides its ethos.

Find our books online or in-store now at The Grafted Root Eatery, Grand Blanc, Michigan.


Brandon James AndersonSenior Editor and Contributor
Brandon James Anderson is a professor and writer who has sported the thick-rimmed glasses with a beard look long before hipsters thought it was cool. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University. His previous works have appeared in Fiction International and Web Del Sol Review of Books. He currently resides in Fenton. Visit Brandon James Anderson on Twitter @aka_branderson.

K.M. ZahrtSenior Editor and Contributor
K.M. Zahrt holds a master’s degree in literature from Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of Thanksgiving with Pop-Pop (FCNI, 2013), Odd Man Outlaw (WordCrafts Press, 2014), and The Nature of Plots (The Grand Press, 2017). He can be found at kmzahrt.info or on Twitter @KMZahrt.


Rina Caldwell, Contributor
Rina Caldwell was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she likes to dream big and make small waves. She’s a writer, a coffee artist, and a perpetual analyst of her environment, and she knows the street-smart ins and outs of small city life. She spends her time making sure the stories and voices of individuals and groups in her community are heard. Connect with Rina on Twitter @rcaldwem to read her favorite quotes about literature and life.

Jeremy EcclesContributor
Jeremy Eccles is a native Okie, who moved to Michigan in 1999. He is an educator and has been in school for virtually his whole life. He prefers this environment to the real world. Listening to music (largely acoustic), watching obscure (mostly foreign) films, and reading anything written well are some of his pastimes. Jeremy is probably a kinder person than the misanthrope he apes so convincingly.

Katie Heid, Contributor
Katie Heid is a Michigander through-and-through. She is a former disc jockey and television reporter who now spends her time teaching college students the art of writing and public speaking while also raising two active boys. See more from Katie at Heid and Seek — A Journey Through the Messy Stuff of Life.

Kamron Reynolds, Contributor
Kamron Reynolds was born and raised in Ann Arbor. He’s been drawing comic books since he was in elementary school. Influenced by books, music, movies, and pop culture, Kamron has been drawing and writing his own independent comics for the last six years. He attended Eastern Michigan University where he earned a BA in graphic design. With a knack for illustration and design, Kamron has vowed to continue his dream of creating comics people can really sink their teeth into. Visit Kamron on Twitter @KAMKOMICS and on Facebook.

Jason ShaltzContributor
Jason Shaltz is a photographer and director originally from Flint, Michigan. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is a music, cultural, and conceptual visual artist using FOTO, FILM & FX to shape products, visions, and ideas. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @jshaltz and on Facebook at New Flint Inc.

Evan WildeyContributor
Evan Wildey is a born-and-raised Michigander who migrated from the east side to the west side to attend Grand Valley State University. After moving around a bit, he and his wife settled in Grand Rapids and love being a part of the vibrant city community. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University. Evan and his wife are also youth group leaders at Monroe Community Church. He is an avid sports fan and closely follows US Soccer and Michigan sports teams. Visit Evan Wildey on Twitter @EvWildey.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m Super (yes I capitalized that on purpose) excited that you are going to be published! A little sad you never told me in person…and I had to find out via Katie’s facebook via your blog….I’ll let it pass this time friend. Congrats none the less.

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