FCNI Publications


With The Fly Came Near It, you will find a variety of Midwest-themed or Midwest-produced writing. These publications may include full-length books, collections of short stories or essays, and “best of” compilations. To submit your work for consideration, please email a query to TheFlyCameNearIt@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Old Northwest Review (2016)

Old Northwest Review is a literary journal of, from, and aligned with the culture and aesthetic of the Great Lakes region and the greater Midwest. The 2016 issue features an interview with Thomas C. Foster, author of the bestselling book How to Read Literature Like a Professor and the new book Reading the Silver Screen: A Film Lover’s Guide to Decoding the Art Form That Moves.

Print: $12

Fiction from: Chris Dungey, Paul Lewellan, and Rose West. Nonfiction from: Ryan Schnurr and Phillip Sterling. Poetry from: Rita Anderson, Patricia Clark, Cal Freeman, Trenton Heille, David James, David Jibson, Richard Luftig, Herbert Woodward Martin, and Kenneth Pobo.


Championship Run

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Friends Jay, JonD, and Think are forever changed after a shared tragedy sends their lives into a downward spiral of guilt and bad decisions.

Print: $12
E-book: $5.99

Jason Lee Brown is the author of the novel Prowler: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon and is Series Editor of New Stories from The Midwest.



Old Northwest Review (Fall 2015)

Old Northwest Review is a literary journal of, from, and aligned with the culture and aesthetic of the Great Lakes region and the greater Midwest. The Fall 2015 issue features an interview with Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst and co-author of the new book, The People’s Lawyer.

Print: $12

Poetry from: John Abbott, David R. Bowman, Melissa Chichester, KayLee Davis, Mike Finley, Mary Catherine Harper, Janet Ruth Heller, Tory V. Pearman, Kenneth Pobo, R. Elena Prieto, and T.S. Tucker. Fiction from: Scott Atkinson, Kathy Bratkowski, Jason Lee Brown, Sean Gill, Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, Jennifer Porter, Curtis VanDonkelaar, and Matt Young. Nonfiction from: Jon K. Lauck and Phillip Sterling.


Selected Writings from Michiganders Post, Vol. 2, 2014-15

PrintIn this volume, you’ll not only find the best essays on film, food, literature, sports, and travel, but you’ll also find interviews with interesting Michiganders, the top entries to the Second Annual Dickens Christmas Contest, and selections from new series, such as: The Groomzilla Files, Trimming Book-Fat, and Turtle Tries to Travel.

Print: $12

Writing from: Brandon James Anderson, Rina Caldwell, Sean Campbell, Jeremy Eccles, Katie Heid, Pardeep Toor, Evan Wildey, Matthew Wilson, and K.M. Zahrt. Interviews with: David James, Poet; Bridget Salvia, Pastry Chef; and James Quesada, Improv Comic.


My Torn Dance Card

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2016 Indie Book Awards Finalist for Poetry

With his third book of poetry, David James offers a tribute to all of the loss and love contained in one fully lived life, painting a complex picture of the human experience. My Torn Dance Card is a rich and varied collection that explores the spectrum of emotions surrounding aging and mortality.

Print: $12
E-book: $5.99

David James has published two previous books of poetry. His second book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award. He currently teaches at Oakland Community College in Michigan.


Old Northwest Review (Fall 2014)

ONR 001 - Sepia Cover 2 - FrontOld Northwest Review is a literary journal that specializes in publishing poetry and prose that is of, from, and aligned with the culture and aesthetic of the Great Lakes region and the greater Midwest. The first issue includes interviews with Emmy® Award-winning actor and native Michigander, Jeff Daniels, and award-winning poet and author of An Instrument for Leaving, Monika Zobel.

Print: $12

The inaugural issue of Old Northwest Review includes poetry and prose by: Colin Clancy, Michael Collins, Kenneth P. Gurney, David James, Katie Kalisz, Steve Klepetar, Dan Morris, Rachel Mills, Richard King Perkins II, Thomas Zimmerman, and others.


Selected Writings from Michiganders Post, Vol. 1, 2013-14


Selected Writings from Michiganders Post, Vol. 1, 2013-14 draws from posts published on Michiganders Post through June 30, 2014, and features more than 30 of the best essays on film, food, literature, music, sports, travel, and more.

Print: $12

This collection contains selected writings by: Brandon James Anderson, Jeremy Eccles, Kelly Flynn, Katie Heid, Sarah Laue, Dennis Lazar, Shannon Roe-Butler, Evan Wildey, Stephanie Wildey, and K.M. Zahrt.



I’ve Had Bigger and Other Things My Wife Said

I've Had Bigger Cover Art (3.13)Did you ever want to prank your wife everyday, write about the results, and publish them online without her knowledge? That’s exactly what Jeff Rice did in 2011. Now, the popular blog series is available as a book for the first time ever, revised and updated with an all-new conclusion from the author. Don’t miss how this prank ends.

Print: $10
E-book: $4.99

Jeff Rice was voted “Most Likely to Star in a Movie” his senior year of high school. That was the first of many times that he failed to live up to expectations. Jeff currently lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Ella, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where he is a part-time writer, a part-time graphic designer, and a part-time googler.


Thanksgiving with Pop-Pop

Thanksgiving_with_Pop-Pop 500Tommy Tyler asks his eccentric grandfather, Pop-Pop, to tell stories at the Thanksgiving table. Against the wishes of Tommy’s mother and grandmother, Pop-Pop dishes out four tales not suitable for a young boy nor reverent for Thanksgiving conversation. He tells of the town’s people acting greedily and jealously, committing crimes and adultery, and attempting suicide.

Print: $8
E-book: $3.99

K.M. Zahrt lives and writes in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He is the author of the novel Odd Man Outlaw (WordCrafts Press, 2014). He is a senior editor at The Fly Came Near It.



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