Aired 2018-5-15: Dana M. Hudson is unapologetically black and queer. She is known on stage as Great Dane, is a member of the Retort United National Slam Team, coming out of Grand Rapids, MI. She released her self-published book Testimony in May 2017 and since has been featured throughout Southwest Michigan. She is the host of For The Good Open Mic every third Thursday in Kalamazoo, Mi, which is designed to showcase people and groups doing good in the community.
Aired 2018-4-17: Zach Clementz is a personal care assistant at David's House Ministries, an adult foster care home just southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Recently, he has been enjoying teaching Art Workshops for the residents at David's House, covering a broad curriculum. His free time, Zach likes skateboarding but, yes, this fixation is slowly being matched (hopefully not replaced) by a love for poetry. He has been published in two productions of the Cornerstone University Literary Magazine, Feathers and Leaves (2011) and The Makeshift Review (2014) as well as the Autumn 2017 issue of The 3288 Review. Zach is a long-time fan of WYCE and, as of 2015, has now entered the station in his radio presets after missing out on prime Chick Corea tickets.
Aired 2018-4-10: Kristin Brace writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin and Each Darkness Inside (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Brace earned an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and her work has appeared in journals such as Fiction Southeast, The Louisville Review, Water~Stone, The Chariton Review, and The Other Journal. She serves as executive director of the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center, where kids become published authors. Brace plays the accordion, studies Italian, and loves Lake Michigan in every season. She makes her home in West Michigan with her husband, the entrepreneur and inventor Neal Brace. She can be found online at www.kristinbrace.com.
Aired 2018-3-13: D. R. James is the author of the poetry collections If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press 2017) and Since Everything Is All I’ve Got (March Street Press 2011) and five chapbooks, including most recently Why War (2014) and Split-Level (2016) both from Finishing Line Press. Poems and prose have appeared in various journals, such as Caring Magazine, Coe Review, Diner, Dunes Review, Friends of William Stafford Newsletter, Galway Review, HEArt Online, Hotel Amerika, North Dakota Quarterly, Passager, Rattle, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Sycamore Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle, and anthologies, including Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley) and Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry (New Issues). James lives in Saugatuck, Michigan, and has been teaching writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College for 32 years. amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage
Aired 2018-2-20: W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor 2014) and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic 2018). His recent poems and prose can be seen in The Normal School, Barrelhouse, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus and many other places. A Kundiman fellow, he is co-editor of Waxwing magazine and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he teaches at Grand Valley State University. Amorak Huey, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is author of the poetry collections Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and Boom Box (Sundress, forthcoming in 2019) as well as the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018) and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University.
Aired 2018-1-16:Bryce is a poet from Detroit whose main goal is to make poetry interesting for people new to the art. He started writing as a kid but didn’t consider himself a “real poet” until he was in college. Bryce quickly got nicknamed “The Hype Man” in his poetry clubs because of his energetic stage presence and effort to get less experienced poets comfortable getting on the mic. He works as a bureau reporter in Grand Rapids and is working on his first book of poems tentatively titled Black Boy Fly. You can catch him at open mics around the city. Just say hi, he’s pretty darn approachable.
Aired 2018-1-2: Cullen McCurdy was born on July 3rd, 1992. Historians generally agree this is where the trouble started, with a rapid escalation upon his discovery of talking, then swords. In the years since, Cullen graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and enhanced word-warfare capabilities. He acquires medieval and Renaissance death-implements at a steady rate, but will not be contented with his collection until swords occupy every spare piece of furniture in his home. Cullen normally introduces himself as a prose writer, and his biggest projects are high fantasy and science fantasy novels. Even so, he's developed a keen appreciation for the lessons poetry offers in imagery, playing with language, and every Aspergian's bane: brevity. His poetry focuses on personal issues he feels others find difficult to take seriously when offered in a prose format, or observations about societal idiosyncrasies he sometimes feels others take for granted. They range from an Autistic individual's feeling of displacement in a neurotypical world to a born nerd's desire to separate his sword obsession from that of every other nerd. Cullen currently lives in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a bevy of roommates and one extremely demanding cat.
Aired 2017-12-12: Born at Zeeland Hospital but raised in Grand Rapids MI, Rob Cole aka Bobby Life is a grateful father, poet, writer, and friend. He is the owner of The We Care Services Project LLC & KidsLoveUs.net. Bobby is a Spiritual/Political Poet here to spread a positive and real message of the relationship with The Creator of Life and the struggle that the world plays in our lives. He loves his city and hopes that one day he can help build this city with the talents God has given him. He loves Stella's Lounge on Mondays and the hookah lounge on Wednesdays for open mic. He has music posted on SoundCloud, and his poetry book and album are forthcoming. He appreciates everyone that tries to achieve and supports someone's dreams. Thank You, Much Love, Stay Blessed.
Aired 2017-11-28: Sam Stebbins is a poet from Grand Rapids, Michigan. A recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, Sam enjoys listening to punk music, wearing turtlenecks, and volunteering at the Creative Youth Center. Her poems have appeared in The 3288 Review, formercactus, Cease, Cows, and elsewhere.
Aired 2017-10-24: Marie Milzarski, age 12, is now a 7th grader at Grand Rapids Public Museum School (a theme school of the Grand Rapids Public School District). Since the age of three, she has deemed herself an artist and plans to pursue a professional career as one. She regularly experiments with a wide range of art forms from writing to drawing, sculpting, mixed-media, and fabric/textile arts. She also designs and hand-sews costumes for her dolls and stuffed dog, Nelson (who has his own Facebook page at Where Is Nelson?). Marie loves innovation, invention, and creative engineering projects. She enjoys swimming, biking, and being out in nature. Obsessed with Lego Ninjago, she aspires to be a "butterfly ninja with a side-kick cat."