Writing at the Ledges  | Mid-Michigan Authors & Poets


May 19-June 8, 2014

At LeavenWATL Poet and Essayist, Rosalie Sanara Petrouske will be the Artist-in-Residence in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park from May 19- June 8.  She will be reading from new work that is written during her stay in Dan’s Cabin.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, Michigan, is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by this unique northern wilderness setting. It offers writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the “Porkies” and express it through their particular art form. For more information, visit http://porkies.org/artist-in-residence/or email AIRP@porkies.org.

August 7, 2013

Join WATL Members Shelby Pontius and Lansing author and story teller Joan Fairey reading Jim Wiljanen’s short fiction in the garden at the Grand Ledge Public Library this Thursday night from 6-7 p.m. during Authors in the Garden. For more information, check out the Lansing State Journal story.

August 2, 2013

Writing at the Ledges will have copies of their books available at the 40th Annual Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge on Saturday, August 3 from 10-5:00 p.m., including their newest anthology “Voices from the Ledges,” poetry by Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Randy D. Pearson’s novel “Driving Crazy,” and children’s author Judith Wade (aka Lori Hudson) Secret of Mermaid Island trilogy. We hope to see you there!

July 15, 2013:


Come out to the Grand Ledge District Library this Thursday night, July 18 from 6-7 p.m. to hear some awesome poetry by Ashtyn Rapp and Rosalie Sanara Petrouske. The event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and family. We meet in the library garden.



Lori_HudsonCome out to the Grand Ledge District Library next Thursday, July 11, for Children and Youth night. Children’s author Judith Wade (aka Lori Hudson) will be reading from her novel Faelen: The Horse from the Sea and The Secret of Mermaid Island. There will also be a children’s take-home activity. The event takes place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.




Authors in the Garden_LorI and RosalieRosalie  Petrouske and Lori Hudson were the first of the Writing at the Ledges group that participated in the Grand Ledge Public Library’s Authors in the Garden Event on Thursday, June 13, and it was a great success. “We loved bringing our stories to the public in such a lovely setting as the Grand Ledge Public Library garden,” says Petrouske, who writes poetry and short stories. “It was a great event and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did,” added Hudson.

The next Authors in the Garden event featuring a WATL author will be Thursday, June 28. Randy Pearson will read from his book, Driving Crazy. The program begins at 6pm and ends at 7pm. While you’re in downtown Grand Ledge, you can check out the Music in the Park immediately following.



June 10, 2013:


Many of the authors of Writing at the Ledges newest anthology, Voices from the Ledges, will read and discuss their works at the Grand Ledge District Library as part of the library’s Authors in the Garden series. Rosalie Sanara Petrouske, Randy Pearson, Colleen Nye-Shunk, Ashtyn Rapp, Abe Khan, Liz Wilson, and Lori Hudson, both as herself and her alter-ego, children’s author Judith Wade, will present at different times throughout the summer season. For specific dates and times, click on the following link, which will take you to the latest Lansing State Journal story about the series, complete with schedule of events.

LSJ Story about Authors in the Garden

May 1, 2013


Local short fiction, poetry, and essay authors will gather on Saturday, June 1 at Everybody Reads, 2019 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing, to celebrate the release of Voices from the Ledges, the third anthology published by the group, Writing at the Ledges. Many of the more than 20 authors represented in the anthology will be on hand at the kick-off party between Noon and 3:00 p.m. for book signings as well as selected readings of their works.

Published by Riley Press, Voices from the Ledges is a showcase for authors not only from Grand Ledge, where the group meets monthly, but also from Lansing and Mid-Michigan towns such as DeWitt, Bath, Holt, Mason, Diamondale, and Eagle. Many of the authors also appeared in the group’s first two anthologies, Small Towns: A Map in Words in 2008 and Seasons of Life in 2010.

Writing at the Ledges is a loose-knit group of short story writers, novelists and poets that began meeting in Grand Ledge in 2005 to share their creative efforts and receive feedback and encouragement from each other. The group’s numbers have grown since then, reflecting a diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and politics, and ages ranging from late teens to beyond 90.

Sept 20, 2012

The Save the Independent Bookstore contest and party were both a rousing, fun-filled success!

The winners:

• First place ($150): Terry Palczewski of East Lansing for “Refuge.”

• Second Place ($100): Will Forgrave of Jackson for “ ’Till it be Morrow.”

• Third Place ($35): Craig Gunn of Okemos for “Nathan.”

These pieces will be included in the upcoming anthology Voices from the Ledges, due out before the end of the year.

Click here for articles and TV news coverage surrounding the event.

July 30, 2012

With only two days left in the Save the Independent Bookstore writing contest, 1st prize is set at $150, and the 2nd prize is currently at $30. Keep ’em coming, folks!

July 2, 2012

We just received our 10th entry into the Save the Independent Bookstore writing contest! That means we’ve reached the $50 mark for the first prize, so every additional entry will now raise the winner’s pot by $5!

To read about the latest contest info, please visit our Facebook Contest page by clicking here.

June 22, 2012

Randy Pearson went on WLNZ radio, 89.7FM, twice this week to promote the Save the Independent Bookstore Writing Contest.
Click here to listen to either of these fun shows

June 1, 2012

The contest already has its first bit of press. Click here to read the Lansing State Journal article by Mark Mayes.

The “Save the Independent Bookstore” writing contest is officially underway!
Click here for details…

March 15, 2012

This month’s WatL meeting has been postponed from the usual 3rd Saturday of the month (3/17) to the following Saturday, 3/24… same place (Ledge Craft Lane), same time (11am). This is due to the St Patrick’s parade in downtown Grand Ledge.

Also… The 25th “A Rally of Writers” conference is set for Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the LCC West Campus. Keynote speaker this year is …

Loren D. Estleman

“Writing is the Best Revenge”

For more details, please visit their website… www.arallyofwriters.com

November 6, 2011

LCC Homecoming Week – Library Alumni Authors Book Signing

Lori Hudson, Rosalie Petrouske, and Randy Pearson have been invited to a very special Homecoming Week celebration for Lansing Community College. These three are among the thirteen current or former LCC students to be on hand, to showcase their books and sign copies.

This event will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the
LCC Library – Technology and Learning Center (TLC) – 2nd Floor
Lansing Community College Campus
400 North Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933

For more information, please visit the LCC Homecoming web page by clicking here.

July 24, 2011

We received a full page article in this week’s Grand Ledge Independent, about the group and Seasons of Life. Several of us were mentioned and/or quoted. A very nice read! You can check it out here.

April 25, 2011
Rosalie Petrouske and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler were on Lansing Online News/WLNZ radio today, talking about WatL and Seasons, among other things. Here is a link to the podcast.

March 25, 2011

Rosalie Petrouske and Randy Pearson were on the radio today! They did an interview for WLNZ 89.7FM, on the morning show called the Coffee Break, speaking about Seasons of Life and Writing at the Ledges.

Click here to listen to their 8 minute interview

March, 2011

It’s been a busy month. Seasons of Life is now in its second printing, and we received two favorable reviews from local papers in the last week. First came one from Bill Castanier in the City Pulse on March 9, followed by Ray Walsh’s review in the Lansing State Journal on March 20.

January, 2011

Seasons of Life, our highly anticipated second anthology, is here! Check out all the information by clicking here.

July, 2010
We have winners in the Writing at the Ledges Seasons of Life writing contest.  Since we had so many worthy entrants, we decided to crown two winners, one in poetry and one in story/essay.

Congratulations to Melissa Cook for her story entitled An Eternity Later, and Robert Nelson for his poem The Signs of Spring!

Look for both pieces to be included in our upcoming anthology Seasons of Life.

December 2, 2009
Ray Walsh wrote a wonderful, extremely thorough review for the Lansing State Journal today. Not only did he give Small Towns a glowing endorsement, but it appears he mentioned all of us by name.
Click here for a link to the LSJ article

Here is where we will list any upcoming book signing events for any of our anthologies or authors, including Small Towns and Pets Across America.
Click here for upcoming book signing events

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