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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) welcomes 2016’s September Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Phillip Sterling, a Michigan author currently working and living in Lowell, MI. Mr. Sterling is the author of In Which Brief Stories Are Told (short fiction, Wayne State University Press Made in Michigan Series), Mutual Shores (poetry, New Issues), and four chapbook length series of poems, the most recent of which, And for All This (Ridgeway Press 2015) is a selection of poetry generated as Artist-In-Residence for Isle Royale National Park in 2014. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Lectureships, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His story “kidnappingtax.blogspot.gov” was winner of the 2015 Monstrosities of the Midway contest and his entry “Angels, We Have Heard” won the 3rd Annual Dickens Christmas Fiction contest, sponsored by Michiganders Post. Since his retirement from Ferris State University in 2013, Sterling has taken an active role in Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit based in Grand Rapids.
On Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Sterling will present a workshop. This 1-1/2-hour workshop is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Tweddle farmhouse on Stormer Road (1.8 miles south of Empire on M-22, turn right on Stormer Road; the farmhouse is on the left.)
The National Lakeshore has sponsored the AIR program since 1993, and it is open, through competition, to American writers, composers, and visual artists whose work can be influenced and enhanced by the outstanding features that are protected by the National Park Service and enjoyed by millions of visitors year after year. In exchange for the opportunity to live in the park for a short period, Artists-In-Residence donate an original piece of art to the park, interact with visitors while conducting their craft, and offer at least one public presentation of their work in a formal setting. There are only two sessions (September and October) available each year. Visit Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes for details.