BLUE “Reflections” columnist JERRY DENNIS lives near Traverse City, where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beachwalking “research.”  His 11th book, “The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes,”is now available in paperback. His first, “Canoeing Michigan Rivers,” long considered the bible of paddling, was released this spring in a completely revised and updated edition (


Based in Grand Rapids and Leelanau County, new BLUE columnists CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their four pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards as well as a State History Award ( 

ALEXANDRA FLUGEL is a writer from Grand Rapids who focuses on arts and culture. Currently, her home is Detroit, where she can be found running along the Riverfront or in her backyard reading Twitter.


BOB GWIZDZ is a Michigan native and career outdoor writer. He served as outdoor editor for Booth Newspapers and now works for the Department of Natural Resources. His work has been featured in many of America’s top hunting and fishing magazines and websites.

TOM HAXBY is an award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer based in Kingsley, his works appear in magazines, books and calendars. He spent fall 2016 as the Artist in Residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To see his work, visit


KIMBERLY WAY JONES is a portrait photographer and marketing specialist who grew up in Charlevoix, she studied modern portraiture and design at Grand Valley State University. Today, she lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and young daughter. View her work at

JEANINE MATLOW is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to national and regional publications, Matlow’s weekly Homestyle column appears in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.


KENDRA STANLEY MILLS is a Muskegon-based photographer and former newspaper photo-journalist. She works in commercial, wedding and portrait realms.

MARLA MILLER is a professional writer and award-winning journalist, Marla lives in Norton Shores. She enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle — camping, hiking, boating and Lake Michigan sunsets. She contributes to a variety of publications. Learn more at

LINDA ODETTE is a former newspaper writer and editor who lives in Ionia. She’s written about dancing dogs, aliens, fancy office chairs and the world-famous St. Patrick’s celebration on Beaver Island.


Regular BLUE Lake Stories illustrator GARY W. ODMARK also created original art for this Winter Issue’s cover. Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, the prolific Holland-based artist’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

JON OSBORN is probably knee deep in a northern trout stream or following his English setter through an alder stand in search of woodcock. Although he insists he was born a century too late, Osborn is grateful to live and write in a region with so many outdoor opportunities.


As the president of Promote Michigan, DIANNA STAMPFLER merges years of print and broadcast media experience with a passion for marketing her home state. She’s been published in every issue of Michigan Blue over the past 10 years. Additional editorial credits include Pure Michigan Travel Ideas. She resides in Petoskey and is finally living her dream of living “Up North.”

JULIE BONNER WILLIAMS is a devotee of nature, history and literature. She lives on the lakeshore with her husband, four horses, four dogs, several organic, free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks, and a mule named Amos.


Michigan artist and new BLUE Reflections contributor GLENN WOLFF provided illustrations for The New York Timesfor 30 years, has illustrated several books by BLUE Reflections columnist and Michigan author Jerry Dennis (including a new paperback edition of “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes”)  and collaborated with writer Robert Sullivan in “AChild’s Christmas in New England,” published October 2013 (