M. CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards and a State History Award.

JERRY DENNIS is a renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist. He lives near Traverse City where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.” Author of 11 books, Jerry’s articles and essays have run in more than 100 publications.

AMY ECKERT is  an award-winning travel writer based in Holland. She has traveled the globe and contributed to numerous travel books. Amy is the author of two guidebooks to Detroit, the most recent is “Easy Detroit Outdoors.” She is the past president of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. Find her at amyeckert.com.


LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER is a nationally-known journalist and author of eight books who blogs daily at lynnegolodner.com. She writes about how people find meaning in the mundane. Lynne lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, with her husband and four children.

BOB GWIZDZ is a Michigan native, an avid sportsman and career outdoor writer. Bob is a regular contributor to BLUE and other publications around the state. Recently retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Bob has more time to enjoy the pursuits he loves. Bob lives with his wife Judy in East Lansing.


COREENE KREISER is a commercial photographer, art photographer and yoga instructor. She is drawn to beauty and emotions behind a scene. She graduated from Western Michigan University’s fine art photography program in 2002 and shoots family and wedding portraits, too. She lives on a Traverse City farm with her husband and son.

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. Jeanine regularly writes about homes and home décor for BLUE.

LESLIE MERTZ is a freelance science writer and environmental educator who has lived in eight Michigan counties, from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives Up North with her husband in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River.


JOHNSTON M. MITCHELL is an independent writer, who lives in Leland, with his wife Brenda and their two children, Johnston currently is developing a memoir about his experiences with building free and independent media as part of the democratization process in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.

MARLA R. MILLER is a professional writer and award-winning journalist who lives in Norton Shores where she enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle - camping, hiking, boating, beaching and Lake Michigan sunsets. She enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and regularly contributes to a variety of publications and is grateful to write for a living. See marlarmiller.com.


GARY W. ODMARK is renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes and beautiful color illustrations, Gary creates the visual poetry that accompanies BLUE’s State of Mine and other columns. The Holland-based artist’s fine limited-edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at gwodmark.com.

KIM SCHNEIDER has explored nearly every corner of Michigan as a travel writer and photographer in her continual search of adventure, wildlife, great food and great light. A long-time journalist and former magazine writing instructor,  Kim works as a freelance writer and editor from a home base in Michigan's Leelanau County.


KEN SCOTT is well-known for his dramatic outdoor photography capturing those striking moments on natural landscapes and in nature. He lives in Suttons Bay where he enjoys a lifestyle that often finds him outdoors in his element. Find him at kenscottphotography.com.

JOHN SOBCZAK is an award-winning photographer and book author whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and USA Today along with local and regional publications. He lives in Bloomfield with his wife Jackie and daughter, Alex and teaches at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.


DIANNA STAMPFLER is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Michigan Blue. Dianna lives in Walloon Lake these days, fulfilling her dram of living “Up North.” Dianna travels all over the state writing about her finds. She is the president of promotemichigan.com.

KENDRA STANLEY MILLS is an award-winning photojournalist and former newspaper photographer based in Muskegon. She works in commercial, wedding and portrait realms. She claims the buttons on her camera give her pause. We don’t believe it.  See her work at kendrastanleymills.com.


CHUCK WARREN is a licensed captain and freelance boating writer in Grandville. He  grew up on the New Jersey shore and spent 20 plus years working in the marine industry. He met his wife Lanie while operating a sunset cruise and followed her back to Michigan where he has fallen for the Great Lakes. To learn more about him, visit michigancaptain.com.

MEGAN WESTERS is a freelance writer and editor living in Jackson. Megan has written for a variety of publications about lifestyle, politics, food, wine and travel. She is the digital marketing manager for a winery and enjoys camping, being outdoors, tea and her dachshund, Oakley.


GLENN WOLFF is a Northern Michigan artist and regular BLUE Reflections contributor Wolff illustrated for the New York Times for 30 years and has collaborated on several books with Michigan author Jerry Dennis.