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 ( 

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.”

ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL is a writer from Grand Rapids who focuses on arts and culture.  Her work provides glimpses of life in Michigan through its people and the places they make home. She lives in Detroit, where she can be found running along the Riverfront or in her backyard reading/scrolling through 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.


HEATHER HIGHAM is a landscape photographer based in Traverse City. Higham spends as much time as she can outdoors. When she’s not editing photos, you can find her on the trail, in the water, or on the slopes - often with camera in hand.

STEVEN HUYSER-HONIG is a fine-art photographer who specializes in Michigan’s natural beauty. He was first captivated by the sight of beaches, sand dunes, lighthouse, farms and forests while vacationing along Lake Michigan as a child.

ADAM KUNSELMAN is a freelance film director and photographer who lives in White Lake. Kunselman enjoy architectural photography as well as landscapes and portraiture.

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.


JOHN McCORMICK is a life-long Michigan resident who lives in Edmore. He specializes in landscape photography and is a contributing photographer to the State of Michigan, Getty Images and dozens of national and state publications.

LESLIE MERTZ is a native Michigander and freelance science and environment writer who enjoys mushroom hunting. Leslie has lived in eight of the state’s counties, stretching from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River.

MARLA R. MILLER is a professional writer and journalist who lives in Norton Shores, where she enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle — camping, hiking, boating, beaching and Lake Michigan sunsets.


LINDA ODETTE is a former newspaper writer and editor. She loves interesting people and interesting stories. 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

BETH PRICE is a Traverse City based outdoor and adventure photographer with a strong affinity for water and the natural environment.


From his Grand Haven home base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, the Pure Michigan campaign, Midwest Living and Spectrum Health, among others. He keeps equally busy as owner of a full-service school and youth sports portrait company.

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

DIANNA STAMPFLER is a freelance writer in Petoskey and regular contributor to Michigan BLUE Magazine. She is president of Promote Michigan.

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter. She’s an experienced sailor and veteran of multiple Mackinac races. A lover of all things related to the water, she divides her time between a home in the Detroit area, a lakefront cottage in mid-Michigan and an ocean front condo in South Carolina. 

JULIE BONNER WILLIAMS is a devotee of nature, history and literature. Julie is an award-winning poet and a professor at Grand Valley State University. She is now working on her first novel. 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.

JENNIFER WOHLETZ is a photographer, writer and independent book publisher who enjoys boats, boating and living on Mackinac Island where she and her daughter have established a business called Mackinac Memories.


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.