Rally Homepage 2022

A big Thank You to all the presenters and volunteers who helped put on A Rally of Writers 2022– and especially to all who came and participated in the event to make it such a success! Let’s do it again next year!

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Rally Presenters for 2022

Doug Stanton, Keynote ● Doug is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Horse Soldiers, the basis for the 2018 movie titled 12 Strong; and In Harm’s Way, the definitive account of the WWII cruiser USS Indianapolis, which was required for US Naval officers. Doug has appeared on national TV and radio, including the Today Show,  CNN,  Discovery, A&E, History Channel, NPR, PBS, and NBC Nightly News, to talk about the USS Indianapolis, as well as Vietnam and The Odyssey of Echo Company. He is the 2020 recipient of the Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award presented annually by Rutgers University. .  dougstanton.com

Ruelaine Stokes ● Ruelaine Stokes is a writer, teacher, performance artist, and arts organizer based in Lansing, Michigan. She gives poetry readings, lectures, and workshops on poetry, spoken word and creative writing. For many years, she has been a major force on the Lansing arts scene as a poet, spoken word artist, coordinator of the Old Town Poetry Series, and now president of the Lansing Poetry Club. In addition to her experience as a performer and writer, Ruelaine has worked for many years teaching English literature, Poetry, Women’s History and Writing. A collection of her poetry, Jar of Plenty, was published in December 2021. 


Erin Bartels ● The award-winning author of We Hope for Better ThingsThe Words Between UsAll That We Carried, and The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water, Erin has also published poetry and short stories. A part of the book publishing industry for 20 years, Erin is a professional copywriter and a freelance developmental editor. She also teaches writing workshops at retreats and conferences. erinbartels.com

Dayna Edwards ● With over 25 years as a producer, voice talent, and television/radio host, Dayna has interviewed actors, authors, community leaders, sports figures, and CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies.

Laura Holmes ● Author, adventurer, biker, hiker, skier, paddler, and yogi, Laura is also co-owner of FineLine Creative, a west Michigan digital marketing company. Her first book, I’ve Gotta Pack (2011), led her to blog about her active adventures. Her second, Travel Light, is a motivational memoir that will inspire readers to take the trip and find better life, work, and play balance. In her adventure travel blog, discover trip destinations, tips, adventure, and twists/turns that will make you laugh.

Will Langford ● Will Langford, a Detroit native, is a poet, educator, and Fulbright scholar. He divides his energy between education, art, and community development projects in Michigan, the U.S., and across the globe. 

Langford’s forthcoming chapbook of poetry, Detroit: Workers, Teachers, Lovers is the winner of the Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award.

Visit www.WillThePoet.com for more info & more poetry!

Aliza Mann ● Aliza Mann is a hybrid author of contemporary and paranormal romance from Michigan. She splits her time between her extremely loud characters, baking, her kids, and grandchild. She is currently a member of Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. alizamannauthor.com

Monica McFawn ● A writer, comedian, artist, and poet, Monica teaches fiction and scriptwriting at Northern Michigan University. Her short story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, her comedy writing has been staged at Second City, and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. She is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature. monicamcfawn.com

Dan Mishkin ● Dan has written comics for over 40 years, working in many genres for a variety of publishers. Known for the humorous touch he brings to much of his work, he is a co-creator of the comics series Blue Devil, Creeps, and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, and a co-founder of the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival. 

Amy Olle ● Amy Olle is a USA Today bestselling author of new adult and contemporary romance novels. She enjoys putting her psychology degrees to good use writing emotional, redemptive love stories filled with beautifully flawed characters, cozy settings, and oodles of hot sex. amyolle.com

Linda Peckham ● A retired LCC English professor, Linda has had articles published in Michigan History, Historical Society of Greater Lansing, TETYC journal, Controlled Burn, and many others. She also co-authored Saw Mills and Sleigh Bells, creative nonfiction stories of mid-Michigan pioneers for children, and wrote The Pocket Hotline, a guidebook for writers. She is a co-founder of Rally. peckhammorris@yahoo.com

Lev Raphael ● The author of 27 books in genres from memoir to mystery, Lev has done hundreds of talks and invited readings from his work on three different continents, and his fiction and nonfiction has been translated into fifteen languages. He teaches creative writing online and edits manuscripts at writewithoutborders.com levraphael.com

Anne Stanton ● Anne Stanton is a cofounder, board member, and former executive director of the National Writers Series, a nonprofit that engages nationally renowned authors in onstage conversations in Traverse City and promotes youth literacy. Anne is also a founding partner of Mission Point Press, where she serves as editorial director. MPP supports independent publishers with editorial services, including editing, ghostwriting, design, agent queries and book proposals, and marketing. Before founding Mission Point Press, Anne worked as an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. . missionpointpress.com

Julian K. Van Dyke ● “Does This Make You A Bully?” is a book about the different ways bullying is in our societies around the world and the hurtful and disrespectful feelings we get from it. A very important subject matter that’s illustrated in a way that our youth will enjoy and those that are “open-minded” and young at heart as well.

Writer, painter, and actor – Julian K. Van Dyke

Julian K. Van Dyke the actor has been on stage in several theater productions: “Bus Stop”, “Cobb”, “Bud, Not Buddy”, “Sweat” – all in the comfort of Riverwalk Theater located in his hometown of Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan.

Julian K. Van Dyke the painter, muralist has completed commissioned art murals on walls of his hometown in addition to being shown at Agora Gallery in the art district of Manhattan, and recently at the sold-out Red Dot art show in the Mana Wynwood art district of Miami, Florida.

Julian Van Dyke the writer has authored books, “The Music We Call Jazz”, “The Things We Do At My School”, “Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom”, “Does This Make You A Bully?”, in addition to releasing his fun imagery, “So You Think You Can Color?” – a coloring book for all ages. Finding time to visit schools and talk to students, feels that “art is strengthened when it’s shown and given to our youth.”

Jeff Vande Zande ● Jeff teaches fiction writing, screenwriting, and film production at Delta College in Michigan. His award-winning short films have been accepted over 200 times in national and international film festivals. In 2012, his novel American Poet won a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan. In 2020, Whistling Shade Press released his new collection, The Neighborhood Division: Stories, and in 2022, Montag Press will release his new dystopian novel, Falling Sky. He maintains a blog at www.authorjeffvandezande.blogspot.com 

Michael Zadoorian ● Michael is the author of four novels, The Leisure Seeker (also a 2018 film), Beautiful Music, Second Hand and The Narcissism of Small Differences and a story collection, The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. He is a Kresge Arts Fellow and holds two Michigan Notable Book Awards, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the GLIBA Great Lakes Reads Award, and many others. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals. michaelzadoorian.com

Read past presenter bios and  interviews, plus view Rally forms in PDF format, on the Archives page

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