Art through literature

Art through literature

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Heritage haiku winners 2019

Congratulations, Poets!

Congratulations, Poets!

Congratulations, Poets!

Enjoy the following haiku selected for this year's Heritage Haiku contest. Haiku signs were placed around Alpena Thanksgiving weekend and at the 2019 north45east reading. Look for them again next fall during the 2020 Discovery Tour. 

Lisa Fosmo, Escanaba

Congratulations, Poets!

Congratulations, Poets!

oh the bark of trees

thatched delicate as paper

poems of Earths' breath

Helen Hierta, Greenbush

Congratulations, Poets!

Helen Hierta, Greenbush

the great inland sea

pounds its weight against the shore -

a heartbeat of life

Mike Mandrick, Alpena

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

Helen Hierta, Greenbush

Gadwells crashing waves

roiled weeds in feeding time

southern winds calling

Nancy Nelson, Lachine

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

azure canopy

sun bright fair breeze lone sailor

head up jeweled bay

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

early spring morning

light hammered the lake copper

willow weeping green

About Us

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Mission

Susan Lane Bastow

Susan Lane Bastow

The Susan Lane Foundation (SLF) was co-founded by siblings Anne Bastow Heraghty and Joe Bastow in 2013. Its goal is to create and highlight literary events in Northeast Michigan. SLF is committed to honoring community support, growing opportunities for individuals to find their voice, and to celebrating the written word through performance, readings and shared appreciation.

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Susan Lane Bastow

Susan Lane Bastow

Susan Lane Bastow

Susan Lane Bastow, for whom the foundation is named, is the late aunt of the co-founders. She was an artist and a founding member of Art in the Loft in downtown Alpena. Though her primary medium was photography, she explored compositions in a variety of forms: quilting, sewing, graphic arts, writing, food and music. She was accepting, encouraging, tenacious.  It was through her lens that many aspired to pursue the arts. Her passionate commitment to self-expression and tireless support of venues where the arts can be celebrated serves as the inspiration for the foundation's mission.

Contact Us

Get in Touch!

Susan Lane Foundation

203 South Fifth Avenue, Alpena, Michigan 49707, United States

989-464-3229