Art through literature


Community reading

November 21, Black Sheep in Alpena

Like any song with a good hook, poetry performed live is catchy.  Get in the groove with us as community members share original poems and/or those from favorite authors that celebrate the power of MUSIC!

Joe Bastow

Anne Bastow Heraghty

Justin Christensen-Cooper

Griffin James

Jessica Luther

Brian Schorn

Todd Wozniak

Scheduled readers begin at 6:30 pm. After, we will offer 30 minutes for Open Mic*. Free and open to the public. Full bar and menu will be available. Come early, stay late!

*Open Mic performers will be limited to 5 minutes each.

Heritage haiku winners

Congratulations, Poets!

Enjoy the following haiku selected for this year's Heritage Haiku contest. Haiku signs will be placed around Alpena Thanksgiving weekend and next fall during the 2020 Discovery Tour. 

Lisa Fosmo, Escanaba

oh the bark of trees

thatched delicate as paper

poems of Earths' breath

Helen Hierta, Greenbush

the great inland sea

pounds its weight against the shore -

a heartbeat of life

Mike Mandrick, Alpena

Gadwells crashing waves

roiled weeds in feeding time

southern winds calling

Nancy Nelson, Lachine

azure canopy

sun bright fair breeze lone sailor

head up jeweled bay

Jill Marcusse, Grand Rapids

early spring morning

light hammered the lake copper

willow weeping green

About Us



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.

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.

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Susan Lane Foundation

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