Art through literature

About Us

Mission

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.

north45east

Our fifth north45east poetry reading is happening July 28, 2018 at Art in the Loft! We are thrilled to have the following award-winning poets sharing their work this year:

Robert Fanning

Dennis Hinrichsen

David James

Christina Kallery

Marc Sheehan

Keith Taylor

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Loft or secured by emailing us using the form below. Books will be available for purchase, refreshments served and a cash bar offered. Join us!

Contact Us

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Susan Lane Foundation

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

989-464-3229