Just as my brother and I have found a surprising wealth of talented writers in Michigan’s history, I’ve accumulated a list of current Michigan writers and poets of distinction.

One of them is Alison Swan.  Also a dogged advocate for protecting the place known as Saugatuck Dunes, Alison edited the award winning Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes.

What caught my attention last week was Alison’s essay, now over 5 years old, on how she and husband David became leaders in the Saugatuck Dunes campaign, which continues. It’s one of the best accounts of citizen activism I’ve read.  But all of Alison’s work meets a high standard.