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Our team of authors & artists

Sue Allen, Mackinac Island author
Sue Allen
LILACS - A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island  Water Beyond the Bridge, MINDFUL MACKINAC &
The Gardens of Mackinac Island

A lifelong Mackinac Island summer resident, Sue wouldn't trade her beloved island for any place on Earth.  Some of the perennials and common lilacs at her 130-year-old family cottage, Ingleneuk, are out of control, but she is happy to accommodate them. She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. A former journalist and teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, she splits her time between Mackinac and northern Virginia where she resides with her husband and two persnickety cats. 

Jack Barnwell, Mackinac Island author, landscape designer
Jack Barnwell
an introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island &
The Gardens of Mackinac Island 

Jack is an award winning landscape architect and garden designer with vast experience in creating breathtaking commercial and private garden displays on Mackinac Island – one of the world's premier summer vacation destinations – and in Naples, Fla. His work has been featured in several garden magazines and he's a consultant for Proven Winners.

Mark Bearss
TIMELESS - Inside Mackinac Island's Historic Cottages

Mark developed a deep affection for Mackinac Island while hauling luggage as a dock porter during college summer breaks. After graduation, the Michigan native and University of Michgian graduate moved to Minneapolis where he practiced law for 32 years. The first thing he did upon retiring was to pursue his lifelong hobby of photography in earnest. The other major move was to return to Mackinac Island.

His work is featured in magazine articles and books about the island. He captured all of the architectural images in "Timeless" using natural light and his favorite camera: a Sony AR73. Mark resides on Mackinac Island with his wife and enjoys time spent with his two daughters, grandson and stepson.

Victoria Buursma
Triple the Fun on Mackinac Island 

Victoria gave birth to triplet daughters, Josephine, Rosalie and Eleanor, three months premature at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Following their birth, Victoria became a stay-at-home mom as well as an advocate and influencer to help guide new parents through the obstacles of parenting preemies, especially multiples. Victoria has a BA in social work from Eastern Michigan University and lives in Gaylord, Mich., with her daughters, husband and two dogs. They often visit Mackinac Island where her parents are innkeepers. Keep your eyes peeled, you may see her strolling around the island with her daughters in tow. 

Moira Croghan
TIMELESS - Inside Mackinac Island's Historic Cottages

Moira Blodgett Croghan spent every summer on Mackinac in her family’s West Bluff cottage White Birches until she finished graduate school at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.  Mackinac inspired her interest in conservation ecology and environmental restoration.  She became director of statewide water quality field programs in Virginia, overseeing the operations of eight regional offices. In retirement Moira returned to the Island and established Mackinac Revealed LLC, using insider knowledge to educate visitors. In group lectures, walking and bike tours, she describes Island history and lifestyles, cottage architecture, and the Great Lakes environment.  She spends winters in Richmond, Va. where her sons live with their families, especially enjoying her new grandchildren.

Maeve Croghan, Mackinac Island artist
Maeve Croghan
luminescent oil painter
The Essence of Nature

Maeve's innovative interpretations of the nature painting genre have gained her much acclaim. She paints from a deep spiritual connection to the environment thanks to her experience living every summer on Mackinac Island. Maeve has been the recipient of many prestigious juried awards. She splits her time between Mackinac Island and San Francisco and earned a Bachelor of Arts from New College of California.

Alek Cummings, AC-Creatives, llc., Detroit illustrator
Alek Cummings
MINDFUL Mackinac & COLORFUL Mackinac

Alek is known for his minimalistic prints of iconic cars in Detroit and Los Angeles. The graphic designer's work is featured on the shows of Youtuber's Tanner Fox, TJ Hunt, and Dustin Williams. Even though cars are outlawed on the island, Alek has been a fan of the Mackinac since his first visit at 10-years-old. 

Amy Marlatt, Mackinac Island illustrator
Amy Marlatt
MINDFUL Mackinac

The whimsical nature of illustrations and paintings by Amy leave viewers with a sense of fun and adventure. Her work is featured in books and private collections throughout Michigan. She has a colorful studio nestled in the woods of northern Michigan. Amy visits Mackinac often to spend time with her sister. 

Lily Niederpruem, illustrator, painter, Mackinac Island artist
Lily Niederpruem
illustrator, oil painter
COLORFUL Mackinac & Water Beyond the Bridge

Lily grew up spending summers on Mackinac Island. She is an award-winning artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Lily currently lives in Chicago where she is nown for her paintings that explore our perception of the spiritual and physical worlds through time, place and memory.

Mark Wohletz

Mark has called Mackinac Island his summer home since he was 5 years old. For years he played tag in the fields where monarch butterflies flourish. His poetry has been published by the American Library of Poetry and featured in the 2015 Poetry & Art Night Exhibit sponsored by the Village Fine Arts Association in Milford, Mich. Currently, Mark is studying business at Purdue University. 

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Glen Young

Glen first came to Mackinac Island in 1981, and has enjoyed it in every season each year since, where he has worked in hospitality and retail. He has been a house painter and a kayak guide. He writes for the Petoskey News Review, Shoreline Review, and serves as co-director of the Top of the Mitt Writing Project among his many volunteer activities.  Glen’s poetry has been featured in several publications including Beneath the Lilac Canopy, The Gardens of Mackinac Island and LILACS and he serves as associate editor of the Walloon Writers Review. He divides his time between Petoskey and Mackinac Island, where he and his wife, Jane Benjamin Young, live in a house occupied by the Benjamin family since the 1880s. 

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