The Lightkeeper reflects our desire to illuminate and inspire the unseen talent American writers have to showcase. While all compelling works are considered for publication, we the editors share a passion for well-written, distinctive work involving Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Great Lakes region, and the north at large. Work like a lighthouse beam in the offshore darkness: vivid, luminous, striking, and –ultimately – enlightening.
New Sections of the Lightkeeper now Open for Submissions

New Sections of the Lightkeeper now Open for Submissions

The Lightkeeper will now be accepting video files for submission under the sections “Spoken Word Poetry” and “Short Film.” The length of these files should not exceed 10 minutes for spoken word poetry and 15 minutes for short film. We are excited to open up these new forums for visual...
Journals

Journals

 By Kendra Klein               Among all of the things authors have written, their most interesting work would probably be their diary.  Many authors have kept diaries throughout their lifetimes.  Not even authors but famous and ordinary people alike! Journals or diaries have long been records of people’s lives.  In...
Period

Period

By Emily Paliszewski
The Lightkeeper Anthology Print Edition For Sale

The Lightkeeper Anthology Print Edition For Sale

  Our Anthology is still for sale! Brighten your day with the first volume of The Lightkeeper. Find it in the NMU bookstore, or go here to purchase it for $12!
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New Sections of the Lightkeeper now Open for Submissions

New Sections of the Lightkeeper now Open for Submissions

The Lightkeeper will now be accepting video files for submission under the sections “Spoken Word Poetry” and “Short Film.” The length of these files should not exceed 10 minutes for spoken word poetry and 15 minutes for short film. We are excited to open up these new forums for visual creativity and look forward to...
Journals

Journals

 By Kendra Klein               Among all of the things authors have written, their most interesting work would probably be their diary.  Many authors have kept diaries throughout their lifetimes.  Not even authors but famous and ordinary people alike! Journals or diaries have long been records of people’s lives.  In a way, a journal is...
Period

Period

By Emily Paliszewski
Confessions of a Creative Writing Major

Confessions of a Creative Writing Major

By Sara Kiiskila

It seems that every time I mention that my major is creative writing, the first thing everyone asks is: “So you want to be a teacher, right?”
Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

By Hayli Cox

Wet paint wrinkles up thin pages like the skin of an aging woman. A quick stroke of coral forms a sagging smile. Form the strong cheekbones and knowing eyes and you have Marilee, a god-fearing woman with an opinion a little too loud. Paint her brokenhearted...
It's Good

It’s Good

By Thomas Pescatore

A Note from the Editors

A Note from the Editors

After a short break for finals and end-of-semester responsibilities, the Lightkeeper staff has returned to continue bringing great undergraduate work from Northern Michigan University and writers nationwide!
Electron Shells

Electron Shells

by Martha Lundin
Memory

Memory

by Lydia Bishop

It is 3:47 in the morning and I’m mopping the floor at work. When I glance outside I notice that it’s raining. That means that when the morning rush comes people will bring all their wet shoe dirt in with them and I will have to mop again before I leave at six....
Alaskan Two-step

Alaskan Two-step

by Daniel Willbach

They ride out of Boulder on the motorcycle in the early morning, when the earth is wet and the low-lying sun glistens off the meadows. At seventy miles an hour they rip through wisps of fog. They lean into a curve and the cycle hugs the road in a perfect, mindless balance. “I...
A Christmas Song

A Christmas Song

by Rachael Rose

Nat King Cole was playing in the background. Erica had only been home for one day, and she and her older sister were already schlepping twenty large creates out of the attic to decorate for Christmas. Erica loved Christmas. It had always been her favorite time of year. But she wanted to take...
Post-industrial

Post-industrial

by Renee Harden