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.
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...
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 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....
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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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
Spring Sprinkles

Spring Sprinkles

by Mark Nenadov
Simon

Simon

By Daniel Davis

Too many thoughts entered Leslie's mind at that moment for her to make sense of them all. Her kids, of course. What Todd would say; would he worry or get angry? The repair bills they didn't need. The condition of the other driver. Her own condition only came...
No Ink is Bad Ink

No Ink is Bad Ink

by Mackenzie Myers

It began with my intro to literature class, waaaay back in winter semester of freshman year. I started out having never analyzed a text. I read voraciously throughout high school and childhood, but I’d never written a literary analysis.
Are E-Books Killing “Real” Books?

Are E-Books Killing “Real” Books?

by Amanda Allard

Ever since the e-book started to become popular there have been people worrying about it making the traditional book obsolete. The worry is that people will start choosing their Kindles and Nooks over paperbacks and hardcovers, but personally, I’m not worried at all.
The Benefits of Fanfiction

The Benefits of Fanfiction

by Sara Kiiskila

The first thoughts that go through my mind when I finish a new book, or even a book that I’ve read many times before, are: “Well…. What happens next?”, or “I wish the author had gone into more detail about so-and-so”. The idea that I may never find out when I’ve invested...
On Good Books

On Good Books

by Joseph Bishop

As one could imagine, working at the NMU Bookstore this past couple of weeks has been more than a little chaotic. I feel as if for the week preceding and the last two weeks following the start of classes I have been on autopilot, and only vaguely aware that life exists beyond my...
Rattling Stone

Rattling Stone

by Abbegail Hoye