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.
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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...
Rattling Stone

Rattling Stone

by Abbegail Hoye
Sister For Sale

Sister For Sale

by Rachel Lingard-Smith

They had cardboard boxes, some of them, or else a pair of candy-colored plastic lawn chairs and a sheet of poster board advertising their wares in unsteady lettering. The lucky few had plywood-and-spare-nails booths, hammered together by indulgent fathers. They waited eagerly in driveways or the straw-colored grass of front lawns,...

The Stocking

The Stocking

by Ashley Ede

I sing quietly to myself while I play with my manger set. It’s a perfect set, complete with a perfect Mary, a perfect Joseph and a perfect baby Jesus, wrapped in his white blanket. A perfect family for me to play with. A perfect family for me to control.

Waking Up Alone

Waking Up Alone

by Kathryn Buhrmann

She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally decided to walk through the door. The exit was comfortable, safe, but the consultation office was ready for her. It couldn’t hurt just to see what my options are.

Out of Polonia

Out of Polonia

by Steve Prusky

Stan and Celina were reared fenced inside the Polonian hamlet of Hamtramck on Andrus Street. Pole Town, as Hamtramck residents call it, is a two square mile Lilliputian burg darkened by the Gulliver sized shadow of Detroit.

IN dreams i'm MAD, have VISIONS

IN dreams i’m MAD, have VISIONS

by Thomas Pescatore Jr.
Balancing the Books

Balancing the Books

by Michelle Ornat
Babies

Babies

by Michelle Ornat
An Owner's Manual for the Care and Maintenance of Household Robots

An Owner’s Manual for the Care and Maintenance of Household Robots

by Corrine Pratt

When the box arrives, the house is relatively quiet. Mr. Braxton is seated at the kitchen table, reading the newspaper. Mrs. Braxton is in the study, doing paperwork. And Sarah Braxton is, as usual in the garden.