Creative Writing

Short-story writing contest open to authors of all ages

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music, and Herrick District Library announce the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year. Stories can be submitted at through Nov. 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth […]

Book publishing just the beginning of MMCC student’s dreams

Book publishing just the beginning of MMCC student’s dreams

Laker Current staff report A longtime dream of Mid Michigan Community College freshman Kailyn Raphael came true in 2013 when she became a published author. Sure, the book was self-published on and not all her thoughts were presented exactly as she would have liked, but she finished the job. One more dream accomplished. That […]


By Courtney Bles The vision before you, something you would never have thought of had brought you here. To this place … this clearing in the woods, with him. The fire crackles and springs to life, dazzling your eyes like nothing you have ever seen before. He stands there against the darkening sky, the fire […]

Poems by Kailyn Raphael

(The following poems were written by Kailyn Raphael, a freshman at MMCC. She is studying visual arts and has been writing short stories and poetry since childhood.) Springtime Day Springtime is the kind of season for flowers to start blooming, rivers and lakes start flowing with life, the sun melts the ice away, the snow […]