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Kathleen Stocking has received many writing awards, including a three-year writer-in-residence award in her village through the Michigan Council for the Arts. She has received writing awards from the Biederman Foundation, ArtServe Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. She was appointed by the William James Foundation to teach writing in the California prisons and, as part of this, taught the most violent inmates in the San Francisco Jail and her students’ work was air on KQED, the NPR affiliate in the Bay Area.

Kathleen has written for Detroit Monthly, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, Quill Magazine, the Denver Post, the Magazine of the Detroit Athletic Club, the Grand Rapids Press, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Lake Country Gazette, the Northern Express, and the Glen Arbor Sun.

She has traveled, studied and taught in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, England, Holland, Turkey, Thailand and Romania. She served two tours in the Peace Corps of the United States. She’s the daughter of Michigan naturalist, Pierce Stocking, after whom is named the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Click on the PDF link below for the new short story by Kathleen Stocking…
Looking for God’s Infinite Plan in the Footprints of Wolves


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Kathleen Stocking's first book of essays in 1991, Letters from the Leelanau, is about her village.



Stocking's second book of essays in 1994, Lake County, is about her state.


The Long Arc of the Universe – Travels Beyond the Pale, published in 2015, attempts to understand the larger world in relationship to Michigan's remote and beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.



Gathering Light, 2019, is a collection of essays focused on democracy, nature, community and the evolving culture on the Leelanau Peninsula.


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