Summer 2012: Contributors

Meet the authors, photographers, and additional contributors who helped bring this summer June 2012 issue of Michigan Blue Magazine to life.

I just received my latest BLUE Magazine in yesterday’s mail and, as is always the case, I was blown away with the cover photo (Spring 2011, Spring Loon photographed by Stacy Niedzwiecki, I’ve never seen such gorgeous cover photos and wish BLUE came every month. Your covers are always uncluttered and absent of annoying verbiage, banners and other distracting elements. I’m a magazine junkie and of the nearly 20 periodicals I subscribe to, your covers are definitely the best and most artistically done. Thanks for doing such a fantastic job for all of us to view.

— Richard Burns, Ohio

Caroline BeckCaroline J. Beck

CAROLINE J. BECK is a food and wine writer and consultant dividing her time between California and the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan. Her most recent past life included an olive ranch and a thriving business in olive oil and specialty foods.



Jerry Dennis Jerry Dennis

Based in Traverse City and author of more than a dozen books, JERRY DENNIS has been published in the New York Times, Audubon, Smithsonian and Grey’s Sporting Journal. His writing has earned wide acclaim. Dennis’s newest release is “The Windward Shore — A Winter on the Great Lakes” (U of M Press, 2011).


Jim DuFresne Jim Dufresne 

Internationally recognized outdoor writer and author JIM DUFRESNE has written more than a dozen wilderness and travel guide books. Last year the Clarkston-based adventurer became the main contributor to, an online resource for trail users in Michigan.


Pat StinsonPat Stinson

PAT STINSON lives in Leelanau County, where she edits and composes copy for businesses and writes for newspapers and magazines. She balances a hearty appetite for regional cuisine with an obsession for the area’s outdoor activities.



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