Summer 2019: Contributors

Contributors, Summer 2019

Amy EckertAmy Eckert

An award-winning travel writer based in Holland, Amy has traveled the globe and contributed to numerous travel books. She is the author of two guidebooks to Detroit; the most recent is “Easy Detroit Outdoors.” Amy is the past president of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. Find her at

Craig SterkenCraig Sterken

Craig Sterken is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in various magazines, trade publications, tourism guides and the Pure Michigan campaign. Empty nesters, he and his wife Sandy travel the state frequently looking for photo opportunities in all four seasons. They live in the Saginaw Bay region.

Dianna StampflerDianna Stampfler

A regular BLUE contributor, Dianna lives in Walloon Lake. Her first book, “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” was just published by The History Press. Dianna has been researching and writing about Michigan’s historic beacons for nearly 20 years. She also is president of Promote Michigan.

Gary W. OdmarkGary Odmark

Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, Gary provides illustrations for BLUE’s State of Mine and other sections. He winters down south where he continues to draw. The prolific Holland-based artist’s fine-quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

Chuck WarrenChuck Warren

A licensed captain and freelance boating writer in Grandville, Chuck grew up on the New Jersey shore and spent 20-plus years working in the marine industry. He met his wife Lanie while operating a sunset cruise and followed her back to Michigan where he has fallen for the Great Lakes.

We welcome letters to the editor. Please send letters in care of: Editor, Michigan BLUE Magazine, 401 Hall St. SW, Suite 331, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or email to

Letters may be edited for reasons of clarity and space.

Facebook Comments