Travel & Adventure 2018: Contributors

Contributors, Travel & Adventure 2018

Tom SpringerTom Springer

Author and nature lover, Tom lives near Three Rivers in an 1870s farmhouse where he writes, gardens, fishes and remains baffled by any tool more complex than a broom rake. His “Looking for Hickories” (University of Michigan Press) was named a Michigan Notable Book. He has worked in communications for the Kellogg Foundation and the University of Notre Dame.

Leslie MertzLeslie Mertz

Ever curious, Leslie is a freelance science writer who has lived in eight Michigan counties, from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives Up North with her husband in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River. She travels with a small tent and fly rod in her car in case she finds an interesting place to stop while traveling.

Marla MillerMarla R. Miller

Professional writer and award-winning journalist, Marla lives in Norton Shores where she lives the lakeshore lifestyle. She enjoys yoga, camping, hiking, boating and Lake Michigan sunsets. Marla spent more than a decade reporting for newspapers. Today, she contributes to a variety of publications. See

Kendra Stanley-MillsKendra Stanley-Mills

Award-winning photojournalist and former newspaper photographer, Kendra is based in Muskegon and is known for her evocative black and white and color images. Visual storytelling is her realm. She claims the buttons on her camera give her pause. We don’t believe it. See

Gary W. OdmarkGary W. Odmark

Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes and beautiful color illustrations, Gary creates the visual poetry that accompanies BLUE’s State of Mine and other columns. The Holland-based artist’s fine limited-edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

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