Okay, I don’t look like this anymore and somehow we lost track of that great old Evinrude outboard, but I think the old lifejacket is in our basement somewhere and I still get the same dopey grin when I’m out on freshwater in my beloved state of Michigan. I am an independent historian, a poet, arts journalist, editor, indexer, musician, and I have more instruments, fabric, yarn, sewing notions, and fiber arts books than is decent. I am a proud feminist liberal tree-hugger. I consider “woke” a compliment. My pronouns are she/her. —Mary Katharine Parks Workinger

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I am Mary Katharine Parks Workinger, an editor, poet, musician, and independent historian whose research focus is the intersection of work and art in Great Lakes literature, music, folk art, and fine art.