Loreen Niewenhuis

Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the "Antioch Review" and "Bellevue Literary Review." Her short-story collection, "Scar Tissue," was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, "A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach," spent time on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.

Books by Loreen Niewenhuis


A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan

Available in: Paperback
In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. This book chronicles that journey, a 1,000-mile walk around the world's fifth-largest lake. The book explores both the geology of the lake and the measure of a person--a woman, married, mother of two sons (who joined her for portions of the walk). But most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discovery of self and place. Niewenhuis conveys a sense of the magnitude of the lake she loves, a place so elemental to the four Midwestern states that form its shores. From a ground-level perspective, the book explores the natural and human history of Lake Michigan . . . and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.