Lena grew up in a small town and on a farm in rural southern Michigan, but has resided above the 45th for the last 16 years. Studies in video production and anthropology led to a career as a documentary producer. She enjoys sharing stories through a variety of mediums including paintings, films, songs and literary arts. She looks forward to helping to bring storytellers of all ages and backgrounds to the stage at The Red Jacket Jamboree. Maybe you!
Martin Achatz- Poet Laureate of the U.P.
Martin grew up in and currently resides in Ishpeming, Michigan. He attended Northern Michigan University, where he received a BA in English. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry from NMU. He has taught at Western Michigan University and is currently a Contingent Professor in the English Department at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, where he has served as Poetry Editor of Passages North. His work has appeared in Kennesaw Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The MacGuffin, and Dunes Review, among others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he was awarded third place in the William J. Shaw Memorial Prize for Poetry. Martin is also a musician, and has a CD of Christmas essays with music by Linda Smith and Seamus Collins. Martin was selected as the 2017-1018 Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula in February of 2017.
Ralph Horvath- Red Jacket Radio Actor
Ralph has acted in about 40 local theater productions. He performs the roles of several characters in the sketches, "Madam Blanc" and "Some Place on Fifth" and is the lovable dispatch man in "911 in the 906".
Ralph is an Emeritus Professor in the Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering Department at Michigan Tech. Since his retirement, Ralph has volunteered for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly and for RSVP in Hancock.