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Northern Arts & Culture: Taking the long view with Joe Kirkish's memoir "Long Exposure"

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The cover of Long Exposure by Joe Kirkish

A conversation with the author about a life of creativity and kindness

There is a saying: "You only get what you give."

Joe Kirkish spent his time helping others throughout his diverse history of teaching, photography, journalism, and public radio. And now, he's collected his thoughts and experiences in a self-portrait memoir titled Long Exposure: My Life In and Beyond the Copper Country.

You might know Joe as a photographer, as an educator, or as a journalist. Or, you may simply know him as one of the nicest people to come from the Keweenaw. Now, you can know him as an author, with a book that spans his childhood in the 1920s and '30s, through his different talents over the course of six decades.

Long Exposure is available now at local bookstores and online; visit Mission Point Press for more information.

(The book is available in limited signed copies from Public Radio 90 as a Thank You Gift; find out how to pick up your copy by making a donation at this link https://bit.ly/3w1xyEd, or with the Donate button on our web page)

Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity for a lengthy conversation with Joe about his book; hear the full conversation below, followed by selected sections of the chat:

The full conversation with Joe Kirkish
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Author Joe Kirkish

Selections of the conversation with Joe, including his thoughts about:

  • Getting published
  • Working with different media
  • Helping others and being the emcee of Club Indigo
  • The beginnings of WGGL-FM
  • The creative mind
  • His humble upbringing
  • Life's many adjustments

Long Exposure is available now at local bookstores and online; visit Mission Point Press for more information.

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