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Dana VanderLugt

Dana VanderLugt lives in West Michigan with her husband, three sons, and spoiled golden retriever. She has an MFA from Spalding University and works as a literacy consultant. Her novel, Enemies in the Orchard: A World War 2 Novel in Verse, releases in September 2023.  Her work has also been published in Longridge Review, Ruminate, and Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith. She can be found at and on Twitter @danavanderlugt.



I remember a pastor once telling me that children who have an attachment item — a blankie, a teddy, a…
May 4, 2019

Being Seen

I remember the day so clearly. I left a staff meeting during which our district announced plans to cut $2…
October 15, 2018


By Dana VanderLugt inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/ adjective: done on purpose; deliberate. Synonyms: calculated, conscious, intended, purposeful I talk to my writing students…
February 10, 2018


by Dana Vander Lugt I’m a sucker for all things nostalgic -- old photo albums, worn notes or ticket stubs.…
July 20, 2017

Hidden Hope

by Dana VanderLugt During the summer, my schedule permits me to take a walk nearly every morning, just after sunrise.…
February 19, 2017


by Dana VanderLugt Definition: (Adjective) At an equal distance from the extremities of something Synonyms: Center or Midst, suggesting that…
February 12, 2017