Singer Songwriter Marca Cassity her first year at Michfest

How to Love by Marca Cassity

Voices From the Land Remembering and Inventing

How to Love written by Marca Cassity, 2014 Produced by Julie Wolf Guitar and vocals by Marca Cassity   “How to Love” is my love song to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Born on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma, I was ostracized when I came out in the 1980s, both for being two-spirit/lesbian and for being an artist. At Michigan, …

Moss Bed

Voices From the Land Remembering and Inventing

I have been a worker at Michigan since 1994. Freshly out in 1991, Michigan was the thing you were supposed to do, where you were supposed to go. I was a black urban twenty-something and to my own surprise, I loved it. At my fifth or sixth fest, I came with my girlfriend, who had never been there before. She …

Finding Joy by Karen Colton

Voices From the Land Remembering and Inventing

‘It’s the only place where I don’t have to worry about what I look like.’ That was my 16 year old daughter’s response to what she liked about Michfest. My response to that question is quite broader, but based on the same fact. Michfest is a place where womyn and girls are celebrated for being who they are, devoid of …

Remembering Beauty by Lisa Trost

Voices From the Land Remembering and Inventing

Remembering Beauty by Lisa Trost Smiles. I couldn’t get over how much smiling there was. Everyone was smiling! Or were they reflecting my smile back to me? It was infectious. When asked what I remember most about my first year at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, that’s the image that comes to mind. I remember one smile in particular as …