Software designer, publisher to serve as new book review editor



By MM Staff
Victor Volkman has been named the new Superior Reads book review editor for the Marquette Monthly. Volkman succeeds Tyler Tichelaar, who launched the column and faithfully produced it for the past decade before deciding to step down from the role recently.
During his formative years in Grosse Pointe Park, located just on the edge of the City of Detroit, Volkman said he always felt like a bit of an outsider. Coming to the U.P. in 1982 to begin his computer science degree at Michigan Technological University was a refreshing change for him.
“I really enjoyed earning my bachelor’s in computer science, so much so that I enrolled in the master’s program immediately starting the semester after graduation.”
“I enjoyed my share of cross-country skiing and what we called Copper Country cruising, to see the natural wonders that were less than an hour’s drive,” Volkman said. “I’ve often said that I might have stayed in the U.P. forever if there had been a jobs base for computer software development,” Volkman said.
However, he made his home in another college town, Ann Arbor. There he found work, met and married his wife Marian, and together they raised their daughter Stephanie.
Volkman has been a professional software developer for more than three decades, but he also has a passion for the written word. He launched the “Loving Healing Press” in 2003 when he discovered a need for books that support innovative therapies for healing the mind and spirit. It was through his wife’s practice as a traumatic incident reduction (TIR) therapist that he realized the need for such books.
In 2007 he launched Modern History Press, which moved beyond therapy to a venue where people who’ve had traumatic experiences could share their stories.
Volkman reconnected with the U.P. when he met Tyler Tichelaar, a Marquette author and publisher who put him with in touch with the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association. Volkman joined the organization years ago and has been a very active participant. He served as the keynote speaker at one of the UPPAA’s annual conferences and now is the organization’s webmaster.
Working with UPPAA has become another of Volkman’s passions.
“Education has always been the major function of UPPAA; there is so much to learn as an aspiring author: from book titles to editing to marketing and so much more,” he added.
He noted that group’s annual spring conference as an invaluable tool for aspiring authors.
Another key aspect of the organization, an effort that he and several other members of UPPAA launched two years ago, is the annual publication of The U.P. Reader. It is a juried collection of works by Upper Peninsula authors who write about the people, places and culture that make the U.P. special. The UPPAA also sponsors a writing contest in which any student in a U.P. school district can participate. Student works are also included in The U.P. Reader.
Volkman, through his Modern History Press, gathers the selected works for the annual compilation and publishes them into a handsome book that can be purchased online and at many bookstores.

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