Featured Writers

Angela Shannon

Angela Shannon is the author of Singing the Bones Together. She has published in many anthologies including Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat (a New York Times Bestseller), Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st century,…

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Zaylore Stout

Zaylore Stout is an attorney, community organizer, and author. He received his B.A. in International Business Management and then his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He founded Zaylore Stout & Associates in 2012, a law firm handling sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and…

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Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz is the author of The Winter Bees: Fiction, a collection of interconnected short stories set in rural Minnesota (her current home) and a 2019 Midwest Book Award finalist. She has published stories individually in American Fiction Vol. 15 and Minnesota Monthly, and poetry in the Nebraska Review, the…

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Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney is an Indian-Irish author and editor, born near the equator in Guyana, and raised far north in Minnesota. She’s lived in New Amsterdam, Toronto, Minneapolis, Dublin, Maynooth, Oregon, and Rhode Island, and visited many more places on far-flung adventures. She first got lost in books as a child and hoped one day…


Loren Niemi

Loren Niemi is a author/poet and professional storyteller whose life work has been creating, collecting, performing, teaching, and writing about what it means to be human. His collection of non-traditional “ghost” stories, What Haunts Us, won the 2020 Midwest Book Award for Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy/Paranormal fiction. His most recent book, A Breviary for the Lost, is a…


Jeanne Lutz

Jeanne Lutz is the author of the poetry collection Until the Kingdom Comes. She grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Minnesota, attended the National University of Ireland Galway, and spent two years in Japan. In addition to having her poetry supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the…


Antony Plocido

Antony Plocido is a writer from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He has honed his craft both in the Twin Cities and in Kansas City, MO. Plocido has published four books of poetry: Sucker Punch Wisdom, Aging and Other Side Projects, Felt This So Many Times, and his latest book, The Conflict that Creates. Plocido…

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Metra Farrari

A UW-Madison school of journalism graduate, Metra Farrari landed her dream job right out of college to become a member of the production team for the final three seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Chicago proved to be fruitful; Farrari picked up a husband, a big-boned (fat) cat, and lifelong friends, but the draw of…


Sonia Greenfield

Sonia Greenfield (she/they) is the author of two collections of poetry, All Possible Histories and Helen of Troy is High AF. She is the author of Letdown, American Parable, and Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market. Her work has appeared in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry, Southern Review, Willow Springs, and…

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Darci Schummer

Darci Schummer hails from the village of Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Primarily a fiction writer, she is the author of the story collection Six Months in the Midwest, co-author of the poetry/prose collaboration Hinge, and author of the novel The Ballad of Two Sisters. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Ninth Letter, Folio, Jet…


Michael MacBride

Originally from Michigan, Michael MacBride now calls Minnesota home. He has delivered newspapers, worked for UPS, delivered pizzas, done collections at a bank, was a roadie for a country band, and was a grant-writer and funder-researcher for non-profits. He also taught English, Literature, and Humanities courses at universities and colleges in Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio,…

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