Featured Writers

Emily Strasser

Emily Strasser’s first book, Half-Life of a Secret, is a deeply researched memoir that traces her journey to reckon with the toxic legacies of her grandfather’s work building nuclear weapons in the atomic city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Strasser’s work has appeared in Catapult, Ploughshares, Guernica, Colorado Review, The Bitter…

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Pete Kero

Pete Kero is an author, speaker, and environmental engineer. His work focuses on the intersection of people, industry, and the environment. Kero was the visionary behind the award-winning Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm, Minnesota which has been featured in Outside magazine and the nation-wide documentary film Biketown. His book,…

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Ty Chapman

Ty Chapman is the author of Sarah Rising, Looking For Happy, and A Door Made for Me (written with Tyler Merritt). Chapman’s forthcoming publications include multiple children’s books and a poetry collection through Button Poetry. He was a 2022 Center for Arts + Social Justice Fellow – an award that…

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Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe is the author of the Furry & Flo series along with over 300 other fiction and non-fiction books for kids. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and investigating haunted places with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society. Otherwise, he’s probably taking a nap or something. He lives in Woodbury,…

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Ursula Murray Husted

Ursula Murray Husted is a graphic novelist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and BFA from Marshall University. (Photo credit: Bryan Bornmueller)


Karen E. Cooper

Karen E. Cooper is the author of When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey: A Spirited History of the Falls. Cooper has discovered the rowdy, forgotten past at Minnehaha Falls, decades when every kind of shenanigans flourished at the Falls. The book, her first, won the 2023 Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction and was a finalist…


John Noltner

A gifted storyteller, John Noltner has worked on four continents, gathering stories of human courage, grace, and resilience. He has produced projects for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. He is the founder of A Peace of My Mind, a multimedia arts project that uses portraits and personal stories to bridge divides and…


Stacy Carlson

Stacy Carlson’s work includes her first novel, Among the Wonderful, and essays and fiction that have appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell Literary Magazine, Sparkle+Blink, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Mesa Refuge, The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Arctic Circle, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Signal Fire.…


Kris Bigalk

Kris Bigalk (pronounced BEE-yahk) is a writer and professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her second collection of poetry, Enough, was released in 2019 and was a finalist in the Housatonic Book Award competition; her first collection, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released in 2012. Bigalk has published poetry in many literary magazines and anthologies,…


Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is a writer and professor who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of the books IRL and Faitheist. He is also the writer and host of Unread, named one of the best podcasts of 2021 by The Guardian, Vulture, the CBC, and others, and honored by the 2022 Webby Awards. Additionally,…


Rudi Hargesheimer

Rudi Hargesheimer follows his passion for adventure, history, and the North Shore of Lake Superior in telling the tale of how the Superior Hiking Trail grew from nothing at all in 1986 to a 300-mile long nationally renowned trail today. His experience as a past Superior Hiking Trail Association board member and President gives him…

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