Featured Writers

Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel is from the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Minnesota since 2004. Her book, Real Work, is a 2023 Minnesota Book Award finalist. Knittel’s work includes the chapbook Fish & Wild Life and poems in Blueline, Breakwater Review, Constellations, Cottonwood, North Dakota Quarterly, Pleiades, Whale Road Review, and…

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Maya Washington

Maya Washington is an award-winning multi-hyphenate artist: writer, poet, director, narrative and documentary filmmaker (writer/director/producer), actress, creative director, visualist (photography), and arts educator. Her award-winning film, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, about her father, Vikings football legend Gene Washington, premiered on PBS in 2022. Her memoir, Through the…

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Will McGrath

Will McGrath is an award-winning writer and journalist based in Minneapolis. His debut, Everything Lost Is Found Again, is a joyous investigation into the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where he lived for several years. That book won the Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize, as well as the Society of…

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Newell Searle

Newell Searle grew up on a Minnesota farm and graduated from a vocational high school. After earning degrees in history from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, he ditched an academic career to conduct public affairs for corporate, non-profit, and government agencies. His early writing focused on forest conservation. Later, he turned to fiction…

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Mary Seifert

Mary Seifert loves a good mystery and can never leave a brain teaser or puzzle go unchallenged – she can get lost for days. As a former math teacher, she brings numbers and logic to the Katie and Maverick Cozy Mystery mayhem game. When Seifert is not writing or reading, she’s making memories with family…


Alan Davis

Alan Davis’s So Bravely Vegetative won The Prize Americana for Fiction; Alone with the Owl and Rumors from the Lost World both won the Many Voices Project Competition. He co-edited Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan and 10 editions of American Fiction, received a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction, a…


Juliet Patterson

Juliet Patterson is the author of Sinkhole: A Legacy of Suicide and two full-length poetry collections, Threnody, a finalist for the 2017 Audre Lorde Poetry Award, and The Truant Lover, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award. Patterson is a recipient of a 2011 Arts & Letters…

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Allison Blevins

Allison Blevins is a queer disabled writer and the author of Cataloguing Pain; Handbook for the Newly Disabled, A Lyric Memoir; and Slowly/Suddenly. She is also the author of the chapbooks Chorus for the Kill, Susurration, Letters to Joan, and A Season for Speaking, part of the Robin Becker Series. Blevins is the Founder and…


Mary Christine Kane

Mary Christine Kane is a Moth-winning storyteller and author. Her poetry book, Between the stars where you are lost, was published in 2019. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Storytellers’ True Stories About Love, Volume 2; Right Here, Right Now: the Buffalo Anthology; Chicken Soup of the Soul: Lessons…


Hudda Ibrahim

Hudda Ibrahim graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, majoring in Conflict Resolution and English Literature. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Her books include From Somalia to Snow, What Color is My Hijab?, and Lula Wants…


Ayaan Adan

Ayaan Adan is a UX designer, organizer, and author of Daughters of Arraweelo: Stories of Somali Women. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Her design philosophy centers a human-centered approach that values collaboration and quality. Adan is an avid writer and storyteller. She…

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