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Denis Hauptly

Denis Hauptly is the author of five books including Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products. His books have been awarded an America Library Association Notable Book nomination among other awards. He is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Writing on the Constitution. A native of New Jersey, he is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in American Studies and has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

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William O. Beeman

William O. Beeman is author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces, and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran and The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. He has also written extensively on music and performance traditions in Western and non-Western traditions. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Japan, and India for more than 40 years with special expertise in Iran and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise has been widely sought as advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union.

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Forrest Peterson

Forrest Peterson is the author of three novels, most recently The Swineherd’s Angel. He received a B.A. in history from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years and state of Minnesota public information officer for 20 years. He has attended workshops at The Loft in Minneapolis and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. In 2017 he received an Individual Artist Career Grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. Peterson and his wife live near a small city in central Minnesota.

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Terry Hokenson

Terry Hokenson grew up in southeast Texas and central Minnesota and worked as a carpenter and an attorney. An avid year-round camper, he lives in Minneapolis and is active in the Minneapolis Friends Meeting (Quaker). He has one grown daughter.

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Judy McConnell

Judy McConnell’s writing career took off after retirement at age 70. Since then she has published three books: two memoirs about growing up in Minneapolis in the forties and fifties and a novel that depicts the rise of the local feminist movement during the national upheaval of the sixties and seventies. Her novel has been written up is several local newspapers. After obtaining a B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Training & Development from the University of Minnesota, she went on to career as a Training Specialist and writer of training manuals. She currently gives presentations on writing and editing throughout the state and presents her books at book clubs and senior residences.

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Genny Zak Kieley

Kieley has been writing nonfiction memoir, history, and nostalgia for more than 30 years. She meets with two writers groups regularly and has a warm, often humorous, hometown style of writing.

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Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, with a fifth due out in 2020. She is a past winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the Richard Wilbur Award and a past finalist for the Morton Marr Prize, the Able Muse Book Prize, and the Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her work appears on the Poetry Foundation website and in The Best American Poetry 2018.

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Alisha Perkins

Alisha Perkins is mom to two girls, wife to Glen Perkins (3 time All-Star Minnesota Twins pitcher), and owner to dog Harry Potter. Her non-fiction book, Running Home, is her story of dealing with mental illness in a world full of insane stigma. In 2019, she released her first fiction novel, Martyred, a feminist thriller where cultural misogyny meets the power of female friendships. Her other writing has appeared in Women’s Running, Huffington Post, Like the Wind Magazine, Fitness Most Magazine, Scary Mommy, Another Mother Runner, The Red Current, Minneapolis Running, Star Tribune, Girls with Sole, and Minnesota Twins Magazine. She gave her first TEDX talk entitled “How Many Celebrities Does it Take to Change a Stigma” in May 2019, centering on breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness in our society.

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Anna V. Ostenso Moore

Anna V. Ostenso Moore always has a stack of picture books to read. She is the author of the picture books Today Is a Baptism Day and We Gather at This Table and has guest blogged for Story Path, Building Faith, and other online faith formation websites. With a master’s in youth ministry and theological education from King’s College, University of London, she is currently an associate for family ministries at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis. Wife, priest, daughter, sister, aunt, godparent, and friend, her greatest joys include dancing at every opportunity, a good pot of tea with her husband, David, and exploring new places with her family.

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Tracy Youngblom

Tracy Youngblom has been living and writing in the Twin Cities for 30 years. She earned an M.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She has published widely in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; individual poems, stories, and essays have appeared in journals such as Shenandoah, Big Muddy, Great River Review, Cumberland River Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, St. Katherine’s Review, Briar Cliff Review, Westview, DMQ, and many other places. She teaches full-time at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and in the community as well.

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