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Michele Hauf

Award-winning author Michele Hauf has published over 90 novels in historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, as well as writing action/adventure as Alex Archer and erotica as Michele Renae. The launch author for numerous series at Harlequin, she likes writing in a variety of genres and instead of ‘writing what she knows’ prefers to write ‘what she would love to know and do’ (and yes, that includes being a jewel thief and/or a brain surgeon).

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Joan Marie Verba

Joan Marie Verba is an author, publisher, and web developer. An experienced writer, she is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets and Boldly Writing, as well as fiction such as Sword of Queens and Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, among many other books and short stories. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. She is the publisher at FTL Publications (ftlpublications.com).

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Staci Drouillard

Staci Lola Drouillard lives and works in her hometown of Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. A Grand Portage tribal descendant, she began interviewing Chippewa City elders in 1987. She has degrees from the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota – Duluth. Her first book, Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe was published by the University of Minnesota Press. It is also available as an audio book, in Drouillard’s voice. She is the producer of two independent radio series for WTIP North Shore Community Radio in Grand Marais: “Walking the Old Road: the Story of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Chippewa” and “Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People.”

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Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including MinnPost, City Pages, MAS Context, Apology, The Smudge, and Mpls. St.Paul. He is the founder of Birchwood Palace Industries, a publisher of artists books, zines, and other small-run printed novelties. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Alex Messenger

Alex Messenger is a Duluth, Minnesota, author, marketer, and photographer who, at seventeen, was mauled by a grizzly bear. In the decade afterward, he’s worked as a wilderness guide, marketing specialist, photographer, and volunteer search-and-rescue operator. His love of adventure, nature, and cultures has taken him all over the globe, but the north woods and canoe country have always been among his favorite subjects. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Parks magazine, Backpacker magazine, and Outside Online.

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Christopher Lehman

Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. His work has appeared in Minnesota History magazine and in periodicals for county-level historical societies throughout Minnesota. His book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Nonfiction category.

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Raki Kopernik

Kopernik is a queer, Jewish fiction and poetry writer. She is the author of The Things You Left, The Memory House (a finalist for both the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award and the Minnesota Book Award), and The Other Body. Her work has been published in New Flash Fiction Review, Blue Lyra Review, El Balazo, Duende, and others. She has also been nominated and shortlisted for several other awards, including the Thirty West Chapbook Contest, the Black River Chapbook Contest, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award, and the Pushcart Prize for fiction. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Nancy Hedin

Nancy J. Hedin completed her MFA at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her novel, Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by the Golden Crown Literary Society and one of twenty-five books to read for Pride month by Barnes and Noble. Her second novel, Stray was released in August of 2019 and is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in novel and short stories. Hedin has been a pastor and a bartender at the same time. She has been a stand-up comic and a crisis social worker at the same time. She lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota with her wife and two daughters. (Author photo by Ryan Rodgers)

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D. Allen

D. Allen is a queer and genderqueer poet and multidisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis. They completed an MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota in 2017 and are currently a 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. They have recently received a 2019 20% Theatre Company Q-STAGE: New Works Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, and a VSA Emerging Artist grant. D.’s first book, A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe was released in spring 2019. Using poetic and essayistic forms and a range of other artistic media, D.’s work explores the body, illness, disability, intimacy, the natural world, sexuality, and gender.

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Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and author with a passion for telling the stories of people involved in space exploration and astronomy. She writes for Universe Today and Ad Astra. Her latest book about the Apollo Program, Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions, shares the untold stories of engineers and scientists who helped make the Apollo program so successful, despite the daunting odds against it. Her first book, Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos, tells the stories of 37 scientists and engineers that work on several current NASA robotic missions to explore the solar system and beyond.

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