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Adam Stemple

Adam Stemple is an author, musician, web designer, and professional card player. He has written eight novels, including Pay the Piper (with Jane Yolen), winner of the 2006 Locus Award winner for Best Young Adult Book. Of his debut solo novel, Singer of Souls, Anne McCaffrey said, “One of the best first novels I have ever read.” His recent works include The Last Tsar’s Dragons, Crow Not Crow, and Fly with Me.

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Michael Allan Mallory

Michael Allan Mallory is the co-creator of mystery’s first zoologist sleuth, who has appeared in two novels: Death Roll and Killer Instinct. His short stories have appeared in numerous mystery anthologies and other publications. Mallory has co-edited several crime anthologies. He currently lives in St. Louis Park.

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Rob Jung

Born in the wine country of California; grew up in a beautiful, little Mississippi River town in Wisconsin; educated in the Minnesota state university system and Harvard Law School, Rob Jung now lives the writer’s life in suburban Saint Paul with his wife, Kathy. A newspaper writer for seven years while getting his undergraduate degree at Winona State University, Jung has practiced law for 47 years. He began working on his fiction-writing craft more than a decade ago. A life-long student of history, geography, and religion, Jung has traveled in every continent except Antarctica, and his stories often find their origins in historical events from countries outside the U.S. Jung also lists among his “credits”: inventor, entrepreneur, gourmet chef, master gardener, fishing guide, and storyteller. His best work: three grown children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Jung has written four novels, the first two of which are safely tucked in the back of a drawer so as not to injure either reader or the literary world. His third and fourth novels, Cloud Warriors and The Reaper, were published in 2019. He has also had nonfictional work published in newspapers, legal forums, and periodicals of limited distribution.

*Rob Jung is the pen name of Robert W. Junghans. He also writes limericks and tells stories under the name “C.J. Rakham”.

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Mary DesJarlais

Mary DesJarlais is the author of two fiction novels, The Cutter’s Widow and Dorie LaValle. She lives and works in Saint Paul.

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Wendy Webb

Dubbed Queen of the Northern Gothic by reviewers, Wendy Webb is the author of five novels of gothic suspense/mystery set in the Great Lakes region, The Tale of Halcyon Crane (Minnesota Book Award Winner, 2011), The Fate of Mercy Alban (Midwest Indie bestseller), The Vanishing, The End of Temperance Dare (Minnesota Book Award Winner, 2018), and Daughters of the Lake, a #1 Amazon bestseller. Webb lives in Minneapolis, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Mary Kay Rummel

Mary Kay Rummel grew up in Saint Paul. She attended St. Catherine University and the University of MN and is a professor emerita from the University of MN, Duluth. She also taught for Compas Writers-in-the Schools. Cypher Garden, her eighth book of poetry, was recently published. The Lifeline Trembles, won the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her first book, This Body She’s Entered, was a Minnesota Book Award winner. Love in the End was an award winner from Bright Hill Press. Teaching part of the year at California State University, Channel Islands, she divides her time between Fridley and Ventura, CA where she was named a Poet Laureate of Ventura County from 2014-2016. Her work has ten Pushcart nominations and appears in numerous national and regional literary journals and anthologies including Nimrod, Miramar, Luna, Spillway, Prairie Schooner, Water-Stone Review, Great River Review, and Gyroscope Review.

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Maureen Millea Smith

Maureen Millea Smith is a librarian at the Hennepin County Edina Library. She received her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Wyoming in English Literature. Her novel, When Charlotte Comes Home won the 2007 Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story. In 2015, her collection of linked short stories, The Enigma of Iris Murphy won the Tartt First Fiction Award and was published by the Livingston Press of the University of West Alabama.

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A. Merc Rustad

A. Merc Rustad is a queer non-binary writer who lives in Minnesota. Merc is a Nebula Awards finalist, and their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Uncanny, Nightmare, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Their debut short story collection, So You Want to be a Robot, was published by Lethe Press.

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Gary Eldon Peter

Gary Eldon Peter’s short stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, and other publications. His debut linked short story collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in Prose. Oranges was also a finalist for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award. Peter’s other awards include a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Award in Creative Prose as well as two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College as well as a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. He has worked as a judicial law clerk and as a lawyer in private law practice, and spent many years working in the legal publishing industry. He is currently a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

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Sammi Jones

Sammi Jones got her start in roller derby in 2010 when she joined the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls. She quickly fell in love with the sport and has been skating the flat track ever since. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and has written for a variety of publications. She currently resides in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where she works as an editor for a trade magazine and skates for North Star Roller Derby.

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