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Carol Dines

Carol Dines’s new young adult novel, The Take-Over Friend, is a finalist for the Achevan Prize. Her recent adult fiction, a collection of stories,...
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Jennifer Fernjack

Jennifer Fernjack is an author and keynote speaker. Raised in Cloquet, MN, she currently resides in Spring Park, MN. She received her B.A. degree...
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Michael Tisserand

Michael Tisserand's books include the Eisner Award-winning biography Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, an exploration of the "Krazy Kat" cartoonist...
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Naomi Hughes

Naomi Hughes writes quirky young adult sci-fi and fantasy, usually featuring monsters and mental health representation. Her novels include Refraction, which was described by...
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Ranae Lenor Hanson

In her writing, Ranae Lenor Hanson weaves a path through the landscapes and communities of Minnesota that have informed her life and vision. In...
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Said Shaiye

Said Shaiye is an autistic Somali writer and photographer. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was named a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist...
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Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His...
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Chris McCormick

Chris McCormick is the author of a novel, The Gimmicks, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and a short story collection, Desert Boys, winner...
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Angela Shannon

Angela Shannon is the author of Singing the Bones Together. She has published in many anthologies including Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota,...
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Steve Cwodzinski

Steve Cwodzinski's first book, Beyond the Lesson Plan, is a compilation of motivational stories based on his life experiences and his career as a...

Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with her dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family. Ahiers…
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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…
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Rebecca Ansari

After twelve years as an ER doctor, Rebecca K.S. Ansari shelved her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, an ALA 2020 Notable Children’s Book nominee, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her second…
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Swati Avasthi

Swati Avasthi (SWA-thee Of-US-thee) started writing when she was five, but she took a serpentine career path (working as domestic violence legal coordinator, law student, theater director, and stage manager) before she returned to writing. Her first book, Split, received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, and has been translated into four languages. Her…
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Bev Bachel

Bev Bachel is the author of What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens. A goal-setting classic, the book has sold more than 50,000 copies and been translated into five languages. When she isn’t writing, you can find her working toward her own goals which…
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Yelena Bailey

Yelena Bailey, Ph.D. is a writer, researcher, and former professor of English and cultural studies. She enjoys writing about race, power, policy, and culture. Her most recent project is How the Streets Were Made, which examines the creation of “the streets” not just as a physical, racialized space produced by segregationist policies, but also as…
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Colleen Baldrica

Inspired by the teachings of her Native American grandmother, Colleen Baldrica began her spiritual journey as a child. The wisdom of these teachings guided her while earning both a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Ph.D. in The Philosophy of Education as well as becoming an award-winning author, presenter, and teacher. The mission of…
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Christine Bauer

Christine Bauer’s first book Those Three Words: A Birth Mother’s Story of Choice, Chance, and Motherhood chronicles her journey of experiencing an unplanned pregnancy at age 18, the agonizing decision she needed to make, and its impact on her life. Bauer attended Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, where she majored in Mass Communications. She…
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Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer has published over 100 books, ranging from board books and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, middle-grade, and young-adult novels. She is the editor of the ground-breaking collection of gay-and-lesbian-themed short stories, Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. She was one of the founders…
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Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is a writer, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction, the 2016 NCCD Media for a Just Society Award, and was listed…
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