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.Read More
Erin Soderberg Downing has written more than 50 books for kids, tweens, and young adults. Some of her most popular titles include the middle-grade novel Moon Shadow and three chapter book series: Disney’s Daring Dreamers Club, Puppy Pirates, and The Quirks. Soderberg loves creating stories that are accessible and help inspire a lifelong love of reading for fun. Before becoming an author, she was a children’s book editor, a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, and a mischievous pup named Wally (the star of Puppy Pirates!).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Poet Donna Isaac grew up in the South but has been part of Minnesota’s writing community for over 30 years. She has a B.A. in English (James Madison University); an M.A. in English (University of Minnesota); and an MFA in creative writing (Hamline University). She is on the Board of Cracked Walnut, member of LOMP, and runs a reading series, Literary Lights at Next Chapter Booksellers. Poetry chapbooks include Tommy; Holy Comforter ; and Persistence of Vision. Her paean to American roots music and the Appalachians is a full poetry collection, Footfalls. She also publishes in various journals including The St. Paul Almanac, the Penn Review, and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She is a teaching artist who has worked at the Loft, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, and through Cracked Walnut as well as in various schools.Read More
Bridget Hoolihan is a full-time English teacher in Minnesota and writes young adult fiction on the side. She focuses on dystopian literature that appeals to reluctant readers. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with degrees in English and English Education.Read More
Professor Duchess Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia. In 1998, Harris joined the faculty at Macalester College. She became the first Chair of the American Studies Department in 2003 and was granted tenure in 2004. In 2007 she decided that attending law school would allow her to expand the scope of her scholarship even further. In 2008, she was the only law student in the country chosen to be an Associate Editor for Litigation News, the American Bar Association Section’s quarterly flagship publication. In 2009, she won a $96,000 fellowship from the Bush Leadership Program, which encourages their recipients to create positive change in their communities. In 2010, she became the first Editor-in-Chief of Law Raza Journal, an interactive on-line race and the law journal.
Harris earned a Juris Doctorate in January 2011, and has an expertise in Civil Rights Law. In 2015, The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers chose her to receive “The Profiles in Courage Award.” She is currently a member of Governor Tim Walz’s Board of Public Defense. She is also the proud curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which has more than 65 books written for 3-12 graders. Macalester College President, Brian C. Rosenberg interviewed her about her title on the #MeToo Movement.
Harris is a scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory. Her academic books include, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump.Read More
Marisha Chamberlain is a multi-genre writer. Her debut novel, The Rose Variations, was published by Soho Press and favorably reviewed by the New York Times. Her play, Scheherazade, won the Dramatists Guild/CBS National Award, and in screenplay version, played on public television across the country. Her plays, available through Playscripts, Inc, have been staged all over the world. The World Beloved, her collaboration with composer Carol Barnett, out on CD on the Clarion label, is widely performed. Their collaboration, Mortals & Angels, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Chamberlain has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. She’s been artist in residence at MacDowell, the Anderson Center, and the Rockefeller Retreat Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has taught at Carleton College, Macalester College and in the writing program at the University of Minnesota.Read More
Bryan Thao Worra is the Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate and holds over 20 national and international awards for his writing and community leadership. He is the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association and 2019 Joyce Fellow. He holds a 2009 NEA Fellowship in Literature, and represented the nation of Laos during the 2012 London Summer Games as a Cultural Olympian.Read More