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Pamela Hill Nettleton

Pamela Hill Nettleton is an award-winning writer, editor, playwright, and author. She holds a doctorate in communication and women’s studies and teaches at the...
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Megan Sena

Megan Sena was born and raised in the Midwest and currently resides in Spicer, Minnesota. She loves spending time with her husband Craig and...
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Jeremy Norton

Jeremy Norton is a proud Washington, DC native. He’s received degrees from two universities in the Boston area despite a thorny relationship with the...
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Emily Strasser

Emily Strasser’s first book, Half-Life of a Secret, is a deeply researched memoir that traces her journey to reckon with the toxic legacies of...
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Mary K. Tennis

After a childhood marked by culinary curiosity and travel, Mary Tennis began writing about food in 2001 as a regular columnist in Duluth's Ripsaw...
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Jody Lulich

Jody Lulich is a professor of veterinary internal medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is a renowned educator and clinician, has published over...
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John Rosengren

John Rosengren is a freelance journalist and Pulitzer nominee who's written for The Atlantic, GQ, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post...
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Brian Duren

After retiring from a career in academe, Brian Duren launched a new career as an author of literary fiction. He writes novels with an...
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Mary Jo Hoffman

Mary Jo Hoffman is an artist and photographer known for her work in capturing the beauty of nature. She is particularly recognized for her...
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Naima Haji

Naima Haji is an author, consultant, family educator, and dedicated advocate for early childhood literacy. She is passionate about bilingual family education and aspires...

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 majored in Mass Communications at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota. She has had…
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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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Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The Soul Thief, and The Sun Collective and story collections including Believers, Gryphon, and Harmony of the World. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Short…
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Leanne M. Benson

Leanne M. Benson is a children’s author and illustrator. She earned an Art degree from the University of Minnesota. Among other things, Benson has worked in the public-school systems as an Art Adventure Coordinator, and with students in the English Secondary Language program. She and her husband moved from the Twin Cities a few hours…
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Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is a writer, activist, and teaching artist at the Shipman Agency’s Work Room. 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 as a Top 10 LGBTQ…
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V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania is the author of the Astrid and Apollo chapter book series, which is the first children’s book series to star Hmong American characters. She was born in Laos and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, right where Astrid and Apollo live! She has an MFA in creative writing from the New School and…
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Sara Biren

Sara Biren is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a content and social media manager for a Minneapolis marketing firm and offers freelance editing and copywriting services. She lives northwest of Minneapolis with her husband and their two children.…
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Aimée Bissonette

Aimée Bissonette was born in Pennsylvania, the sixth of seven children. Growing up, she moved many times (she attended eight different schools before graduating from high school!), which led to a love of travel and storytelling. Bissonette loves dogs, sports, history, and anything outdoors. Her picture books include North Woods Girl, Miss Colfax’s Light, and…
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Daniel J. Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn is an author, speaker, executive coach, and yoga therapist. He was an award-winning leader and executive in the natural foods industry for 28 years. Blackburn brings a wealth of experience to all aspects of his work. He grew up in the resort/restaurant industry, worked in the trades, served four years in the Marine…
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Allison Blevins

Allison Blevins is a queer disabled writer and the author of Cataloguing Pain; Handbook for the Newly Disabled, A Lyric Memoir; and Slowly/Suddenly. She is also the author of the chapbooks Chorus for the Kill, Susurration, Letters to Joan, and A Season for Speaking, part of the Robin Becker Series. Blevins is the Founder and…
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