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Keenan Jones

Keenan Jones, an author in Plymouth, Minnesota, grew up in Gary, Indiana and south suburban Chicago. Coming from a family of educators, pastors, athletes,...
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Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe is the author of the Furry & Flo series along with over 300 other fiction and non-fiction books for kids. When...
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Ursula Murray Husted

Ursula Murray Husted is a graphic novelist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and...
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Karen E. Cooper

Karen E. Cooper is the author of When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey: A Spirited History of the Falls. Cooper has discovered the rowdy, forgotten...
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John Noltner

A gifted storyteller, John Noltner has worked on four continents, gathering stories of human courage, grace, and resilience. He has produced projects for national...
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Stacy Carlson

Stacy Carlson's work includes her first novel, Among the Wonderful, and essays and fiction that have appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell Literary...
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Kris Bigalk

Kris Bigalk (pronounced BEE-yahk) is a writer and professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her second collection of poetry, Enough, was released in 2019 and...
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Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is a writer and professor who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of the books IRL and Faitheist. He is...
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Laura Ashwood

Laura Ashwood is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary and historical western romance, and women's fiction. In her novels, Ashwood brings...
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Angela Harrelson

Angela Harrelson, George Floyd's aunt, grew up in North Carolina facing racial discrimination. Despite challenges, she excelled in school and pursued higher education. After...

Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe is the author of the Furry & Flo series along with over 300 other fiction and non-fiction books for kids. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and investigating haunted places with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society. Otherwise, he’s probably taking a nap or something. He lives in Woodbury,…
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Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. She is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. Tyner provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities, and…
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Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of several middle grade fantasies, including Breadcrumbs, an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, and The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. She is a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship and teaches at Hamline University’s Masters in Fine Arts in Writing for Children. Ursu lives in…
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Daniel E. Van Tassel

Author of Back to Barron, a chronicle of growing up in small-town-and-rural mid-century America, Daniel E. Van Tassel graduated from St. Olaf College and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He taught at Pacific Lutheran University, California State University San Marcos, and Muskingum College. His scholarly publications include articles on…
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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 Twelve, Defying the Ghosts, Sword of Queens, and Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, among many other books and short stories.…
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Elizabeth Verdick

Elizabeth Verdick writes a mix of nonfiction and fiction for children. Her main reading audience is toddlers and preschoolers. She has also written nonfiction for elementary-age kids. Verdick is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she has taught picture-book writing classes and done manuscript critiques to…
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Ryan Vine

Ryan Vine is the author of To Keep Him Hidden, winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. He is also the author of two chapbooks: WARD and Distant Engines, winner of a Weldon Kees Award. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and…
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Jody Vitek

Maybe living her own romance story is what inspired Jody Vitek to write romance novels, because it was never her dream to become a writer. Reading has always been one of the things she loves to do in her downtime. Travels across the US, Cancun, and the Bahamas have inspired her stories. She resides in…
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Joanne Vruno

Joanne Vruno grew up in Maplewood, Minnesota, just houses away from Battle Creek Regional Park, where she spent most of her childhood days hiking and exploring. Her love for nature and the wooded parkland bordering Battle Creek created the magic of the Seasons of Elves series, just as her love for the lakes created her…
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Teresa Wilhelm Waldof

Teresa Waldof is the world’s leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project. Her book, Wilhelm’s Way: The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved the Manhattan Project, was winner of the 2023 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction. An expert in building collaborative, high-performance teams, Waldof is a dynamic speaker…
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