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Nick Healy

Nick Healy writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. His short story collection, It Takes You Over, was a Friends of American Writers award winner and a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in 2013. His stories have appeared in North American Review, Water~Stone Review, Speakeasy, Minnesota Monthly, Great River Review, and elsewhere. He…
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Kaia Solveig Preus

Kaia Preus received her MFA from Hollins University and was a 2019 Author Fellow through the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her first book, The War Requiem, is a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Award and won the 2018 Essay Press and University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Book…
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Neve Maslakovic

Neve Maslakovic writes mysteries set in the speculative realm. She is the author of four novels, including Regarding Ducks and Universes. Her life journey took her from Belgrade, Serbia to a Ph.D. at Stanford University’s STAR Lab to her dream job as a writer. She lives with her husband, son, and very energetic goldendoodle in…
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Donna Sidwell DeGracia

Donna Sidwell DeGracia is a physician assistant and an educator whose life and work have taken her from distant corners of the globe to intimate conversations about aspects of life that patients may not have shared with anyone else. Sometimes it is her own experiences as a patient, or as one acculturating to a new…
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Cristina Oxtra

Cristina Oxtra is a Filipino American children’s book author. She earned an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults at Hamline University and a B.A. in journalism. She writes fiction and nonfiction, from picture books and chapter books to middle grade and graphic novels. She received the 2019-2020 Mirrors & Windows Fellowship for…
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Rosemond Owens

Rosemond Sarpong Owens loves the Lord, loves people, loves life, and loves to laugh. She is a storyteller with an infectious enthusiasm about life. She attended Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast, Ghana, the University of Ghana, and University of Minnesota. Across the globe, she has developed a rainbow coalition – an amazing tribe…
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Sharon Grosh

Grosh, a Minnesota native, has been moving on a learning path that includes teaching yoga, teaching mindful self-compassion meditation to girls in prison, mixed media art including indigo, Shibori, natural dye gardening, deconstructed printing, and eco-dyeing from her garden. Lazarus Rising is her first novel. She is working on her second novel, hoping to publish…
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Alan Perry

Alan Perry’s debut poetry chapbook, Clerk of the Dead, was a finalist and honorable mention in the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook competition. His poems have appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Heron Tree, Sleet Magazine, Gyroscope Review, Zingara Poetry Review and elsewhere, and in several anthologies. He is a Senior Poetry Editor for Typehouse Literary Magazine,…
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Kevin Kunkel

Kevin Kunkel believes people are fundamentally good and altruistic and that education and community are the keys to unlocking the best in everybody. He hopes his books contribute to making our planet a better place. Kunkel is allergic to cats and dogs but pets aren’t necessary. His two boys (age 2 and newborn) fill the…
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V.T. Bidania

V.T. Bidania was born in Laos and grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. When she was 5 years old, she wrote her first story about a frog that jumped over a pond and completed it with a crayon illustration. She has been writing ever since. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New…
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