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Mélina Mangal

Working at the intersection of nature, literature, and culture, Mélina Mangal highlights those whose voices are rarely heard, and the people and places that inspire them to explore their world. She has authored short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the 2019 Carter…
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Gary Kaunonen

Gary Kaunonen, Ph.D., is a historian of culture, labor, and immigration and a documentary filmmaker based in Willmar, MN. He is author of four books, including the 2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award winner, Fanned Flames: A History of the 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike, and two award-winning books about Michigan, Challenge Accepted: A Finnish Immigrant…
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Carolyn Holbrook

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and an advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her memoir, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify is a finalist for a 2021 Minnesota Book Award in the Memoir and Creative Nonfiction category. Her essays have been published most recently in A Good Time for the…
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Tom Glaser

A psychologist and life coach with over 30 years of experience, Tom Glaser, MS, is author of the Amazon.com bestseller Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know. Whether counseling individuals or groups, appearing in the media, or teaching, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through.
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Su Hwang

Su Hwang is a poet, activist, and the author of Bodega, winner of the 2020 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Born in Seoul, Korea, she was raised in New York then called the Bay Area home before transplanting to the Midwest. A recipient of the inaugural Jerome Hill Fellowship in Literature, the Academy of American…
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Kim Todd

Kim Todd writes about science and the natural world and is particularly interested in the ways stories we tell about animals translate into on-the-ground implications. She is the author of three books of literary nonfiction: Sparrow; Chrysalis, Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis; and Tinkering with Eden, a Natural History of Exotics in…
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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 Sword of Queens and Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, among many other books and short stories. She is a member…
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Tom Xavier

Tom Xavier is the award-winning author of Neffatira’s First Challenge, described by Kirkus Reviews as a “rousing series opener with equal portions of action and social commentary” and Dark Curses, Faerie Dreams, recipient of a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Seal in Juvenile Fiction, a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist, and a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards…
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Staci Drouillard

Staci Lola Drouillard lives and works in her hometown of Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. A Grand Portage tribal descendant, she began interviewing Chippewa City elders in 1987. She has degrees from the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota – Duluth. Her first book, Walking the Old Road: A…
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Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including MinnPost, City Pages, MAS Context, Apology, The Smudge, and Mpls. St.Paul. He is the founder of Birchwood Palace Industries, a publisher of artists books, zines, and other small-run printed novelties. He lives in Minneapolis.
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