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Alisha Perkins

Alisha Perkins is mom to two girls, wife to Glen Perkins (3 time All-Star Minnesota Twins pitcher), and owner to dog Harry Potter. Her non-fiction book, Running Home, is her story of dealing with mental illness in a world full of insane stigma. In 2019, she released her first fiction novel, Martyred, a feminist thriller…
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Ryan Henning

Ryan Henning was born and raised in Minnesota, where he spent most of his formative years in the Minneapolis suburb of Victoria. There, he developed a fascination with the weather – thanks largely to his dad’s career in the airline industry. (Henning loved the radar!) After earning a degree in synoptic meteorology from Purdue University,…
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Joy Riggs

Joy Riggs grew up in Alexandria, Minnesota, and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism. She specializes in writing about history, travel, and parenting. Her essays, articles, and award-winning columns have appeared in numerous publications, including the Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Monthly, and the…
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A. Merc Rustad

A. Merc Rustad is a queer non-binary writer who lives in Minnesota. Merc is a Nebula Awards finalist, and their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Uncanny, Nightmare, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Their debut short story collection, So You Want to be a Robot, was published by Lethe Press.
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Donna Isaac

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,…
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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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