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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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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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Carolyn Holbrook

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and longtime advocate for the healing power of the arts. She is founder and director of More Than a Single Story, and executive editor of the Saint Paul Almanac. She is the author of a chapbook, Earth Angels, and an essay collection, Tell Me Your Names and I will…
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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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Nancy Hedin

Nancy J. Hedin completed her MFA at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her novel, Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by the Golden Crown Literary Society and one of twenty-five books to read for Pride month by Barnes and Noble. Her second novel, Stray was released in August of 2019 and is…
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Deborah Appleman

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies at Carleton College. She taught high school English for nine years before receiving her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She was also a visiting professor at Syracuse University and at the University of California, Berkeley. Appleman’s books include Critical Encounters in Secondary English:…
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Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, with a fifth due out in 2020. She is a past winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the Richard Wilbur Award and a past finalist for the Morton Marr Prize, the Able Muse Book Prize, and the Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her work…
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Lindsey McDivitt

Lindsey McDivitt writes fiction and non-fiction for children. Her picture books Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story and Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story were published by Sleeping Bear Press. A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation is forthcoming from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. McDivitt is passionate about tackling…
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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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Elliott Foster

Elliott Foster is an emerging Minnesota writer of memoir and fiction. He is particularly drawn to stories of the Upper Midwest. In addition to his longer published work, Elliott’s short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in the Green Blade literary journal, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Journal of Southern California. He lives in…
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