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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 nonprofits.

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Mary Lahr Schier

Mary Lahr Schier is a Minnesota gardener, writer, and editor, whose award-winning book combines Minnesota history and gardening how to. She is the author of The Northern Gardener, From Apples to Zinnias, 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, which received the Silver Award of Merit from GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators. She is also editor of Northern Gardener magazine, the publication of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society and Minnesota’s only homegrown garden magazine. Topics include Minnesota heritage plants, low-stress tomatoes, and garden trends.

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William Reichard

William Reichard is a writer, editor, and educator. He has published six poetry collections, most recently, The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems. Three of his previous collections were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Reichard is the editor of the anthology, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, and he revised and edited The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s, an award-winning memoir by the late Ricardo Brown. Reichard lives in Saint Paul.

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Susan Power

Susan Power is the author of The Grass Dancer (winner of the 1995 PEN/Hemingway award), Roofwalker, and Sacred Wilderness. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fellowships include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, Loft McKnight Fellowship, and Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines, and anthologies including: The Best American Short Stories 1993, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Granta. She is currently working on both a novel and memoir.

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Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse leads a double life. By day, she’s a mild-mannered science fiction author of the Shamus and Philip K. Dick award-winning AngeLINK series. By night, she’s the bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer, Tate Hallaway. She’s written and published more than a dozen novels (five as Lyda and nine as Tate), and together her two identities have more than a decade of professional publishing experience.

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Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, surrounded by library books and cats. She’s published nearly 140 books for children and young adults. Four to the Pole (co-authored with polar explorer Ann Bancroft) and The LAST Day of Kindergarten were Minnesota Book Award finalists. Her Writer’s Toolbox Series received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Loewen has also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, and the Society of School Librarians International. She lives in Saint Paul and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She likes to read, cook, take long walks, and photograph oddities from thrift stores.

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Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer has been writing science fiction and fantasy for 20 years. Her short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the 2016 Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for the Nebula Award. Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories was released in 2017, and her young adult novel Catfishing on Catnet (based on “Cat Pictures Please”) will be coming out in fall 2019. She lives in Saint Paul with her spouse, two kids, and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

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JacLynn Herron

JacLynn Herron not only lost her mother to dementia, but also witnessed the strengths and flaws of the eldercare system that was responsible for her mother’s care. Believing in the power of story, Herron crafted her memoir, Singing Solo: In Search of a Voice for Mom, as a cautionary tale about the realities of nursing home care. Now she is committed to sharing that story with readers and audiences at a variety of places: bookstores, libraries, book groups, dementia conferences, and elder groups. The book prompts discussion of the question: How can we (as individuals, families, and society) promote quality-of-life until the very end of life?

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Krista Finstad Hanson

Krista Finstad Hanson is a writer and historian. She is the author of two travel guides to museums in historic houses: Minnesota Open House and Wisconsin’s Historic Houses and Living History Museums. She has written a children’s science textbook, The Great Barrier Reef: A Natural Wonder. She has also written freelance, nonfiction articles and essays specializing in general history, architectural history, and travel.

Hanson has a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a MEd in English Education from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She holds a 7-12 grade English/Language Arts and an Adult Basic Education teaching license. She works part-time as an English teacher to adult refugee and immigrant learners and part-time as a writer and historian. She lives with her family in Saint Paul.

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Paige Riehl

Paige Riehl is the author of the full-length poetry collection Suspension and the poetry chapbook Blood Ties. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications such as Artful Dodge, Crab Orchard Review, Water~Stone Review, Portland Review, and Meridian. Suspension (previously titled Wait) was a finalist for the 2017 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Riehl won the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry, the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and was a 2016 and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the Poetry Editor for Midway Journal, a poetry mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and an English faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she is Chair of the Two Rivers Reading Series.

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