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Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse’s five collections of lyric poems are grounded in the prairies and towns of the Midwest. Her poetry has been published in unusual community locations, such as in the sidewalks and on metro transit in Saint Paul. As a teaching poet, she’s conducted residencies in schools and communities statewide, taught in prisons, offered workshops, and been a mentor to other poets. Her work has won many awards, such as from the MN State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Duchess Harris

Professor Duchess Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia. In 1998, Harris joined the faculty at Macalester College. She became the first Chair of the American Studies Department in 2003 and was granted tenure in 2004. In 2007 she decided that attending law school would allow her to expand the scope of her scholarship even further. In 2008, she was the only law student in the country chosen to be an Associate Editor for Litigation News, the American Bar Association Section’s quarterly flagship publication. In 2009, she won a $96,000 fellowship from the Bush Leadership Program, which encourages their recipients to create positive change in their communities. In 2010, she became the first Editor-in-Chief of Law Raza Journal, an interactive on-line race and the law journal.

Harris earned a Juris Doctorate in January 2011, and has an expertise in Civil Rights Law. In 2015, The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers chose her to receive “The Profiles in Courage Award.” She is currently a member of Governor Tim Walz’s Board of Public Defense. She is also the proud curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which has more than 65 books written for 3-12 graders. Macalester College President, Brian C. Rosenberg interviewed her about her title on the #MeToo Movement.

Harris is a scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory. Her academic books include, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump.

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Marisha Chamberlain

Marisha Chamberlain is a multi-genre writer. Her debut novel, The Rose Variations, was published by Soho Press and favorably reviewed by the New York Times. Her play, Scheherazade, won the Dramatists Guild/CBS National Award, and in screenplay version, played on public television across the country. Her plays, available through Playscripts, Inc, have been staged all over the world. The World Beloved, her collaboration with composer Carol Barnett, out on CD on the Clarion label, is widely performed. Their collaboration, Mortals & Angels, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Chamberlain has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. She’s been artist in residence at MacDowell, the Anderson Center, and the Rockefeller Retreat Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has taught at Carleton College, Macalester College and in the writing program at the University of Minnesota.

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Greg Brick

Greg Brick, Ph.D., was employed as a hydrogeologist and has taught geology at local colleges and universities. He has published nearly 200 articles about caves and was the recipient of the 2005 Cave History Award from the National Speleological Society. His first book, Iowa Underground: A Guide to the State’s Subterranean Treasures, was published in 2004. His second book, Subterranean Twin Cities, won an award from the American Institute of Architects, and his third book, Minnesota Caves: History and Lore, was nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards. His work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure magazine as well as on the History Channel. He has led guided tours of caves for the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education.

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David M. Perry

David M. Perry is a historian and journalist. He’s a columnist for Pacific Standard, writing about health justice and higher education. He covers history, disability, and politics for outlets like CNN, Washington Post, The Nation, and Medium.

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Joi Lewis

Dr. Joi Lewis is author of Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care. She is a highly sought after speaker, mindset coach, community healer, facilitator of liberation, and social justice activist. Lewis inspires us to hold heartbreak and “joy” as we reach for our own humanity and each other’s. Her work is deeply informed by growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois and is grounded in healing justice. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted research in South Africa, had a 20+ year career on college campuses as a Dean, Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer before founding her successful company, Joi Unlimited. She is an unapologetic joy instigator, a certified kemetic and hot yoga teacher, a facilitator of meditation and mindfulness and a food prep pro, living in Saint Paul. Lewis is on a mission to “put healing in the hands of anyone, anywhere.”

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Nancy Holland

Former philosophy professor Nancy Holland recently began to live her dream as a full-time writer. After publishing two well received short contemporary romances with HarperCollins UK, she is thrilled to return to her first love and write fantasy novels as well as contemporary romance for Tule Publishing. Holland may create characters who live in a world of witches and warriors or a world as real as the street outside your window, but despite often dark pasts, her heroes and heroines refuse to give up on themselves and learn to trust each other. After years spent studying and writing about words written long ago and far away, Holland loves to travel with her husband to places where she can share the experience behind the great philosophical works of the last few centuries.

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Mark Berriman

Mark Berriman is a published author, a poet and artist, musician, and active community leader. His most recent book is That Turned Ugly Fast, featuring a foreword by Viggo Mortensen. Berriman’s first book, Scar Lit, was written under the name Mark Edward Marston. He took a ten year break from writing poetry and then returned with the Soap Box Stomping Trilogy – Brutally Frank, Kink in the Chain, and That Turned Ugly Fast. All have been Minnesota Book Award nominees. He is currently at work on his first novel.

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Claudia May

Claudia May, Ph.D., is a storyteller, poet, educator, spiritual director, consultant, author, and specialist in Practical Theology and African American, Caribbean, and Ethnic American literature. Her work has been published by Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Walter de Gruyter, Lexington Books, and Routledge, among others. She has contributed articles and poetry to Patheos, Radix, The Mennonite, Red Letter Christians, and other publications. May is an award winning author. She received a Gold Medal in the 2019 Illumination Book Awards in the Enduring Light Christian Children’s Book Category. This award acknowledges “exemplary Christian-themed books published since the year 2000.” May is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University, Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a sought-after specialist in Reconciliation Studies and has more than two decades of experience working alongside, teaching, and learning from global practitioners of reconciliation.

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Andrew DeYoung

Andrew DeYoung is the author of The Exo Project, the winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

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