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Joi Lewis

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, scholar, and award-winning author. She is a 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. Her children’s book, When I Fly With Papa, received a gold medal at the 2019 Illumination Book Awards in the Enduring Light Christian Children’s Book Category, a gold medal in the Midwest Book Awards’ Religion/Philosophy/Spirituality category, and first place in the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Award Category: Picture Books, 6 and Older. Her recent poetic work, “Slice,” published in Families, Systems, & Health explores how nineteenth century African American slave mothers endured invasive surgeries after surviving arduous labors. May is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University, Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has more than two decades of experience working alongside 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 Saint Paul with his wife and two children.

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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. His seventh collection, Our Delicate Barricades Downed, will be published by Broadstone Books in 2021. 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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