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Ranae Lenor Hanson

In her writing, Ranae Lenor Hanson weaves a path through the landscapes and communities of Minnesota that have informed her life and vision. In...
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Bridget Reistad

Bridget Reistad is an educator and librarian who has worked in K-12, public, and academic libraries for nearly 30 years. A licensed high school...
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Alex Messenger

Alex Messenger is a Duluth, Minnesota, author, marketer, and photographer who, at seventeen, was mauled by a grizzly bear. In the decade afterward, he’s...
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Barton Sutter

Bart Sutter is the only writer to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Among other honors,...
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Marie Zhuikov

Marie Zhuikov is a storyteller and poet from Duluth. Her novel Plover Landing was nominated for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent...
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Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch crafts American historical fiction from the Lake Superior north woods. Her novel Mist O’er the Voyageur was a 2019 Selah Awards finalist,...
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Ryan Vine

Ryan Vine is the author of To Keep Him Hidden, winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. He is also the author of two...
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Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann was a physician living a nature-starved, hectic lifestyle until a walrus entered her life and changed everything. She has trained at...
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Sheila Packa

Sheila Packa is a poet, writer, and teacher with Minnesota and Finnish roots. She was Duluth's Poet Laureate in 2010-2012. Her poems became part...
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Michelle Matthees

Michelle Matthees is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She has received grants and awards from The Jerome...

Tony Dierckins

Tony Dierckins, Duluth author and Saint Paul native, has written or co-written more than two dozen books. His regional history books include Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge and Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood (both finalists for the Minnesota Book Award). His work…
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Julie Gard

Julie Gard’s prose poetry collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson and Home Studies, which was a finalist for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award. Her chapbooks are Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series and Russia in 17 Objects. Gard’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Gertrude, Fourth River, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, and Blackbox…
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Linda LeGarde Grover

Linda LeGarde Grover is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and a professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her works reflect her scholarly research on federal policy and American Indian families. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have received the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Northeastern Minnesota…
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Ranae Lenor Hanson

In her writing, Ranae Lenor Hanson weaves a path through the landscapes and communities of Minnesota that have informed her life and vision. In northern Minnesota, she learned an earth-based ethic like that of the Ojibwe people on whose land she grew up. After earning a Ph.D. in cross-cultural education, she taught writing and global…
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Dianna Hunter

Dianna Hunter is the author of two nonfiction books, Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life and Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates. Both were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. She was a farmer and farm advocate before beginning a career in writing and college teaching. She directed programs in writing and…
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Michelle Matthees

Michelle Matthees is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She has received grants and awards from The Jerome Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, AWP, and other arts organizations. In 2016 New Rivers Press published Flucht, her first book-length collection of poems about Eastern…
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Alex Messenger

Alex Messenger is a Duluth, Minnesota, author, marketer, and photographer who, at seventeen, was mauled by a grizzly bear. In the decade afterward, he’s worked as a wilderness guide, marketing specialist, photographer, and volunteer search-and-rescue operator. His love of adventure, nature, and cultures has taken him all over the globe, but the north woods and…
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Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch crafts American historical fiction from the Lake Superior north woods. Her novel Mist O’er the Voyageur was a 2019 Selah Awards finalist, Book-of-the-Year finalist, and NE Minnesota Book Awards finalist. Among her newest releases are the sequel Song for the Hunter and her home front novel Season of My Enemy (Heroines of WWII).…
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Sheila Packa

Sheila Packa is a poet, writer, and teacher with Minnesota and Finnish roots. She was Duluth’s Poet Laureate in 2010-2012. Her poems became part of Tom Isbell’s award-winning documentary “One River” performed at University of Minnesota Duluth and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2017. Olli Kortekangas used her poems for “Migrations,” a…
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Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon and the new Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. Her books have been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, landed on many best-of lists,…
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