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Sharon Grosh

Grosh, a Minnesota native, has been moving on a learning path that includes teaching yoga, teaching mindful self-compassion meditation to girls in prison, mixed media art including indigo, Shibori, natural dye gardening, deconstructed printing, and eco-dyeing from her garden. Lazarus Rising is her first novel. She is working on her second novel, hoping to publish…
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Marilène Phipps

Born and raised in Haiti, Marilène Phipps has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, Harvard’s Bunting Institute, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and the Center for the Study of World Religions. The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti, won the 2010 Iowa Short fiction Award. Her poetry won the 1993 Grolier prize,…
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Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito is an award-winning author, with book topics ranging from children’s fiction, to women’s journals, to guides for military families. She is a sought-after dynamic speaker known for her sense of humor and inspirational insights. She believes in the importance of community and the power of stories to transform lives.
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Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy Nelson Maurer has written more than 100 nonfiction and fiction books for children and young adults, including the picture book biographies John Deere, That’s Who! and Samuel Morse, That’s Who! Both books were Junior Library Guild selections, and the National Science Teaching Association named them for “Best STEM Book” awards. Her book Noah Webster’s…
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Freya Manfred

Freya Manfred has nine collections of poetry. Her sixth collection, Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. Her ninth and most recent collection is Loon in Late November Water. A longtime Midwesterner who has lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100…
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Colleen Baldrica

Inspired by the teachings of her Native American grandmother, Colleen Baldrica began her spiritual journey as a child. The wisdom of these teachings guided her while earning both a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Ph.D. in The Philosophy of Education as well as becoming an award-winning author, presenter, and teacher. The mission of…
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Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 psychological thrillers, including the Duluth-based Jonathan Stride series. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the Thriller Awards, and his Midwestern mystery The Deep, Deep Snow was a 2021 Minnesota Book Award winner. He also won a…
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Nancy Koester

Nancy Koester is the author of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life and the winner of the Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction in 2015. American history and women’s biography are her special areas of interest. She has served as an ELCA pastor and holds both an MDiv and Ph.D. degree. She and her husband…
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Traci Lambrecht

PJ Tracy was the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their ten novels, Monkeewrench, Live Bait, Dead Run, Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, Off the Grid, The Sixth Idea, The Guilty Dead, and Ice Cold Heart have become national and international bestsellers.…
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Sherry Quan Lee

Sherry Quan Lee earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and taught Creative Writing at Saint Catherine University and Metropolitan State University. She is the author of Chinese Blackbird, a memoir in verse, and How to Write a Suicide Note: Serial Essays that Saved a Woman’s Life. Quan Lee’s most recent publications include: Love…
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