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Danny Spewak

Danny Spewak is a journalist, writer, and author with a decade of experience in local broadcast television, including stations in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Buffalo, NY, and mid-Missouri. His first book, From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Minnesota’s March to a College Football Title and into World War II, is a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book…


James Densley

Dr. James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice at Metro State University and co-founder of The Violence Project Research Center, best known for its work on gun violence prevention. Densley has received global media attention for his work on gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including…

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Said Shaiye

Said Shaiye is an autistic Somali writer and photographer. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was named a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction. He teaches Creative Writing through Unrestricted Interest, an autistic-focused organization. He has contributed essays to the anthologies Muslim American Writers at Home and We Are Meant…

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Mark E. Fisher

After authoring books of epic fantasy and historical fiction for the Christian and general market, Mark E. Fisher’s eighth novel begins a series of Christian end-times thrillers based on the book of Revelation. Once a month, he plays acoustic guitar in the church band. Periodically, he travels to foreign countries. Otherwise, he’s at his desk…

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Payal Doshi

Payal Doshi has a Master’s in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School, New York. Having lived in India, the UK, and the US, she noticed a lack of Indian protagonists in global children’s fiction and one day wrote the opening paragraph to what would become her first children’s novel. When she isn’t writing or…


Lara Mimosa Montes

Lara Mimosa Montes is the author of THRESHOLES and The Somnambulist. She holds a Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her writing has appeared in Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-A-Day” series, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, The Poetry Project, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of artist residencies from Marble…


Kathryn Nuernberger

Kathryn Nuernberger is an essayist and poet who writes about the history of science and ideas, renegade women, plant medicines, and witches. Her latest book is The Witch of Eye, which is about witches and witch trials. She is also the author of the poetry collections, RUE, The End of Pink, and Rag & Bone,…


Kim Heikkila

Kim Heikkila, Ph.D., is a historian who believes in the power of deep listening and artful storytelling to build bridges between the head and the heart, the unique and the universal, the self and the other. Her award-winning writing has been published in historical journals and literary magazines. Her most recent book, Booth Girls: Pregnancy,…