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Candace Simar

Candace Simar is a Minnesota writer with a passion for history and her Scandinavian heritage. Her Abercrombie Trail Series received awards from the Western Writers of America. Shelterbelts is set in Otter Tail County, Minnesota and received finalist awards from the Willa Literary Awards in Historical Fiction. Her Escape to Fort Abercrombie is geared toward readers from age 12-100.

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Ashley Shelby

Ashley Shelby is a former editor at Penguin and a prize-winning writer and journalist. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is the author of Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City, a narrative nonfiction account of the record-breaking flood that, in 1997, devastated Grand Forks, North Dakota. The short story that became the basis for her novel, South Pole Station, is a winner of the Third Coast Fiction Prize. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family.

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Nathan Sacks

Nathan Sacks is a professional academic dissertation editor, children’s and young adult book writer, graphic novel translator, and occasional journalist. He was born and raised in Ames, Iowa and currently lives in uptown Minneapolis. He works on fiction, book-length nonfiction, and scholarly writing, and aims to provide fresh and original writing in a variety of genres while maintaining a distinctive authorial voice.

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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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Yvonne Pearson

Yvonne Pearson is a writer and clinical social worker who lives in Minneapolis. Her picture book, Sadie Braves the Wilderness, was published in 2017. She has also published 16 non-fiction books for children. Pearson’s poetry has appeared in Split Rock Review, Talking Stick, Main Street Rag, Wolf Head Quarterly, Open to Interpretation, Chrysalis, Sidewalks, Literary Mama, and other publications. She is a 2018 Loft-McKnight Writing Fellow and has received a Loft Creative Non-Fiction Award, the Shabo Award in children’s literature, and two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. She has also written for newspapers and magazines.

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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 playwright/director 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 Packa’s poems for “Migrations,” a cantata for mezzosoprano and male voice choir. This classical music piece premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016. She has poems in several literary magazines and anthologies, including Good Poems American Places, Finnish-North American Literature in English, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, and To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present. Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and Prairie Home Companion has also featured her work.

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Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of more than 20 books. His most recent titles include Flannelwood and Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Kathleen Anne Kenney

Kathleen Anne Kenney’s debut novel, Girl on the Leeside, is set in present day rural Ireland. Being born into a large Irish-American family to parents who were avid readers, writers, and interested in travel and history was the perfect wellspring for a writer, as the family was immersed in literature, music, and history. Her parents were generous of spirit, funny and loving, and intensely curious about the world. Kenney is a novelist and playwright with an M.A. in English Literature and Language. She has had several plays presented at Minnesota theatres and was awarded an individual artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for “The Ghost of an Idea,” a play about Charles Dickens. Her writing has appeared in several regional magazines as well as area newspapers.

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Kim Hruba

Kim Hruba is a novelist and content creator through her business, Red Shoes Writing Solutions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota and certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Hamline University. Her international experience includes studying in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaching at a Berlitz Language School in the Czech Republic. After returning to Minnesota, she volunteered for several years with an international student exchange program and founded Girls Lead, a girls’ leadership program in northern Minnesota. Outside of writing, her other endeavors include motivational speaking and teaching workshops on writing and publishing. Hruba is a member of the Star of the North and Keystone Speakers Toastmasters clubs and was the 2017 Toastmasters International District 64 Tall Tales champion. She was also a 2010 and 2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation fellowship. Currently, she resides in Warroad, Minnesota and balances her writing life raising five children with her Czech husband.

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Jess Lourey

Jessica Lourey (rhymes with “dowry”) writes about secrets. She is the bestselling Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty-nominated author of the critically-acclaimed Mira James mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” Jess also writes nonfiction, edge-of-your-seat YA adventure, magical realism, and feminist thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter (check out her TEDx Talk for the surprising inspiration behind her first published novel). When not teaching, reading, or dorking out with her family in Minneapolis, you can find her dreaming of her next story.

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