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Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including MinnPost, City Pages, MAS Context, Apology, The Smudge, and Mpls. St.Paul. He is the founder of Birchwood Palace Industries, a publisher of artists books, zines, and other small-run printed novelties. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Christopher Lehman

Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. His work has appeared in Minnesota History magazine and in periodicals for county-level historical societies throughout Minnesota. His book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Nonfiction category.

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Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and author with a passion for telling the stories of people involved in space exploration and astronomy. She writes for Universe Today and Ad Astra. Her latest book about the Apollo Program, Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions, shares the untold stories of engineers and scientists who helped make the Apollo program so successful, despite the daunting odds against it. Her first book, Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos, tells the stories of 37 scientists and engineers that work on several current NASA robotic missions to explore the solar system and beyond.

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Deborah Appleman

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies at Carleton College. She taught high school English for nine years before receiving her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She was also a visiting professor at Syracuse University and at the University of California, Berkeley. Appleman’s books include Critical Encounters in Secondary English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents, Third edition – winner of the Richard A. Meade Award. Her most recent book, Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning in Prison, draws from her experiences teaching college and creative writing courses in a high security prison for men.

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Denis Hauptly

Denis Hauptly is the author of five books including Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products. His books have been awarded an America Library Association Notable Book nomination among other awards. He is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Writing on the Constitution. A native of New Jersey, he is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in American Studies and has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

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William O. Beeman

William O. Beeman is author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces, and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran and The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. He has also written extensively on music and performance traditions in Western and non-Western traditions. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Japan, and India for more than 40 years with special expertise in Iran and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise has been widely sought as advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union.

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Kristin Eggerling

Kristin Eggerling enjoys writing and editing books, articles, grants, and newsletters. She loves telling the story of places and people, the editing process, and helping others communicate in a clear, concise, and creative way. She is the author of a children’s book about wilderness advocate and writer Sigurd Olson and is passionate about preserving wild places and exposing kids to the outdoors. Eggerling has a B.A. in sociology from Augsburg College and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Manitoba. She is a freelance writer, the Promotions Specialist for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, and the Communications Coordinator at C&M. She serves on her local library board and many local, regional, and state boards focused on conservation, art, and community development. She has worked in the public health field, coordinated watershed education, and at the Minnesota Senate. Eggerling, originally from Iowa, lives in Hallock and Minneapolis.

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Lindsey McDivitt

Lindsey McDivitt writes fiction and non-fiction for children. Her picture book, Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, was published in 2018 and two picture book biographies are forthcoming in 2020. McDivitt is passionate about tackling ageism in books for children. She reviews picture books with accurate and diverse images of aging and older adults on her blog “A is for Aging.”

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Jasmine Stringer

Jasmine Stringer was living her life like so many others – on autopilot, without vision or purpose – until she was given an unexpected gift. She was laid off! As she said goodbye to her “corporate gig” she realized she hadn’t been happy or fulfilled in years. So she made a choice to do whatever work was required to find happiness wherever she could. She seized her life and got it “JAZZ’ed UP!” She found endless, little ways to connect with herself and others through DIY projects, style, entertaining, and travel on a budget.

Stringer works as a keynote speaker, an award-winning author of Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day, an on-air TV guest, and host of a weekly podcast and lifestyle blog — Carpe Diem with Jasmine. She has advised corporate and nonprofit clients, and through keynotes, workshops, and coaching sessions, guides people through a process of simple steps to help make their lives better. She introduces inspiration, revelation, and change by leveraging her experiences from working with some of the world’s biggest brands such as Kraft Foods, General Mills, Toyota, Box Tops for Education, Fox Searchlight, Publicis Groupe, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Stringer is principal of JB Stringer LLC. She graduated from American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. She was named a Twin Cities Fearless Woman in 2017 and a Woman of Promise by the Girl Scouts in 2012. Additionally, she was awarded Distinguished Alumna of American University. Ebony Magazine featured her as one of its “30 Future Leaders Under the Age of 30 in America.” She is based in Minneapolis, but can often be found two hours south of the city working with her husband Roger at the family farm.

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Ryan Henning

Ryan Henning was born and raised in Minnesota, where he spent most of his formative years in the Minneapolis suburb of Victoria. There, he developed a fascination with the weather – thanks largely to his dad’s career in the airline industry. (Henning loved the radar!) After earning a degree in synoptic meteorology from Purdue University, he worked as an aviation meteorologist for eight years. He lives with his wife Katie, twin sons, and three lively pets.

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