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Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His essay, “On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy,” is included in the anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis, edited by Tracy…

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David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle is a former elementary school teacher who has been creating books for young people for 30 years. His many picture book titles include Moo!, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, and It’s a Tiger! He is a three-time recipient of the Minnesota Book Award, as well…

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Joyce Sidman

Joyce Sidman’s books have won a Newbery Honor (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), a Sibert Award for Nonfiction (The Girl Who Drew Butterflies) and two Caldecott Honors. Her book What the Heart Knows was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2013, she received…

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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,…

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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,…

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Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs (KLEE-burr digs) is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His essay, “On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy,” is included in the anthology There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis, edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman.…

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Chris McCormick

Chris McCormick is the author of a novel, The Gimmicks, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a short story collection, Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Tin House, and Ploughshares. He grew up in the…

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Angela Shannon

Angela Shannon is the author of Singing the Bones Together. She has published in many anthologies including Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat (a New York Times Bestseller), Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st century, and Where One Voice Ends,…

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Doug Mayfield

Doug Mayfield lives in northern Minnesota and has authored two literary fiction novels, award-winning Angle of Declination and The Saint Patrick’s Day Hero, currently a book club favorite.

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Steve Cwodzinski

Steve Cwodzinski’s first book, Beyond the Lesson Plan, is a compilation of motivational stories based on his life experiences and his career as a high school American Government and American History teacher. Cwodzinski got the inspiration for his book from the 12,000 students he taught, and learned from, during his 33 year career. During his…

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Julie Schumacher

Julie Schumacher is the author of 10 books, including the national bestseller Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She has published five novels for younger readers, including The Book of One Hundred Truths, winner of a Minnesota Book Award; and a satirical coloring book about higher education called Doodling for…

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How To Get Listed on the Directory

Thanks for your interest! If you currently live in Minnesota and have your work published in book form, you can apply to be listed. Simply fill out our online application, and we’ll contact you after we’ve reviewed it.

Criteria for all applicants

  • You must live and work in Minnesota. If you live in Minnesota for part of the year, please outline your availability in your application. You will be accepted at the discretion of the Minnesota Center for the Book.
  • You must be willing to provide an email address for your profile. (This will not be listed on the website, but it will be used to create a unique contact form linked to your email address.)
  • You must be willing to have your location in Minnesota (county only) listed in the directory.