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Kim Todd

Kim Todd writes about history and science. She focused on forgotten stories—uncovering events and people that, while overlooked, continue to shape our world. She is the author of four books of literary nonfiction: Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters”; Sparrow; Chrysalis, Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets…

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Brian Malloy

Brian Malloy’s novels have been a Book Sense pick, a New York Times New and Notable title, an Oprah selection for best LGBT books of 2021, an Apple Books best new release selection, a 2021 Publishers Marketplace buzz book, and a Booklist editors’ choice. Other honors include the Minnesota Book…

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Molly Beth Griffin

Molly Beth Griffin is the author of several picture books including Ten Beautiful Things, Rhoda’s Rock Hunt, and The Big Leaf Leap, as well as the award-winning young adult novel Silhouette of a Sparrow. Griffin was the recipient of the 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children’s Literature along with two…

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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…

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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…

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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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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.
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