Featured Writers

Gary Eldon Peter

Gary Eldon Peter is the author of two works of fiction: Oranges, a linked short story collection, and the novel The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen, winner of the 2023 Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature and the Acheven Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Oranges was…

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Sheila Packa

Sheila Packa is a poet, writer, and teacher with Minnesota and Finnish roots. She has five books of poetry: The Mother Tongue, Echo & Lightning, Cloud Birds, Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range, and Surface Displacements. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and…

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Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon and the new Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. Her books have been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables,…

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David Oppegaard

David Oppegaard is the author of Claw Heart Mountain, The Town Built on Sorrow, The Firebug of Balrog County, The Suicide Collectors, And the Hills Opened Up, and Wormwood, Nevada. He is also the author of the novella Breakneck Cove. Oppegaard’s work is a blend of horror, literary fiction, science fiction, and dark fantasy. He…


Kathleen Novak

Kathleen Novak is a poet and writer who grew up on the iron mining range of northern Minnesota, the granddaughter of Italian and Croatian immigrants. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she is the author of the highly praised novels Rare Birds, a NEMBA nominee released in 2017, and Do Not Find Me, which…


Mark Neužil

Mark Neužil (pronounced NEW-zhul) is professor of journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and the author, co-author, or editor of eight books. He received a B.A. in journalism and political science from Iowa State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Neužil is a frequent writer and…


Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 130 books for kids, including Lion of the Sky, the Can Be… series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice), BookSpeak! (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable), and Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten. Science and poetry are her first loves, and she enjoys mashing up different genres and styles.…


James Silas Rogers

James Silas Rogers is an editor and creative writer. His book of essays and poems about cemeteries, Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction. Four of his essays have been selected as a “notable” in the annual Best American Essays volume (and as…


Kaethe Schwehn

Kaethe Schwehn is the author of the post-apocalyptic novel The Rending and the Nest, the poetry collection Tanka & Me, and a memoir, Tailings. Her poems and prose can be found in journals such as Crazyhorse, Pleiades, jubilat, Witness, Minnesota Review, and the anthology Fiction on a Stick. She has been the recipient of a…


Jane St. Anthony

Jane St. Anthony’s first middle-grade book, The Summer Sherman Loved Me, was followed by Grace Above All, Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart (Minnesota Book Award Finalist and winner of the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for Young Adult and Middle Grade), and Whatever Normal Is. For several years St. Anthony has taught…


Sarah Stonich

Beginning with Vacationland, Stonich’s Northern Trilogy continued in September 2018 with the release of Laurentian Divide, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. Both have been chosen as community reads in a dozen cities. These Granite Islands was a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers pick with multiple translations, as was The Ice Chorus. Her Fishing…

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