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William Reichard

William Reichard is a writer, editor, and educator. He has published six poetry collections, most recently, The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems. Three of his previous collections were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Reichard is the editor of the anthology, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, and he revised and edited The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s, an award-winning memoir by the late Ricardo Brown. Reichard lives in Saint Paul.

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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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Ethna McKiernan

Ethna McKiernan has been twice awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant in poetry. Her first book was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award and her work has been widely anthologized, including in Notre Dame’s Book of Irish American Poetry, 33 Minnesota Poets, and more. McKiernan holds an MFA from Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her fourth book, Swimming With Shadows, is due from Salmon Poetry in spring 2019. McKiernan works in Street Outreach for a non-profit serving the Minneapolis homeless population. In an earlier life, she was CEO of Irish Books and Media, Inc.

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Freya Manfred

Freya Manfred has nine collections of poetry. Her sixth collection, Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. Her ninth and most recent collection is Loon in Late November Water. A longtime Midwesterner who has lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Her second memoir is Raising Twins: A True Life Adventure.

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Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, surrounded by library books and cats. She’s published nearly 140 books for children and young adults. Four to the Pole (co-authored with polar explorer Ann Bancroft) and The LAST Day of Kindergarten were Minnesota Book Award finalists. Her Writer’s Toolbox Series received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Loewen has also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, and the Society of School Librarians International. She lives in Saint Paul and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She likes to read, cook, take long walks, and photograph oddities from thrift stores.

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Athena Kildegaard

Athena Kildegaard grew up in St. Peter, Minnesota, and, after having lived in Chicago, Austin TX, Oxford MS, New Orleans, and central Mexico, now lives and teaches in western Minnesota. Her poems have been set to music by Linda Kachelmeier, Libby Larsen, Jake Endres, and others. She has experience teaching people of all ages, is a regular speaker (usually about poetry), and loves spreading the word about the power of poetry.

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Mindy Mejia

Mindy Mejia’s internationally acclaimed heartland noir novels have been translated into over 20 languages. She’s the author of The Dragon Keeper and Everything You Want Me to Be, which was a People Best New Books Pick and listed in The Wall Street Journal Best New Mysteries. Her latest novel, Leave No Trace, received a Barry Award nomination and was a 2019 Minnesota Book Award finalist. A graduate of the Hamline University MFA program, Mejia lives and works in the Twin Cities.

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Claire Wahmanholm

Claire Wahmanholm received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, her MFA from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Her chapbook, Night Vision, won the 2017 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest. Her debut full-length collection, Wilder, won the 2018 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Her second collection, Redmouth, is forthcoming in 2019. Her poems have most recently appeared in, or are forthcoming from, West Branch, The Southeast Review, The Louisville Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Paris-American, Fairy Tale Review, New Poetry from the Midwest 2017, Saltfront, PANK, Bennington Review, The Collapsar, DIAGRAM, Best New Poets 2015, Handsome, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Journal, The Kenyon Review Online, and Third Coast. She lives and teaches in the Twin Cities.

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Tim Nolan

Tim Nolan is a lawyer and poet living in Minneapolis. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and many other magazines. He has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Forward Poetry Prize. Nolan’s three books – The Sound of It, And Then, and The Field, are all from New Rivers Press.

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Su Smallen Love

Su Love is the author of six collections of poetry; she previously published as Su Smallen. Her work has been recognized with, notably, the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize and residencies with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station and Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota and the Unamuno Author Series in Madrid. Love is a 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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