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Nate Patrin

Nate Patrin is a St. Paul resident and cultural critic specializing in popular music. Since the late 1990s, his work has appeared in sites...
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Jeremy Norton

Jeremy Norton is a proud Washington, DC native. He’s received degrees from two universities in the Boston area despite a thorny relationship with the...
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Emily Strasser

Emily Strasser’s first book, Half-Life of a Secret, is a deeply researched memoir that traces her journey to reckon with the toxic legacies of...
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Pete Kero

Pete Kero is an author, speaker, and environmental engineer. His work focuses on the intersection of people, industry, and the environment. Kero was the...
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Mary K. Tennis

After a childhood marked by culinary curiosity and travel, Mary Tennis began writing about food in 2001 as a regular columnist in Duluth's Ripsaw...
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Jody Lulich

Jody Lulich is a professor of veterinary internal medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is a renowned educator and clinician, has published over...
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John Rosengren

John Rosengren is a freelance journalist and Pulitzer nominee who's written for The Atlantic, GQ, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post...
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Simon Hargreaves

Simon Hargreaves has been telling stories his whole life: as a photographer, as a filmmaker, and as a novelist. He's moved across the country...
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Teresa Wilhelm Waldof

Teresa Waldof is the world's leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project. Her book, Wilhelm's Way: The Inspiring Story of...
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Ayaan Adan

Ayaan Adan is a UX designer, organizer, and author of Daughters of Arraweelo: Stories of Somali Women. She is a graduate of the University...

Elizabeth Verdick

Elizabeth Verdick writes a mix of nonfiction and fiction for children. Her main reading audience is toddlers and preschoolers. She has also written nonfiction for elementary-age kids. Verdick is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she has taught picture-book writing classes and done manuscript critiques to…
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Nancy O’Brien Wagner

Nancy O’Brien Wagner is a historian and partner at Bluestem Heritage Group, a museum consulting firm. In addition to her consulting work, she works as an independent writer. Her article “Awfully Busy these Days” about the role of Minnesota Red Cross women in France during World War I was a winner of the Solon J.…
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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. She is the author of the chapbook Night Vision, and the full-length collections Wilder, Redmouth, and the forthcoming Meltwater. Her work has most recently appeared in,…
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Roberta Walburn

Roberta Walburn is a Minneapolis attorney who has been named among the most influential members of the legal profession in state history and recognized by the University of Minnesota for “shaping the legal landscape for the benefit of society.” Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Star Tribune and as a legislative assistant to…
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Teresa Wilhelm Waldof

Teresa Waldof is the world’s leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project. Her book, Wilhelm’s Way: The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved the Manhattan Project, was winner of the 2023 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction. An expert in building collaborative, high-performance teams, Waldof is a dynamic speaker…
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Maya Washington

Maya Washington is an award-winning multi-hyphenate artist: writer, poet, director, narrative and documentary filmmaker (writer/director/producer), actress, creative director, visualist (photography), and arts educator. Her award-winning film, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, about her father, Vikings football legend Gene Washington, premiered on PBS in 2022. Her memoir, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar:…
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Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is the author of the picture books Behold! A Baby (a 2016 Minnesota Book Award finalist), The Wee Hours, and Best Friends in the Universe (a 2019 Minnesota Book Award finalist). Her middle-grade novels include Pencilvania (named one of the best books of 2021 by the New York Public Library), and Elvis and…
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Frank Weber

Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist who completes assessments in homicide and sexual assault cases. He is the recipient of the MCA President’s Award for his forensic work. His work has ranged from assessing murderers chained to a prison basement floor to providing therapy for wealthy professionals who’ve engaged in multiple affairs. In addition to…
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Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of The New York Times bestselling series The Books of Elsewhere, the Schneider Family Award Honor Book The Collectors, the middle grade mystery Digging Up Danger, and the middle grade ghost story/mystery Long Lost, as well as the YA novels Dreamers Often Lie and Last Things. A four-time Minnesota Book…
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Virginia Wright-Peterson

Virginia Wright-Peterson specializes in revealing untold narratives, especially the hidden stories of women. Her most recent book, A Woman’s War, Too reveals the roles taken by women from Minnesota during WWII, when they served in all branches of the military, and in industry, the home, and the community. Their heroism has not been adequately recognized.…
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