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Barton Sutter

Bart Sutter is the only writer to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Among other honors, he has won a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant (Sweden), a Loft-McKnight Award, and the Bassine Citation from the Academy of American Poets. In 2006, he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. He has written for public radio, had four verse plays produced, and performs as one half of The Sutter Brothers – a poetry-and-music duo. He grew up in Roseau and Jackson Counties and has lived in Duluth for more than 30 years.

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Jill Kalz

Jill Kalz lives and writes in New Ulm, Minnesota. She is the author of The Winter Bees: Fiction, a collection of interconnected short stories set in rural southern Minnesota. Kalz has published poetry in the Nebraska Review, the Ohio Review, Cream City Review, and other magazines. Her short stories have appeared in American Fiction Vol. 15 and Minnesota Monthly. A 2008 Minnesota Book Award finalist and winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for her picture book Farmer Cap, Kalz is also the author of more than 70 children’s books. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and works as a children’s book editor.

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Wendy Webb

Dubbed Queen of the Northern Gothic by reviewers, Wendy Webb is the author of five novels of gothic suspense/mystery set in the Great Lakes region, The Tale of Halcyon Crane (Minnesota Book Award Winner, 2011), The Fate of Mercy Alban (Midwest Indie bestseller), The Vanishing, The End of Temperance Dare (Minnesota Book Award Winner, 2018), and Daughters of the Lake, a #1 Amazon bestseller. Webb lives in Minneapolis, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Mary Kay Rummel

Mary Kay Rummel grew up in Saint Paul. She attended St. Catherine University and the University of MN and is a professor emerita from the University of MN, Duluth. She also taught for Compas Writers-in-the Schools. Cypher Garden, her eighth book of poetry, was recently published. The Lifeline Trembles, won the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. Her first book, This Body She’s Entered, was a Minnesota Book Award winner. Love in the End was an award winner from Bright Hill Press. Teaching part of the year at California State University, Channel Islands, she divides her time between Fridley and Ventura, CA where she was named a Poet Laureate of Ventura County from 2014-2016. Her work has ten Pushcart nominations and appears in numerous national and regional literary journals and anthologies including Nimrod, Miramar, Luna, Spillway, Prairie Schooner, Water-Stone Review, Great River Review, and Gyroscope Review.

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Maureen Millea Smith

Maureen Millea Smith is a librarian at the Hennepin County Edina Library. She received her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Wyoming in English Literature. Her novel, When Charlotte Comes Home won the 2007 Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story. In 2015, her collection of linked short stories, The Enigma of Iris Murphy won the Tartt First Fiction Award and was published by the Livingston Press of the University of West Alabama.

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Barbara W. Sommer

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., has over 35 years of experience as a public historian and oral historian. She is the author of the award-winning book Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota. The book, which uses oral history to help tell the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, won a Minnesota Book Award and a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She also is the author and co-author of a number of books in the oral history field including The Oral History Manual (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard, the Community Oral History Toolkit, Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations, and Doing Veterans Oral History. She holds degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.

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Lynne Jonell

Lynne Jonell is an author (and occasional illustrator) of 17 books for children. From picture books to chapter books to middle-grade novels for ages 8-12 and 10-14, her books all have an element of fantasy: magical hamsters, talking cats, kid-sized planes with a secret fuel, rodents with special powers, time travel, and more. Her novel Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat won the Minnesota Book Award; her latest book, Time Sight, is an action-packed time-travel set at Castle Menzies in Scotland, the castle of her grandfather’s clan. She is married, has two grown sons, and lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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Andrew DeYoung

Andrew DeYoung is the author of The Exo Project, the winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

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Richard Terrill

Richard Terrill is the author of two collections of poems, Almost Dark and Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, winner of the Minnesota Book Award; as well as two books of creative nonfiction, Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz and Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Nonfiction. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin and Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Jerome Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as three Fulbright Fellowships. His work has appeared in journals such as Iowa Review, Georgia Review, North American Review, River Teeth, New Letters, and Crazyhorse. He is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State University Mankato, where he was Distinguished Faculty Scholar, and currently works as a jazz saxophone player with the Larry McDonough Quartet. He lives in New Hope.

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Thom Tammaro

For 34 years, Thom Tammaro taught English and writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he was one of the founders of the MFA in Creative Program which he directed for five years. In 2001, he was named the Roland and Beth Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2017. He is the recipient of three Minnesota Book Awards for anthologies he has edited. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, 23 Poems, Holding on for Dear Life, and When The Italians Came To My Hometown, a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award; and two chapbooks, 31 Mornings in December and Minnesota Suite. His poems, essays, reviews, and interviews with poets have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, among them American Poetry Review, The Bloomsbury Review, Chicago Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, College Composition and Communication, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Great River Review, Italian Americana, Midwest Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, Quarterly West, South Dakota Review, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.

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