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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...
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Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl has spent her career promoting literacy and the love of learning. She holds a M.S. in Education from Lesley University and a...
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Elizabeth Oness

Elizabeth Oness is a poet and fiction writer who lives on a biodynamic farm in Southeast Minnesota. Her poems and stories have appeared in...
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Leanne M. Benson

Leanne M. Benson is an author and illustrator of her premiere book, The Lion of Tupungato. Designing a book cover along with illustrations are...
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Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. She started writing science fiction and fantasy not long after she had finished reading all...
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Chris Norbury

Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the mystery-suspense-thrillers Straight River and Castle Danger. The stories feature Matt Lanier, a southern Minnesota farm-kid-turned-professional-musician whose...
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Julie Holmes

A writer since elementary school, award-winning author Julie Holmes has had short stories published in small press magazines such as The Galactic Citizen and...
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Lisa M. Bolt Simons

Lisa M. Bolt Simons has written more than 35 nonfiction children’s books. She's also published four middle grade “choose your path” novels as well...
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Lizbeth Selvig

Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, sexy-sweet contemporary romance. Her strong, fun, and funny characters don’t mind poking at societal norms even while finding their ways...
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Richard Robbins

Richard Robbins was raised in Southern California and Montana and has lived in Minnesota for 35 years. He has published six books including The...

Stephanie Wilbur Ash

Stephanie Wilbur Ash is the author of The Annie Year, a novel about a rural woman CPA who has an extra-marital affair with the new vocational agriculture teacher in town. A former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Ash was also one of the literary/musical comedians behind the Lit 6 Project (loud, drunken, funny, connected stories told…
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Leanne M. Benson

Leanne M. Benson is an author and illustrator of her premiere book, The Lion of Tupungato. Designing a book cover along with illustrations are important tools she uses to fully tell her stories. She received her Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She has enjoyed working to empower young people through several programs and…
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Candace Black

Candace Black grew up in southern California, often on U.S. Marine Corps bases. As a graduate student at the University of Montana, she studied with Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees. Her books of poetry include The Volunteer, Whereabouts, and the chapbook Casa Marina. Her nonfiction has appeared in several journals, including Pinyon, Great River Review,…
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Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl has spent her career promoting literacy and the love of learning. She holds a M.S. in Education from Lesley University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wartburg College. She taught for over 25 years and held administrative positions in higher education in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Minnesota. Bleckwehl grew up in…
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Scott Dominic Carpenter

Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (Minnesota). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018), he is the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety…
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Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Kirstin Cronn-Mills is a writer and teacher who lives in North Mankato with her family. She’s published both fiction and nonfiction for young adult readers. Three of her books have been finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards. Her novel, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award in 2014.
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Allen Eskens

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the…
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Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel is a nonfiction writer and the author of We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter. The book was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her essays have appeared in print and online publications, and she has written numerous books for the children’s nonfiction market. She…
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Geoff Herbach

Geoff Herbach is the author of ten books, many for young adult audiences, including the award-winning Stupid Fast series (one of the books, Nothing Special, won the Minnesota Book Award). He focuses on writing things for kids who don’t want to read (not a great commercial choice, maybe!). When not writing, Herbach is teaching writing.…
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Julie Holmes

A writer since elementary school, award-winning author Julie Holmes has had short stories published in small press magazines such as The Galactic Citizen and Fighting Chance. After graduating from the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Thief River Falls Technical College, she worked for a commuter airline at both Detroit’s DTW Airport and the MSP International…
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