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Edith Karras

Edith Marie Karras has been taking pictures for more than 30 years and has lived in Minneapolis since 1985. Over the decades she has...
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Andrea Gilats

Andrea (Andy) Gilats is a Minnesota writer, educator, artist, and former yoga teacher who holds a Ph.D. in multicultural American studies from the Union...
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Heidi Barr

Heidi Barr is a writer and wellness coach whose work is founded on a commitment to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and...
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Carol Dines

Carol Dines’s new young adult novel, The Take-Over Friend, is a finalist for the Achevan Prize. Her recent adult fiction, a collection of stories,...
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Jennifer Fernjack

Jennifer Fernjack is an author and keynote speaker. Raised in Cloquet, MN, she currently resides in Spring Park, MN. She received her B.A. degree...
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A.G. Mayes

A.G. Mayes is a writer, developmental editor, and parking lot striper. She grew up believing in magic and still half expects someone to show...
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Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is the pen name of the writing team Stanley Trollip (pictured) and Michael Sears. Their award-winning mysteries, featuring Detective Kubu, are set...
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Crown Shepherd

Crown Shepherd is an author and reading advocate. She has dedicated her life to closing the illiteracy rate within the Black community. Shepherd believes...
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Hampton Smith

Hampton Smith is an independent researcher and writer with a specialty in mid-19th century America and Minnesota History. He was a reference librarian for...
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Amy Sullivan

Amy C. Sullivan, Ph.D., teaches women’s history, children’s history, and the history of medicine, especially where the intersection of race, class, and gender influence...

John Abraham

John Abraham is a published author and freelance journalist located in the Twin Cities, where he lives with his wife Mary and their cats Marble and Morrison. He has published two novels, Our Senior Year and Last Man on Campus.
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Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with her dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends, and good family. Ahiers…
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D. Allen

D. Allen is a queer and genderqueer poet and multidisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis. They completed an MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota in 2017 and are currently a 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. They have recently received a 2019 20% Theatre Company Q-STAGE: New Works Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist…
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Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson drew the first picture he can ever remember drawing when he was in kindergarten. It was a drawing of the Easter Bunny. When he finished it, he walked it down the hall and proudly presented it to Mr. Berhow, the principal of his school. Mr. Berhow displayed that picture on the wall of…
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Rebecca Ansari

After twelve years as an ER doctor, Rebecca K.S. Ansari shelved her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, an ALA 2020 Notable Children’s Book nominee, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her second…
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Gretchen Anthony

Gretchen Anthony is the award-winning author of The Kids Are Gonna Ask, recipient of the 2021 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Her debut novel, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, was a Midwestern Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured…
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Deborah Appleman

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies at Carleton College. She taught high school English for nine years before receiving her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She was also a visiting professor at Syracuse University and at the University of California, Berkeley. Appleman’s books include Critical Encounters in Secondary English:…
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Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35.…
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Swati Avasthi

Swati Avasthi (SWA-thee Of-US-thee) started writing when she was five, but she took a serpentine career path (working as domestic violence legal coordinator, law student, theater director, and stage manager) before she returned to writing. Her first book, Split, received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, and has been translated into four languages. Her…
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Karen Babine

Karen Babine is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer and Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life, both winners of the Minnesota Book Award for Memoir/Creative Nonfiction. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction…
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