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Michele Hauf

Award-winning author Michele Hauf has published over 90 novels in historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, as well as writing action/adventure as Alex Archer and erotica as Michele Renae. The launch author for numerous series at Harlequin, she likes writing in a variety of genres and instead of ‘writing what she knows’ prefers to write ‘what she would love to know and do’ (and yes, that includes being a jewel thief and/or a brain surgeon).

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Joan Marie Verba

Joan Marie Verba is an author, publisher, and web developer. An experienced writer, she is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets and Boldly Writing, as well as fiction such as Sword of Queens and Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, among many other books and short stories. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. She is the publisher at FTL Publications (ftlpublications.com).

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Tom Xavier

Tom Xavier is the award-winning author of Neffatira’s First Challenge, described by Kirkus Reviews as a “rousing series opener with equal portions of action and social commentary” and Dark Curses, Faerie Dreams, recipient of a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Seal in Juvenile Fiction, a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist, and a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards second-place winner in Middle Grade Fiction. Previously, Xavier was a writer on the innovative Women of Courage series of children’s recordings, recognized with a Minnesota Human Rights Award and the Twin Cities Mayor’s Public Art Award. When not writing novels, Xavier directs the nationally recognized Songs of Hope global music project for young artists aged 9 to 16.

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Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including MinnPost, City Pages, MAS Context, Apology, The Smudge, and Mpls. St.Paul. He is the founder of Birchwood Palace Industries, a publisher of artists books, zines, and other small-run printed novelties. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Raki Kopernik

Kopernik is a queer, Jewish fiction and poetry writer. She is the author of The Things You Left, The Memory House (a finalist for both the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award and the Minnesota Book Award), and The Other Body. Her work has been published in New Flash Fiction Review, Blue Lyra Review, El Balazo, Duende, and others. She has also been nominated and shortlisted for several other awards, including the Thirty West Chapbook Contest, the Black River Chapbook Contest, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award, and the Pushcart Prize for fiction. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Nancy Hedin

Nancy J. Hedin completed her MFA at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her novel, Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by the Golden Crown Literary Society and one of twenty-five books to read for Pride month by Barnes and Noble. Her second novel, Stray was released in August of 2019 and is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in novel and short stories. Hedin has been a pastor and a bartender at the same time. She has been a stand-up comic and a crisis social worker at the same time. She lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota with her wife and two daughters. (Author photo by Ryan Rodgers)

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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 Initiative grant, and a VSA Emerging Artist grant. D.’s first book, A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe was released in spring 2019. Using poetic and essayistic forms and a range of other artistic media, D.’s work explores the body, illness, disability, intimacy, the natural world, sexuality, and gender.

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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: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents, Third edition – winner of the Richard A. Meade Award. Her most recent book, Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning in Prison, draws from her experiences teaching college and creative writing courses in a high security prison for men.

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Denis Hauptly

Denis Hauptly is the author of five books including Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products. His books have been awarded an America Library Association Notable Book nomination among other awards. He is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Writing on the Constitution. A native of New Jersey, he is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in American Studies and has a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

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William O. Beeman

William O. Beeman is author or editor of more than 100 scholarly articles, 500 opinion pieces, and 14 books, including Language, Status and Power in Iran and The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. He has also written extensively on music and performance traditions in Western and non-Western traditions. Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has conducted research in the Middle East, Japan, and India for more than 40 years with special expertise in Iran and the Persian Gulf region. His expertise has been widely sought as advisor to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union.

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