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Thomas Maltman

Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an…
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Jon Lurie

Jon Lurie is the author of the memoir Canoeing with José and also the coauthor, with Clyde Bellecourt, of The Thunder Before the Storm, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Lurie has worked as a wilderness guide, as a teen mentor at a Native American journalism program, and as an editor at the Anchorage Press and The…
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D.B. Moon

D.B. Moon was born and raised in Saint Paul and was brought up to appreciate meat raffles and pull tabs, same as any fine St. Paulite worth his salt. He lives on a Minnesota lake and tries not to answer his door if at all possible. However, rumor has it he will let you buy…
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Dore Kiesselbach

Dore Kiesselbach earned his B.A. from Oberlin College, MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and J.D. from New York University. He has published two collections of poetry – Albatross and Salt Pier. His work has appeared in many magazines including FIELD, Poetry, AGNI, and The Poetry Review. His honors include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize,…
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Caren B. Stelson

Caren Stelson is a Minneapolis writer for children and young adults, with a passion for nonfiction. Her work explores stories that struggle with issues of war and peace. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story is such a book, revealing the horrors of nuclear war and Sachiko Yasui’s long arc toward peace. Stelson visited Nagasaki, Japan…
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Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the Newbery Medal. The Witch’s Boy received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards. Barnhill has been awarded writing fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The McKnight…
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Heid E. Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Her non-fiction memoir-in-recipes, Original Local, was a 2014 City Pages Top Food Book. She co-edited the anthology of Native American women’s writings Sister Nations and is editor of New Poets of Native Nations.…
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Pamela Carter Joern

Pamela Carter Joern is an award-winning author of three books and numerous journal publications. In Reach won the 2015 Nebraska Book Award for Fiction (short story) and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. The Plain Sense of Things was a Midwestern Booksellers Association Connections Pick, and The Floor of the Sky received a…
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Matt Rasmussen

Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which won the 2013 Walt Whitman Award, the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His poems have been published in The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Revolver, Paper Darts, Poets.org, and elsewhere. He received a 2014 Pushcart…
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Robert Spande

Robert Spande has worked as a 911 dispatcher for Minneapolis 911 for about 19 years. He wrote The Born and the Made over 10 years. When he was finished, he figured how to make a book from YouTube. As the publisher, he submitted his novel to the Minnesota Book Awards, where it became the first…
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