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Gary Kaunonen

Gary Kaunonen, Ph.D., is a historian of culture, labor, and immigration and a documentary filmmaker based in Willmar, MN. He is author of four books, including the 2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award winner, Fanned Flames: A History of the 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike, and two award-winning books about Michigan, Challenge Accepted: A Finnish Immigrant…
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Christopher Lehman

Christopher P. Lehman is a professor of Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. His work has appeared in Minnesota History magazine and in periodicals for county-level historical societies throughout Minnesota. His book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders…
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Forrest Peterson

Forrest Peterson is the author of three novels, most recently The Swineherd’s Angel. He received a B.A. in history from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years and state of Minnesota public information…
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Genny Zak Kieley

Kieley has been writing nonfiction memoir, history, and nostalgia for more than 30 years. She meets with two writers groups regularly and has a warm, often humorous, hometown style of writing.
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Gene Stark

Gene Stark writes fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and has written a children’s book. His writing is local, rural, and outdoors-oriented. Minnesota and local interest predominate his writing. Stark’s audience is comprised of the folks who live and work in Flyover Country. He has been a teacher, farmer, and a grower and propagator of native…
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Bill Meissner

Bill Meissner is the author of two short story collections (one from Random House Publishers), five books of poetry, and a novel, Spirits in the Grass, which won the Midwest Book Award.
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