Author Pages

Joan Johnson

In her senior years, Joan Johnson resumed writing––forsaken during child rearing and career building. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, close to her family, and looks forward to her first chapbook, An Alphabet for Aging, from Red Bird Chapbooks in 2016.

Nancy Christensen

After retirement, Nancy Christensen took a writing survey course at The Loft Literary Center and got hooked on poetry. She considers the discipline of the writing group and the support of fellow writers a wellspring of immeasurable benefit in honing craft.

Andy Hjelmeland

As a young man, Andy Hjelmeland spent many years in correctional facilities. He first began to write in prison, and has published articles in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Nation, Mother Earth News, Mpls-St Paul Magazine, and Sports Literate. His books for young readers include Drinking and Driving, Kids in Jail, and Prisons.  He lives in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Taylor Brorby

Taylor Brorby is an essayist and environmentalist. He's received grants and fellowships from St. Olaf College, Hamline University, The Ecumenical Institute of St. John's University, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. His work has appeared in Sleet Magazine, Orion, the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, Augsburg Fortress Press, and others.

JoAnn Bren Guernsey

JoAnn Bren Guernsey is the author of nineteen books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, she collaborated with photographer Jim Brandenburg to write four award-winning children’s books. Her short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Erotica  of 1997. She received a McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2003 for the novel-in-progress that, after years of revision, became Glass Asylum, published in 2011 by North Star Press.

Don Brunnquell

Don Brunnquell is a psychologist and bioethicist as well as poet. He believes reading and writing poetry has helped him remain centered in the abundant experiences of living. 

Holly Dowds

Holly Dowds discovered poetry late in life, following a brain injury, and credits her abundant writing with helping the healing process. Six of her poems appear in literary publications.

Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse receives great joy from guiding the poetry workshop for the good people and talented writers featured in this chapbook. Nodin Pess brought out Between Us, her fifth collection of poetry, in 2016.

Sharon Hilberer

Sharon Hilberer is a long-time teacher of English as a Second Language who finds abundant inspiration with writers, activists, and children. Often beginning with shreds of remembered or overheard conversations, her poems lead to unexpected places.

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