Author Pages

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.

Kindra McDonald

Kindra McDonald is the author of Concealed Weapons (ELJ Publications, 2015).  Her poems have appeared in Muddy River Poetry Review, The Camel Saloon, Liturgical Credo and various anthologies.  She teaches poetry to children and adults at The Muse Writers Center and teaches the not as exciting kinds of writing to undergraduate students.  She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College and has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.  She can be found writing, baking and cat wrangling with her husband in Norfolk, VA.  

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.

Kelly Magee

Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language (UNT Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press 2016), and several collaborative works, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2017), written with Carol Guess. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Booth, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. She teaches creative writing and queer literature at Western Washington University. 
 

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.

Haley Lasché

Haley Lasché is a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and a college writing instructor. Her poems have appeared in lit mags, anthologies and websites such as Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Hartskill Review and Dossier Journal. She has her MFA from Hamline University.

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.

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