Author Pages

Dorothy Schlesselman

Dorothy Schlesselman was born in Iowa, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and educated at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Department of Art. Schlesselman has been inspired by Lake Superior’s wild beauty ever since her first year at Macalester, when she spent a snowy May weekend in Duluth. Lake Superior is featured in many of the poems in her chapbook, This Wild Country, published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press. Dorothy’s poems also appear in A Little Book of Abundance, released by Red Bird Chapbooks in 2016. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon is a freelance paintress living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul.  She loves working with writers, painting their words.  She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Susan is currently the editor and cartoonist for Sleet Magazine, an online literary journal.

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.  

Alison Morse

Alison Morse’s prose and poetry have appeared in Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, Water~Stone Review, Natural Bridge, Rhino, The Pedestal, The Potomac and mnartists.org, among other journals and anthologies. Her story, “The Truth About ‘The Lead Plates at the Romm Press,’” won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award.  The Women Peacemakers Program at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice published three of her non-fiction narratives.

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. 
 

James Croteau

In the fall of 2016, when this chapbook was about to be published, James M. Croteau was living and working in Kalamazoo, MI where he had been a professor at Western Michigan University since 1990.  Jim had grown up gay and Catholic in the south. In times of rapid change, he believed that remembering history was important, especially how we carry our history in tow.  Sadly, Jim died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 18, 2016.   He is survived by his partner of 31 years, Darryl Loiacano, and their two Labrador retrievers.

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.

Janet McCann

Janet McCann is an old Texas poet who has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1968. Journals publishing her poems include Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou'wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, etc. She has won five chapbook contests, sponsored by Pudding Publications, Chimera Connections, Franciscan University Press, Plan B Press, and Sacramento Poetry Center.

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