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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.

Andrea Spofford

Andrea Spofford writes poems and essays, some of which can be found or are forthcoming in Redactions, Red Paint Hill Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Vela Magazine, Revolver, Town Creek Poetry, and Kudzu Review, among others. Her first chapbook, Everything Combustible, is available from Dancing Girl Press. A native Californian transplanted to the South, Andrea is poetry editor of Zone 3 Press and Assistant Professor of Poetry at Austin Peay State University.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miriam Weinstein

Miriam Weinstein lives near Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2016, Finishing Line Press is publishing her chapbook, Twenty Ways of Looking. Her poetry is included in The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, among other publications.

Ann Schroeder

Ann Schroeder discovered her love of words, language and literature in college. Taking the poetry plunge with Margaret Hasse and friends has been a wonderful way to stay connected to her writer-self and publish poems in Soundings and Whistling Shade

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.

Alice Oleson

Alice Oleson is a writer and teacher living on the same river bluff to which she was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on the Mississippi. She is mother of Cece and Estella, daughter of Jim and Deb. Her writing is at times angry and slashing, but it is also emplaced, never letting go of the hands who gave her earth. This chapbook began as a search for a baby, a son. She will never stop seeing him find her. He will always be the red bird.

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