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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.

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones has been writing since high school, with a little digression into the practice of law. She is grateful for all health care providers and the abundance of support she receives from fellow writers, friends and family.

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.

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.

Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee is an assistant professor of English at Purdue University Northwest, where she teaches creative writing, theatre, professional writing, and composition. An active member of her community, she directs and performs in a variety of theatrical productions, facilitates recording and archiving of oral histories, helps to organize poetry readings and competitions, edits a student literary journal, and co-directs a writing and arts camp for area middle schoolers, among other activities. She lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband and sons.

Martin Barkley

Martin Barkley's fiction, poetry and reviews have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Texas Observer,  Arcadia Press, Work Literary Magazine, and Queen Mob's Teahouse. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Craig Ruhland

Craig Ruhland is a poet and all around creative spirit. He's built art sleds for the Powderhorn Art Sled Rally; acted in and supported movies for the 48-hour Film Festival; and wrote Sweet on America: the Twin Cities, a travel guide to bakeries in the Twin Cities. 

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