Author Pages

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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