Author Pages

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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