2012 Authors

Diane Ackerman

Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including A Natural History of the Senses and One Hundred Names for Love. Her recent memoir, The Zookeeper's Wife, received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as "a groundbreaking work of nonfiction, in which the human relationship to nature is explored in an absolutely original way through looking at the Holocaust.

Jerry Apps

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. Jerry is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal.

James Balog

Balog is the author of six books, including Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife, which was widely hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. Recent work includes the Extreme Ice Survey, a project that brings image-makers and scientists together to create a photographic record of global climate change.

Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel's passion is to help people move more fully into life on mental, physical, and emotional levels. Baniel's Move Into Life: the Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality (2009) provides an in-depth guide to her method. Her next book, Kids Beyond Limits: the Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child with Special Needs will be available in spring of 2012.

Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe is known for his well-told stories that often combine elements of folklore, action, fantasy, and science fiction. He is the author of the popular detective/fantasy series featuring Eddie LaCrosse, a "private sword jockey" who seems to end up with a tricky mystery to solve no matter what case he takes on.

Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, a New York Times paperback best seller and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2010.  She writes for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Slate,  The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and Time magazine.

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Boeshaar is known for her historical and contemporary Christian romance fiction. Threads of Hope (2012), her latest book, follows the story of Kristin Eikaas, a young immigrant woman who comes to Wisconsin in 1848. Her stories with contemporary settings include Love Finds You in Mracle Kentucky (2009) and the collection Heartland Heroes (2010). She also writes inspirational non-fiction.

Royce Boyles

Wisconsin native Royce Boyles has a history of professional involvement with the Green Bay Packers. He has worked as a Green Bay TV sports anchor, co-hosted the Packers coach's show in the 1970s, and written two books with former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson.

Judy Bridges

Judy Bridges is the author of Shut Up & Write! and the founder of Redbird Studio writing center in Milwaukee, WI, where she offered 3-5 workshops a week and mentored hundreds of published writers.She is currently working on a collection of family stories titled, You Drive, You're too Drunk to Sing.

Sarah Busse

Poet Sarah Busse co-edits, with Wendy Vardaman, the poetry magazine Verse Wisconsin. Busse's own poems have appeared in print and online publications, such as The Dark Horse, Dogwood, qarrtsiluni, and Think Journal. Her chapbooks of poetry include Quiver (2009) and Given These Magics (2010).

Brenda Cárdenas

Poet Brenda Cárdenas, a Wisconsin native, is known for her writing that plays with language and brings forward unusual connections. She often writes in a mixture of Spanish and English and has explained she looks for "the interconnectedness and juxtapositions of difference and similarity between seemingly disparate peoples, events, places, and experiences."

Chuck Carlson

Newspaper reporter and editor Chuck Carlson has written extensively about the Green Bay Packers, and his latest book on the subject, Tales from the Green Bay Packers Sideline: a Collection of the Greatest Packers Stories Ever Told (2011), contains stories about the team history and the legendary men, both on and off the field, who have made the Packers great.

Cliff Christl

Wisconsin native Cliff Christl has had a long and distinguished career as a sportswriter, working for newspapers in Manitowoc, Green Bay, and Milwaukee. He has covered professional sports and teams, in particular the Green Bay Packers, and also had a special interest in writing about high school football.

Tom Clark

Tom Clark may be known for his quick wit, spirited banter and love of junk food on ZORBA PASTER ON YOUR HEALTH. But that's just part of Tom's story. Listeners in Wisconsin are as used to hearing him joust with policy-makers and politicos, as with the good doctor Paster.

Carol Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark is the author of fourteen previous bestselling Regan Reilly mysteries. She is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a bestselling holiday mystery series. Also an actress, Carol Higgins Clark studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and has recorded several of her mother's works as well as her own novels.

Cathryn Cofell

Cathryn Cofell's poems and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of five poetry chapbooks, most recently Kamikaze Commotion (2008). Her latest project is Lip (2010), a CD of her poetry set to the music of Obvious Dog (Bruce Dethlefsen and Bill Orth).

John Coy

John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, and Around the World. John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback, his first young adult novel,is about high school football and his second, Box Out, is about high school basketball.

Laura Damon-Moore

Laura is the Youth Services Librarian for the Edgerton Public Library in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and is a co-founder and project manager for the Library as Incubator Project, an organization that promotes and facilitates connections between writers, artists, performers, and libraries.

Adam Davis

Adam is the editor of Taking Action: A Reader (2011), Hearing the Call across Traditions (2009) and the co-editor, with Elizabeth Lynn, of The Civically Engaged Reader (2006). Several years ago, Adam created "Justice Talking/Meaning of Service," a discussion program for AmeriCorps and other service organizations across the country.

William Deresiewicz

Deresiewicz is a highly respected essayist, literary and cultural critic, and former associate professor of English at Yale. He is a contributing writer for The Nation and a contributing editor for The New Republic. His novel is entitled A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.

Bruce Dethlefsen

Bruce Dethlefsen has been appointed Wisconsin Poet Laureate for the two-year term of 2011 and 2012. His mission is to promote poets and poetry in Wisconsin, and one of his goals is to help communities across the state establish local poetry reading series at libraries, schools, or coffee houses.

Kathleen Ernst

Kathleen Ernst’s Chloe Ellefson/Historic Sites mysteries are rooted in her time spent as a curator at Old World Wisconsin, the historic site near Eagle.  Old World Murder (2010) and The Heirloom Murders (2011) will soon be followed by The Lightkeeper’s Legacy, set in Door County.

Fabu

Fabu, a gifted poet, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison with one Master’s in African Languages and Literature and another Master’s in Afro-American Studies. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Black Books Bulletin, The Wisconsin Academy Review, UMOJA magazine, Rosebud Magazine, The Madison Times, and The Capital City Hues.

Steven Faulkner

Steven Faulkner teaches Creative Writing at Longwood University, a beautiful school in the forested hills of southern Virginia. He has published essays in DoubleTake, Wisconsin Trails magazine, Southern Humanities Review, Dos Passos Review and other journals.

James Feldman

A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands by James Feldman is an examination of the unique intersection of human activity, the physical environment, and the changing values we place on each of them. The book tells the history of people's interaction with the Apostle Islands.

Jean Feraca

Jean Feraca is an award-winning poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her memoir, I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio, was selected as the winner of the 2007 Kingery/Derleth Booklength Nonfiction Award, sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

Amy Frykholm

Amy Frykholm examines issues of spirituality, culture, and religion for publications such as The Christian Century and Relief Magazine: a Quarterly Christian Expression. In addition to writing articles and blog posts, she has written three highly praised nonfiction books. The books are diverse in topic and, as her website states, range "in subject matter from the end times to medieval mysticism to contemporary sexuality."

Jay Gilbertson

Wisconsin author Jay Gilbertson spent time working in the hotel industry in Florida and running his own salon in Minnesota before he turned to writing. He had noticed many of his salon clients were successful, happy, single women, but their lives were not reflected in today's books. As Gilbertson explains, he started writing fiction in order to focus on these positive women.

Kathie Giorgio

The Home for Wayward Clocks (2011) is the first published novel by Wisconsin author Kathie Giorgio. Giorgio's writing is noted for the intense and honest tone she uses to create a world of complexity. She is also known for her short story writing and has had stories published in such journals as Fiction International, Dos Passos Review, Harpur Palate, Ars Medica, and Potomac Review.

Henry Golde

Henry Golde spent five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps; today he lives to tell his remarkable story of survival. His book, Ragdolls, tells the story of experiencing the horror of the murder factories and slave-labor camps throughout Nazi Europe.

Steven Hager

Hager has remained one of the most visible and active proponents of marijuana legalization, and has campaigned extensively on the social, political, economic and judicial reasons he feels Marijuana should be legalized. Hager is the author of several books, including "The Octopus Conspiracy" (Trine Day), and producer/director of several feature-length documentaries, including "The Cannabis Cup" (Koch Entertainment).

Holly Harden

Holly Harden is a writer for Garrison Keillor and his popular Saturday night Minnesota Public Radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Each week, Harden draws on her years of living in Wisconsin and Minnesota to explore the patterns of small town life.

Ted Hertel

Ted Hertel, a lawyer in Milwaukee, has won a number of awards for his short stories, including the Robert L. Fish Award for his story, "My Bonnie Lies . . . " That story was also nominated for an Anthony and a Macavity, major awards in the mystery field. He reviews crime novels, mysteries, and thrillers for Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News.

Victoria Houston

Victoria Houston is the author of the popular Loon Lake mystery series featuring female Chief of Police Lewellyn Ferris and retired dentist Paul Osbourne, both of whom are avid fly fishermen. Houston grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and has returned there to live and write.

Jeanette Hurt

Award-winning Wisconsin author Jeanette Hurt specializes in food, wine, and travel writing. She is also the cheese contributor for "Good Fermentations" on Milwaukee Public Radio's program Lake Effect. Hurt is the author or co-author of a number of books, including: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine and Food Pairing (2010) and The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide (2009).

Rana Husseini

As a Jordanian woman journalist writing for the Jordan Times, Rana Husseini has focused on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor. Her coverage of and dedication to ending this unjustified practice against women helped raise national awareness on a topic that is traditionally considered taboo.

Karla Huston

Karla Huston has published poetry, reviews and interviews in many national journals including 5 A.M., Margie, North American Review, One Trick Pony, Pearl, Poet Lore, Rattle and others. Her poem “Theory of Lipstick” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and appears in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (2012).

Julie Hyzy

Anthony and Barry Award winner Julie Hyzy is the national bestselling author of the White House Chef Mystery series featuring the intrepid Olivia (Ollie) Paras, and the Manor House Mystery series featuring mansion curator Grace Wheaton.

Ed Janus

In 2007 Ed created a series of audio profiles of today's dairy farmers and cheesemakers for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.  While preparing these stories, he realized that it is impossible to understand the present without examining the deeper soil of the past from which it has grown.  Creating Dairyland is the culmination of this work.

Helen C. Johannes

Wisconsin author Helen C. Johannes' debut novel The Prince of Val-Feyridge won the 2011 EPIC Award for Fantasy Romance. A medieval-style quest, The Prince of Val-Feyridge explores themes relevant to today -- prejudice builds walls; working side-by-side tears them down.

Brianna Karp

Deeply compassionate and darkly funny, Brianna Karp's unforgettable memoir, The Girl's Guide to Homelessness, celebrates the courage and creativity of lives society would otherwise stigmatize. Karp began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with other homeless people whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.

Trish Kirk

Author Trish Kirk is well known for writing children's storybooks that are heartwarming and entertaining, as well as educational. Trish has authored three books revolving around black bears. Trish Kirk dedicates her life to promoting kindness and compassion for animals.  She is currently an Educational Outreach Coordinator for the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota.

Ellen Kort

Ellen Kort was Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, serving from 2000-2004. She is the author of 11 books and 8 collections of poetry. Ellen's work has been featured in a variety of anthologies and incorporated architecturally in downtown Milwaukee's Midwest Express Center, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and the Fox River Mall. 

Sandra Kring

Sandra Kring lives in Wisconsin. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a BookSense Notable Pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award nominee. The Book of Bright Ideas was a 2006 Target Bookmarked™ selection and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list in 2007.

Linda Lange

Linda Lange grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the era when Vince Lombardi coached the Packers.  She has worked in broadcasting and as a copywriter in ad sales promotion for U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Incomplete Passes is her first book.

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of Amish country—Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning.

Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, The New York Times and Times of London, The New Yorker and Paris Review and elsewhere. The Undertaking was a finalist for the National Book Award; he is also the author of Bodies in Motion and at Rest, Still Life in Milford, Booking Passage, and Apparition & Late Fictions.

Morganne MacDonald

Morganne MacDonald (who writes under the name Leigh Morgan) is known for her romances that feature strong, independent women who are at turning points in their lives. In addition to themes of love and family, the martial arts play an important role in MacDonald's Dojo Chronicles books: Sparring Partners (2010) and Fighting Fate (soon-to-be released).

Mad Dog & Merrill

Nationally recognized and self-proclaimed Grillologists, Mad Dog & Merrill, entertain and educate thousands of backyard enthusiasts every year with the finer points of grilling cuisine. Mad Dog & Merrill travel the country performing in front of live audiences, writing cookbooks and making videos to show people how easy it is to be creative and entertain in their own backyard.

John McFadden

John T. McFadden is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ who served in parish ministry for 34 years, including 23 years as senior pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton. He and his wife, Dr. Susan H. McFadden, are co-authors of Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship and Flourishing Communities.

Larry Meiller

Radio talk show host Larry Meiller can be heard every weekday from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio as he discusses environmental and consumer issues, gardening, and helpful "how-to" topics with his guests. 

John Jackson Miller

Wisconsin author John Jackson Miller has written many media-related novels, graphic novels, and games. He is the author of two Star Wars novels from Del Rey including Star Wars: Knight Errant and the upcoming Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, releasing in July. He has written the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comics series since the beginning, and currently writes the Star Wars: Knight Errant companion comics to the prose novel.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel combines her love of writing with her love of romances and happy endings to create her stories. Second chances and life in a small town are features of her books in the Welcome to Redemption series. Netzel lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children.

Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is best known for her very popular children's books featuring the character Nancy. The first book in this series, Fancy Nancy (2005), introduces Nancy, a cheerful little girl who adores everything glamorous, sparkly, and just plain "fancy." Since the publication of that title, numerous picture books and books for young readers have followed in the series, and several of the Fancy Nancy books have reached number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Bill Ott

Bill Ott, former Menasha educator, is the as-yet-unpublished author of over 10 crime and western novels, taking a diversion at times to craft picture books and English sonnets.  He writes for the love of writing. Bill will share his development of character, plot and style.

Zorba Paster

The Chicago native first appeared on radio as a guest expert on Wisconsin Public Radio's statewide newsmagazine, MORNING PEOPLE, with Tom Clark. The two clicked, and Zorba became a regular guest on Clark 's statewide, morning drive-time call-in show. They were so well received, WPR teamed the two for a weekly, national talk show, ZORBA PASTER ON YOUR HEALTH.

Jerry Peterson

Jerry Peterson is the author of the James Early Mysteries series of crime novels. Book 1, Early's Fall, came out in 2009, and Book 2, Early's Winter, will in spring 2012. Peterson is also writing a second series, the Thou Shalt Not Murder series. Book 1, The Watch, will be published this spring and Book 2, Rage, will come out in the fall.

Steven Polansky

Steven Polansky's novel, The Bradbury Report, is praised for its "language of stunning beauty" that "presents a provocative vision of the American future and creates a haunting story of love and friendship and self-discovery." Set in 2071, The Bradbury Report is about a man who meets his clone, becomes involved in government resistance, and develops a deeper understanding of humanity.

Kris Radish

Kris Radish is known to many because of her nationally syndicated columns, but she has also won a strong following of readers addicted to her funny, heartfelt, and empowering feminist fiction. With her beloved novels like Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn, Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral, and The Sunday List of Dreams, Radish is now a major personality in both the journalistic and the literary worlds.

Jess Riley

Jess Riley's highly praised debut novel Driving Sideways has been called "hugely entertaining" and "very touching" as well as a "funny, picaresque vision of America." This entertaining book tells the story of Leigh Fielding, a 28 year-old kidney transplant recipient, who sets off on a road trip in order to find herself, her kidney donor's family, and the mother who abandoned her years ago. Driving Sideways was a finalist in the 2005 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.

Donna Marie Rogers

Donna Marie Rogers loves romances and stories with happy endings. With fellow author Stacey Joy Netzel, she has created the Welcome to Redemption series, books that are set in small-town Wisconsin. Rogers lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

Peter & Connie Roop

Peter and Connie Roop are award-winning authors of over 100 children’s books.  Their popular books, over three million sold, are for readers K-8 including history, biography, science, nature, humor, and historical fiction. These dynamic speakers share their passion for reading and writing with students nationally.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin where long winters and lack of cable television brought about a love of reading and writing. His mother read to him as a child, and his father taught him to build things. If you are looking for the roots of his storytelling, look there. In 2002 a piece of Pat's novel, cleverly disguised as a short story, won first place in the Writers of the Future contest. Pat's story, The Road to Levinshir, was published in Volume 18 of their anthology.

Chuck Rybak

Chuck Rybak lives in Wisconsin and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay.  He is the author of two chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Through and Liketown.  His full-length collection, Tongue and Groove, was released in 2007 by Main Street Rag.

Paul Salsini

Journalist Paul Salsini’s first work of fiction, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany, was published in 2006 and won First Place in Fiction from both the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Its sequel, Sparrow’s Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany, was published in 2008. Dino’s Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany, the last of “A Tuscan Trilogy” was published in 2010.

Charles Schoenfeld

After retiring from a 27 year job as a truck driver, Charles Schoenfeld went to work at North Central Health Care (NCHC), providing care to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of the book, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Dementia Ward.

Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon is an award-winning author and nationally known public speaker. She is best known for her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Riding The Bus With My Sister, which was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the same name. Her recent book, The Story of Beautiful Girl, is an unforgettably moving love story about the improbable odds faced by a couple with disabilities and a lost child.

Lester Smith

Lester Smith is a former sheet-metal worker turned professional game designer turned educational writer. Along the way he has served as a National Guard medic, acquired a Practical Nursing license, taught college-level English, won some poetry awards, served as president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and launched the micropublishing house Popcorn Press.

Kelly Parks Snider

Kelly Parks Snider explores contemporary social issues through art. Snider is the author and illustrator of the children's book, Zilly, a modern-day fable, and co-founder of projectgirl.org.

Tom Stenklyft

In The House that Billie Built, Wisconsin native Tom Stenklyft adds volunteerism to his credentials as writer and nationally known speaker. This is the inspirational story of Billie Pollard who, at age 60, began a 35 year career bringing the gift of literacy to the foreign born.

Scott Stoll

Scott Stoll asked himself a question: “If I could do anything, what would I do?” His answer resulted in a quest for happiness and the meaning of life around the world on a bicycle (25,742 miles, 4 years, 50 countries, 6 continents & 4 moments of enlightenment). His adventures are chronicled in his independent, best-selling book Falling Uphill, a tale described as having moments from pure survival to pure enlightenment.

Anne Strainchamps

She's been a news reporter, editor and producer.  In 1985, Strainchamps joined Wisconsin Public Radio, producing interviews for the network's news magazines. She later added reporting duties and was named assistant director of current affairs before helping launch To the Best of Our Knowledge in 1990. She joined the show's team of interviewers in 1997.

James Strauss

James Strauss writes for the television series House. He's also written a pre-history novel, The Boy, that Disney Studios will film as The Mastodons. And he's written a thriller, Bering Sea, that is awaiting publication. Strauss lives in Lake Geneva.

Bill Strickland

As president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Bill Strickland builds partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future. He's also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, which includes his story of how a kid from Pittsburgh's ghetto would go on to lecture at Harvard and serve on the National Endowment of the Arts board.

Bob Stutman

Bob has been the Special Consultant on substance abuse for both CBS and PBS. He has appeared regularly on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Today, Good Morning America. He was recently featured in the award winning PBS Frontline documentary entitled “The Drug Wars”. His best selling autobiography “Dead on Delivery” was published by Warner Books.

Nancy Sweetland

Wisconsin author Nancy Sweetland loves to write and her wide variety of publications attest to this fact. She has published 7 children's picture books, a chapter book for young readers, short fiction, poetry, feature articles, and the romance novel The Door to Love (2009). 

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson has more than twenty years’ experience in book publishing. A Door County native, she gained publishing experience in Minnesota and the East Coast before returning to her home state in 1999. As senior editor for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, she acquires manuscripts and develops, edits, and promotes books on Wisconsin history and culture.

The Unpolished Gems

The Unpolished Gems is a local writing group of the Fox Valley area; current members are: Alice Claypool, Amy DeBroux, Mary Pribbenow, Betty Smedlund, Jan Elias, Barbara Jo Gauthier, and Don Wydeven.  The group meets monthly to encourage writing and to critique each other’s works.

Wendy Vardaman

Wendy Vardaman, has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University. Co-editor and webmaster of Verse Wisconsin & its new-hatched fledgling, Cowfeather Press, her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared online and in a variety of anthologies and journals.

Melissa Westemeier

After receiving unsatisfactory grades in penmanship as a second-grader, Melissa Westemeier learned to type, earned a Master’s degree from UW-Madison, and became a writer. Monthly invitations to attend home parties inspired her novel Whipped, Not Beaten.  Other published work includes Writing in a Changing World (Bridle Path Press), poetry in Strong Verse, and various essays and articles.

Richard Yatzeck

Richard Yatzeck has been a member of the Lawrence University faculty since 1966, teaching courses on 19th and 20th-century Russian literature and Russian literary traditions. An avid outdoorsman, he has written extensively about his hunting and fishing experiences, including the 1999 book Hunting the Edges.

Diane Ackerman
Jerry Apps
James Balog
Anat Baniel
Alex Bledsoe
Deborah Blum
Andrea Boeshaar
Royce Boyles
Judy Bridges
Sarah Busse
Brenda Cárdenas
Chuck Carlson
Cliff Christl
Carol Higgins Clark
Tom Clark
Cathryn Cofell
John Coy
Laura Damon-Moore
Adam Davis
William Deresiewicz
Bruce Dethlefsen
Kathleen Ernst
Fabu
Steven Faulkner
James Feldman
Jean Feraca
Amy Frykholm
Jay Gilbertson
Kathie Giorgio
Henry Golde
Steven Hager
Holly Harden
Ted Hertel
Victoria Houston
Jeanette Hurt
Rana Husseini
Karla Huston
Julie Hyzy
Ed Janus
Helen C. Johannes
Brianna Karp
Trish Kirk
Ellen Kort
Sandra Kring
Linda Lange
Beverly Lewis
Thomas Lynch
Morganne MacDonald
Mad Dog & Merrill
John McFadden
Larry Meiller
John Jackson Miller
Stacey Joy Netzel
Jane O'Connor
Bill Ott
Zorba Paster
Jerry Peterson
Steven Polansky
Kris Radish
Jess Riley
Donna Marie Rogers
Peter & Connie Roop
Patrick Rothfuss
Chuck Rybak
Paul Salsini
Charles Schoenfeld
Rachel Simon
Lester Smith
Kelly Parks Snider
Tom Stenklyft
Scott Stoll
Anne Strainchamps
James Strauss
Bill Strickland
Bob Stutman
Nancy Sweetland
Kate Thompson
The Unpolished Gems
Wendy Vardaman
Melissa Westemeier
Richard Yatzeck

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