Hannah Cushing is a high school English teacher in Intermediate District 287. She has filed away a BA in English and an MA in Education from Augsburg and is a current student at MSU in Mankato. She is a sometimes writer, an almost philosophy minor, a middle child of nine, a new Northsider, and an always learner.
Vina Kay is Director of Research and Policy at Organizing Apprenticeship Project. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School. She is a writer of poetry and creative nonfiction (vinakay.com), and a filmmaker working on a documentary called Building the Pink Tower, which reimagines schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Brian Lambert has been haunting Twin Cities publications and air waves since dinosaurs roamed the earth. The former media columnist for the Pioneer Press, former movie critic for KSTP-TV, former writer and blogger for The Rake (R.I.P.) and other publications, former rural Minnesota milk truck driver, former Senate advisor, former garden seed salesman and talk radio host has a nearly unslakable thirst for the sound of his own voice. We can only pity his long-suffering wife and two adult sons. Currently, in addition to ghost-writing and magazine work, he writes “The Glean” for MinnPost.com and also blogs at “The Same Rowdy Crowd,” where many of these pieces first appeared.
Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo Levins Morales is an artist, activist and trickster organizer originally from the mountains of western Puerto Rico (with the love of coffee to prove it). He uses his art to help community groups, unions and social justice movements achieve their goals and further their values. His art can be seen at RLM Art Studio.
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis. See http://www.guante.info for more, and follow on Twitter: @elguante
Matt Peiken spent 21 years as a staff writer with daily newspapers, the last 10 of them with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, before forging his own path. He founded the groundbreaking video arts program 3-Minute Egg and the online classical music magazine MNuet and, in 2012, produced “God Votes No,” a documentary video highlighting voices of faith supporting marriage equality in Minnesota. In June 2013, he moved to Cincinnati to join the staff of WCPO as an arts reporter.
Thadra Sheridan is a poet, performer and teacher who has been published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Skyway News, Moxie Magazine, Rattle and several anthologies. She has won awards for her writing from the Faulkner Society and the National League of American Pen Women. She has been a member of four Poetry Slam Teams, and her work has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Minnesota Public Radio and in venues across the country. She was the recent winner of the Jerome Foundation’s Verve grant for spoken word. She tends bar to pay rent and nurses a broken heart. She can be reached at Nym1993@aol.com.
Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer. The author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, she is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University. Yang is finishing up her second book Still, Fluttering Heart: The Second Album and beginning a venture into fiction.