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Presenter Biographies

2016 Speakers

The 2016 festival runs from Oct. 20-22 and will take place primarily on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus.

Sarah Monette (Katherine Addison)

Sarah Monette

Sarah Monette, who has also written under the name Katherine Addison, grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She earned her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.. She has published more than fifty short stories including two short story collections: The Bone Key (Prime Books, 2007–with a second edition published in 2011) and Somewhere Beneath Those Waves (Prime Books, 2011). She has co-written three novels with Elizabeth Bear, the last of which, An Apprentice to Elves, was published in October 2015. Other novels include Melusine (2005), The Mirador (2007), and Corambis (2009), all published by Ace. Her latest novel, The Goblin Emperor, was written under the name Katherine Addison and came out from Tor in April 2014. Sarah currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin.

John Jodzio

John Jodzio

John Jodzio is a winner of the Loft McKnight Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney’s, and One Story. He’s the author of three short story collections -- the recently released Knockout (Soft Skull Press, 2016) as well as If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home and Get In If You Want To Live.

David J. Daniels

David J. Daniels

David J. Daniels is the author of Clean (Four Way Books, 2014) winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize and finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Breakfast in the Suburbs (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012) and Indecency (Seven Kitchens Press, 2013), selected by Elena Georgiou as co-winner of the 2012 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. He has received fel lowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Stadler Center for poetry at Bucknell, and Kenyon Review. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Pleiades, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and Indiana Review. He teaches in the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.

Hazel & Wren

Hazel & Wren

Hazel & Wren is a literary community that fosters an inclusive (and quirky) forum in which writers and artists can have in-depth conversations about the writing life, respond to social and cultural experiences, and offer constructive critiques of each other’s work. The Hazel & Wren website is a practical resource and source of inspiration for the creative community. They also host and collaborate with other organizations at in-person events that focus on building community and connecting writers and artists, such as open mics, speed-dating for writing critique partners, readings, a nd more.