Alt Lit Writers

Cassidy Swanson

Cassidy Swanson relishes the rise of Instagram poetry, which she believes has helped revitalize the way people view poetry. She poetry should be more inclusive and accessible. Individuals go through this world searching for a sense of belonging, and poetry is nothing if not a way to spark that magical feeling of being understood.

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Katherine Wallin

Katherine Wallin was born on the tall grass prairie in North Dakota. The habit of daily journaling, a love of poetry and literature, and something like a calling led to writing poetry. For her, writing poetry supports the creation of a mindful, contemplative life.

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Sandy Bot-Miller

Sandy Bot-Miller is an artist-poet with a desire to address a personal and planetary search for peace, beauty and meaning. Her love of working with fibers, oil pastels and words give her a way to express what she sees unfolding in her inner landscape as well as the...

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Tracy Rittmueller

Tracy Rittmueller is founder and Director of Lyricality. Her chapbook Relearning the Lullabies, was published by Heywood Press in 1994. In 2017, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily nominated her for a Pushcart award. She blogs about poetry and spirituality at TracyRittmueller.com.

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Mardi Knudson

Mardi Knudson has been writing poetry for 38 years. Each of her sons has a binder with an annual birthday poem in it! She has always enjoyed playing with words. As a retired educator she felt privileged to mentor young poets. She continues that passion at YAYA (Young Author/Young Artist conference) each May. She is a member of the Grand View Poets and loves sharing poems with the group.

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Juliana Howard

Juliana Howard is longtime resident of St. Cloud now living in St. Joseph. In 1987, she founded the CRAYONS, a group of children from area Catholic schools who performed and recorded her music. In the olden days, she wrote radio jingles, poetry, parody, lesson plans, and letters to the editor. She uses words to help process her life, exercise her brain, and delight herself.

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Mary Willette Hughes

Mary Willette Hughes is a two-time recipient (1998 and 2010) of Central Minnesota Arts Board Individual Artists Grant for Poetry. She was awarded a Public Service Award from the National Association of Poetry Therapy for her work in the St. Cloud Hospital’s Recovery...

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Larry Schug

Larry Schug is retired from a life of various kinds of physical labor, including 34 years as Groundskeeper and Recycling coordinator at the College of St. Benedict. He currently volunteers as a tutor in the CSB/SJU Writing Centers and in various ways at Outdoor...

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Charles Wm Preble

Charles Wm Preble, in addition to writing poetry, is an artisan and a priest. He has lived in St. Joseph, Minnesota on a nineteenth-century farmstead surrounded by woods and fields since 1986. It is this place with its solitude, quiet and wildness which inspires the daily wonder of writing and reading poetry. He has published three collections of poems, The Ruffed Grouse, (2012) Portals, (2017) and Simple Attendance (2020),

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