Susan Leigh Brooks teaches literacy and education-related courses at Bethel University after teaching middle and high school English for 12 years.  She has a PhD in Literacy Education from the University of Minnesota and is always on the lookout for a really good book.

Heidi Burns has spent the last fourteen years teaching composition and introductory literature courses at various universities and colleges in the Midwest. She completed her graduate work at Iowa State University and has been a loyal Cyclones fan since. Her passion for student learning is the driving factor in everything she does in the classroom. She can be reached at

Laura Cattrysse is in her third year of an English Studies Undergraduate Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to attending MSU-Mankato, she attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She enjoys writing non-fiction and literary journalism pieces, and is interested in technical communication and journalism as well. She is currently conducting feminist research about the use of assisted reproductive technologies and how these technologies affect our cultural definition of motherhood. Some of her hobbies include reading, hula-hooping, and going on nature walks. She can be contacted at

Mike P. Cook  is an Assistant Professor of English Education at Millikin University, where he teaches and coordinates courses for the English Education program. He has done research and presented on using graphic novels, multimodal texts, and gaming as literacy sponsors in middle and high school ELA classrooms. His work involves engaging all students by integrating relevant reading, writing, and technology to produce fully-literate 21st century digital citizens and preparing pre-service English Language Arts teachers to provide effective and meaningful literacy instruction and to be intentional agents of change. His publications include Minnesota English Journal, the Journal of College Literacy and Learning, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @mikepcook.

Dallas Crow lives in St. Paul and teaches at Breck School. His poetry chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradiseis available from Parallel Press.

Kandi Heenan is an English tutor and an undergraduate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she is studying Creative Writing and Humanities. Fiction is her weapon of choice, although she can be caught writing anything from awful limericks to slightly-better kringle recipes. Kandi can be reached at

Jennifer Hiltner is in her eighth year of teaching at Albany High School. She holds an MS in education with an emphasis on teaching, learning, and leadership. Classes she instructs include Media, Yearbook, and general English courses. She is actively pursuing her administrative licensure. She can be reached at

Jeffrey S.J. Kirchoff is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at Millikin University where he teaches courses on writing, the graphic novel, and games. His publications include TechnocultureStudies in Comics, and International Journal of Comic Art, and he has presented his work at a range of conferences, including NCTE, CCCCs, and Computers and Writing.

Karla Knutson is Assistant Professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  She teaches first-year composition courses, first-year writing-intensive seminar courses, and an upper-level study away course on ethnography.  Her current research focuses on the role of the composition course in a first-year learning community and argues that collaborating in a learning community is a risk composition instructors can take that is worth the potential rewards for both instructors and students. Karla can be reached at

Jeanette Lukowski has been teaching a wide range of college courses since 2001—courses ranging from Developmental to Creative to Technical writing, Literature surveys and Holocaust Literature & Arts—for a number of colleges in both MN and WY. Jeanette has also published 2 memoirs, and a number of essays. Emails can be sent to:

Michael MacBride is an adjunct English/Humanities/Literature instructor teaching within a 90-mile radius of Shakopee, Minnesota. He’s a 19th-century American Lit guy by formal training, a self-taught “Comics” guy, and a lover of Latin American literature. He teaches a little bit of everything. Michael can be reached at

Elisa R. MalinovitzAfter a long career as a television meteorologist and reporter, Elisa returned to school to earn her master’s degree in Education. She is currently student teaching 8th graders at an Akron, Ohio area middle school and expects to receive her M.Ed. in May of 2015 from the University of Akron. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University and has completed course work in meteorology at Mississippi State University. She is the mother of two grown daughters.  Elisa Malinovitz can be reached at

Kristine Putz is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict with a major in Communication Arts/Literature and minors in Secondary Education and German.  Currently, she is teaching English at the St. Croix Valley ALC in Stillwater, Minnesota and is working on her Masters Degree in English at St. Thomas University.  She can be reached at

Taya Sazama is a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where she is earning her master’s degree in English. Prior to this, she taught English for three years at Brandon Valley High School in South Dakota. Feel free to contact her at

Jennifer Thiel was born in 1991 in Hersbruck Germany and lived her whole life in Nuremberg, Bavaria. Since high school she’s been interested in literature and literary theory and began studying German and English to become a teacher in 2011 at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her time at the university she learned several different approaches for teaching literature to high school students and teaching in general. She’s a fan of close reading and analysis.

Jongsun Wee is an associate professor in the college of education at Winona State University, Winona, MN. She teaches literacy education methods and children’s literature classes and her research interests include multicultural children’s literature, literature discussion, and teacher education. She can be reached at