Bryan Boyce is Founder and Executive Director of Cow Tipping Press, a social venture that teaches and publishes writing by people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. His work is grounded in experience as the sibling of a brother with disabilities and educator in diverse cultural contexts, and has won awards from Grinnell College, 4.0 Schools, and Teach For America. As Cow Tipping enters its eighth year, he is particularly excited by their efforts to work inventively and interdependently alongside people with I/DD at all levels of the organization.

Susan Decker (D.A., Murray State University) is the English Department Chair at West Lutheran High School. Her research specialties include fine arts integration, Shakespeare studies, English pedagogy & English teacher education, teaching literature, and literary theory & analysis. She can be reached at

Whitney Jacobson (MFA, Minnesota State University Moorhead) serves as an assistant editor of Split Rock Review and as editor of Confluence. Her current creative writing endeavors focus on the theme of inheritance, and her current research focuses on representations of grief / mourning in creative nonfiction. Please visit her website for more information about her writing:

Tanya J. Stafsholt Miller is currently working on her dissertation for an EdD. from Minnesota State University, Moorhead (MSUM). She has an MFA in memoir and poetry from MSUMM and an MA in English from Bemidji State University. She co-hosts the North Beach Writers’ Retreat and teaches writing classes for adults. She has taught high school English for 29 years at Park Rapids Area High School. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she has been an invited fellow to the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, The Pelee Island Writing Retreat, and the Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference.

Burke Scarbrough is Distinguished University Teaching Professor of English Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He coordinates UMD’s English program and is the program contact for its Teaching Communication Arts & Literature program. He is President-Elect of MCTE and the editor of Minnesota English Journal.

William Tecku’s writings are aired on several Minnesota and Wisconsin radio stations. During his years as a high school English teacher, his students won numerous awards for their creative writing and literary magazines. He is a Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grant recipient, an Arizona English Teachers Association “Teachers as Writers” award winner, and a Lake Superior Writers Series poetry and fiction winner. Excerpts from his “story scrolls” can be heard on his website, and his writing has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review, Lake Superior Magazine, and the English Journal.

Kathryn Van Wert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches courses in twentieth and twenty-first century American, British, and Anglophone literature.