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Lewis Mundt, Su Smallen, Norita Dittberner-Jax and Gretchen Marquette

Lewis Mundt is a writer, editor, and performer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of several chapbooks, including REDacted: Erasure poems from Taylor Swift's album Red, and the full-length collection The God of the Whole Animal. In addition to being publisher at Beard Poetry, he is director of the Hamline University Poetry Slam, producer of the New Sh!t Show Minneapolis, and education associate at the Loft Literary Center. His work has been published by Paper Darts, Revolver, The Rumpus, and Button Poetry, among others.

Su Smallen is the author of four collections of poetry including Buddha, Proof, a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. She has two more-than-part-time-jobs: she teaches writing in the Writing Center at St Olaf College, and she is a production editor for the Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Crime and Public Policy where she has shepherded 20 books written by the world’s leading criminal justice scholars.  Su was a founding member of Laurel Poetry Collective, which for 10 years published many handsome books of poetry and beautiful broadsides. Su is a frequent guest artist at schools, art centers, and retreats. Before she came out of the writing closet, Su made her living, more or less, as a modern dancer and choreographer.

Norita Dittberner-Jax is an award-winning poet whose work has been widely published in small press. Her collections of poetry include, Stopping For Breath, published by Nodin Press last autumn; The Watch (Whistling Shade Press); Longing For Home (Pudding House Press; and What They Always Were (New Rivers Press) She is one of the poets in the anthology, 33 Minnesota Poets.

Gretchen Marquette has served as the assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review, and as a first reader for the National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Paper Darts, Harper's, Tri-Quarterly, Tin House, and the Paris Review. Gretchen is a 2014 recipient of a Minnesota Emerging Writer Grant through the Loft Literary Center, and her first book, May Day, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016. She currently lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood in south Minneapolis.

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