Summer 2006




Visual Arts
Challenge Prompt
Author Bios

author bios

Krissy Domm has attended Metropolitan State University since 2002 for Creative Writing.  Her hobbies include writing, guitar, piano and concocting home remedies.  She lives in Minneapolis and works in St. Paul.

Elissa Garman is a full time student at Metro State majoring in social science with a focus on political science.  I moved to Minnesota about four years ago from Chicago with my husband Brendan.  Soon after arriving in the Twin Cities I gave birth to our daughter Sophie Michelle.  I enjoy advocating for others—and am a Student Senator at Metro State.  Please contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas:

James C. Henderson works as a management consultant.  He must have some of his father in him after all. A 2003 graduate in Technical Communication from Metropolitan State University, James worked recently as a writing tutor for Metropolitan State. He is currently a poet in the MFA program at Hamline University.

Emberly Herman is a grad student in the Technical Communication program. She recently started a kid's party entertainment business called, Magikal Faces, which specializes in theme parties with costumed characters providing face painting, storytelling, and balloon art. She lives in South Mpls with her darling daughter, two rude dogs and three naughty cats.

Ted Hovey is completing a writing major at Metropolitan State University. He will be starting the MFA program at Hamline University in September 2006. Ted has also taken writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and SASE, the Write Place. Ted writes short fiction and poetry, and has been published previously in Haute Dish. He has lived and worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Northfield, Minnesota. Ted now lives in Roseville with his wife Mary.

Debbie Iversen is a writer, playwright and poet. She has been writing poems for decades and only recently considered publication. Her play “Mercy” won second place in the 2003 Metropolitan State University Play Contest. Since then, she has written two companion plays. She is grateful for the mentorship of teachers.

Kirsten Jacobson is a student of writing at Metropolitan State University and plans to graduate in spring of 2007. She is twenty years old and is currently co-writing a fantasy novel with her mother, also her closest friend. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and is making it a life-long career. You can contact her by email at:

Kristin Johnson earned her masters in technical communication from Metropolitan State University and now teaches there. She has been published by Double Dare Press, Whistling Shade and the Loose-Leaf Poetry Series. Currently, she is working on a suspense novel about preservation of language and culture, set in Ireland and Wales.

Lon Kaner: I am a 2004 Metropolitan State Graduate with Honors. I was a Writing Major with a concentration in Poetry, Prose, and Screenplay. I was also a winner of the 2004 Metropolitan State Student Screenplay Contest. I am currently living in St. Louis Park, and working on several writing projects including a collection of poetry and a screenplay.

Sherry Quan Lee loves her work:  poet, teacher, program associate--all jobs center on writing, all writing centers on identity, identity always centers on love.  Author of CHINESE BLACKBIRD (memoir in verse), Lee has been teaching creative writing at Metro State for ten years, and has been with the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota for almost five years.Check out her Web site at:

Eric Miklasevics -- Since graduating with a B.A. in Writing from Metro State University in 2005, Eric Miklasevics has been living near to the Canadian border under an assumed name along with his domestic accomplice, their  daughter, a dog, three cats, some fish, and a deceased guinea pig who lives in a freezer.

Matt Spillum lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, slinging coffee, beer and wine to the masses. He is studying creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where he is on target to graduate on his seventeen-year plan. He also throws frisbees, beats drums and dances to the music of the nice organ grinder guy who feeds him figs.

Samantha Thompson: Upon reading this please realize that Samantha is no longer with us...scholastically that is as she graduates with a BA in creative writing this May. While she'll miss, dearly, her Metro friends, she looks forward to nights, days, and weekends of mindless, self-assigned writing projects and walking  her dog, Woodrow. Oh, yeah...and she wants to meet Oprah someday! Still!

M. Laurel Walsh lurks in the neighborhood behind Como Park where she cares for her nearly feral offspring.  An instructor of composition at Metro State University, she is also the author of Hope Haven, a novel set in Minnesota.  The Rack was composed following an argument she had with her cutlery, those impudent brutes!   She certainly has shown those sassy stainless steel implements a thing or two.

Clint Weathers is a 2005 graduate of Metro State, with a BA in Political Rhetoric from First College.  He was staff photographer and occasional columnist for The Metropolitan, Managing Editor of Haute Dish, and will be returning to Metro in the fall to start graduate work.  Currently he is taking classes in photography at MCAD and IFP, and his work can be seen weekly at  He also works as a staff photographer for Minnesota Fringe Festival.  His new photography publication, Dissoi Logoi, will hopefully start publication in the fall.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Susan Williams is compiling a collection of her short stories called Questions for Comprehension. Several of these stories have won prizes and been published in literary magazines. Her book of poems, Dying Old and Dying Young, was published by New Rivers Press. She teaches at Metro State and Augsburg College.


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