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MNWC 2021 Reading Guide

Nikky Finney

Distinguished Visiting Writer

  • Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts

  • Head Off & Split: Poems

  • Rice

  • The World is Round

  • Heartwood

John Murillo


  • Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry

  • Up Jump the Boogie

Faith Adiele

Memoirist, Essayist

J. Drew Lanham

Essayist, Memoirist, Poet

  • The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

  • Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts

Danielle Evans


  • The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

Jennifer Foerster


  • Bright Raft in the Afterweather

  • Leaving Tulsa

Sean Hill

Poet & MNWC Conference Director

  • Blood Ties and Brown Liquor

  • Dangerous Goods

Archived Book Guides

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference 2020

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Distinguished Visiting

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

  • Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Elizabeth Bradfield

Workshop Leader

  • Toward Antarctica

  • Once Removed: Poems

  • Approaching Ice

  • Interpretive Work

Brenda Shaughnessy

Workshop L

  • The Octopus Museum: Poems

  • So Much Synth

  • Our Andromeda

  • Human Dark with Sugar

Scott Russell Sanders

Workshop Leader

  • The Engineer of Beasts: A Novel

  • Meeting Trees

  • Crawdad Creek

  • Stone Country: Then and Now

  • Dancing in Dreamtime: Stories

  • Divine Animal: A Novel

  • Earth Works: Selected Essays

  • Floating House

  • A Conservationist Manifesto

  • The Force of Spirit: Essays

  • The Country of Language

  • Writing from the Center

  • Terrarium: A Novel

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Creative Nonfiction
Workshop Leader

  • Stairway to Heaven: Poems

  • Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

  • Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World

  • Rope: Poems

  • Writing the Sacred into the Real

  • Science and Other Poems

Meera Subramanian

Creative Nonfiction
Workshop Leader

  • A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis

The Northwoods & Donald Jordan Reading Series Book Guide

Debra Jo Immergut


  • You Again
  • The Captives
  • Private Property, Stories

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Fiction Writer

  • Lava Falls: Stories
  • The Evolution of Love, a novel
  • A Thin Bright Line, a novel
  • The Big Bang Symphony, a novel
  • Biting the Apple, a novel
  • The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic
  • This Wild Silence, a novel
  • Working Parts, a novel
  • Sweat: Stories and a Novella
  • How to Survive in Antarctica
  • The Antarctic Scoop
  • Hoop Girlz
  • Cougar Canyon
  • Tracks in the Snow
  • The Big Bike Race

Donald Jordan

Fiction Writer

  • Negative Space
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

James Han Mattson

Fiction Writer

  • The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.