About Our Team 

MNWC Core Staff 

Sean Hill
MNWC Conference Director
sean@seanhill.org

Mat Hawthorne
MNWC Conference Coordinator
writersconference@bemidjistate.edu

Photo left to right: Mat Hawthorne and Sean Hill

Sara Dennison
MNWC Conference  Administrator
& Online Architect





Shawn Cruze
Zoom Czar, IT Support





Intern Team 2023

Brooke Froehle
Administrative
Intern

Liz Fisher
Intern for Keetje Kuipers 

Em Lu Gao
Intern for Aimee Nezhukumatathil 

Emily Piller
Intern for Diane Wilson 

Sydney (SJ) Skoglund
Intern for Lia Purpura 

Nicholas (Nick) Wolter
Intern for Will Weaver 

Mark Spero
Intern for Ross Gay 

Intern Team 2022

Brooke Froehle
Intern for
Online Auditors

Rian Okonek   
Intern for
Benjamin Percy

Emily Gao
Intern for
Sean Hill 

Stephanie Martin
Intern for
Benjamin Percy

Sarah Chiago
Intern for
Kimberly Blaeser

Autumn Miles
Intern for
Joni Tevis

Intern Team 2021

Alex Goehring
Intern for Jennifer Foerster

Erin Muenter
Intern for
John Murillo

Brooke Froehle
Intern for
Faith Adiele 

Joy Eastman
Intern for
J. Drew Lanham

Coralie Swedburg
Intern for
Danielle Evans

Misty Fear
Intern for Brenda Shaughnessy

Coralie Swedburg
Intern for
Alison Hawthorne Deming

Geneva Basye
Intern for
Scott Russell Sanders 

Austin Fiedler
Intern for
Meera Subramanian

Emily Comstock
Intern for
Elizabeth Bradfield

MNWC 2020 Interns

Special Thanks

Angie Clark: Summer Program Director  

Maureen Gibbon: Faculty Support 

Shaun Duke: Faculty Support & Auditor Workshop Host 2020

Northwoods and Donald Jordan Reading Series 

Allen Gee
Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at Columbus State University 





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.