Tyler Barton is a graduate student in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His recent short stories have been published in Passages North, Waxwing, NANO Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, Little Fiction, and No Tokens. Find him at tsbarton.com or @goftyler. Email him at kmsuweeklyreader [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in interviewing.
Akbar, Kaveh, Portrait of the Alcoholic (part 2)
Bachelder, Chris, The Throwback Special
Blix, Eric, Physically Alarming Men
Bomer, Paula, Mystery and Mortality
Gerard, Sarah, Sunshine State
Gonzalez, Elizabeth, The Universal Physics of Escape
Gray, Amelia, Gutshot
Green, Sarah, Earth Science
Higley, Alex, Old Open
Hilliard, Kamden, Perceived Distance from Impact
Hua, Vanessa Deceit and Other Possibilities
Hunter, Lindsay, Eat Only When You’re Hungry
Hyde, Allegra, Of This New World
Jodzio, John, Knockout
Kelly, Devin, In This Quiet Church of Night I Say Amen
Lorberer, Eric, Twin Cities Book Festival
Martinez, Juan Best Worst American
McClanahan, Scott, The Incantations of Daniel Johnston
McCormick, Chris, Desert Boys
Montes, Lara Mimosa, Somnambulist
Moshfegh, Ottessa, Homesick for Another World
Okehi, Uzodinma, Over for Rockwell
Scott, Rion Amilcar, Insurrections
Smith, Bud, Dust Bunny City
Vargas, Cyn, On the Way
Willoughby, Jennifer, Beautiful Zero
Young, Chuck, The Day We Lost Pet
Dakota Van Linden is a Creative NonFiction MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a transplant from Marquette, Michigan. Even though she misses Lake Superior sometimes, Dakota loves hiking and biking all over her new state! When she isn’t outdoors, she can often be found reading or watching old science-fiction shows.
Benedict, Helen, Wolf Season
Manning, Joe, Certain Relevant Passages
Morena, Anthony Michael The Voyager Record: A Transmission
Murphy, Nora, White Birch, Red Hawthorn
Obejas, Achy, The Tower of the Antilles
Skinner, Woody, A Thousand Distant Radios
Jakob Westphal: Ju, Siel, Cake Time
Michelle Zamanian is an MFA candidate from Southwest Missouri. She specializes in fiction and screenwriting. She believes in bad movies, obscure comedies and adorable cats.
Appel, Jacob M., Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana
Babine, Karen, Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life
Baumann, Ruth, Retribution Binary
Brewer, Carolyn, Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, 1978-1985
Broderick, Richard, Jesus of Walmart
Colen, Elizabeth, What Weaponry
Cortese, Claudia, Wasp Queen
Crawford, Marisa, Reversible
Knickerbocker, Sean, Killbuck
Nagamatsu, Sequoia, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone
Maghbouleh, Neda, The Limits of Whiteness
Mueller, Jenny, State Park
Nao, Vi Khi, Fish in Exile
Wolpé, Sholeh, The Conference of the Birds
Benjamin received his MFA from MSU Mankato in 2013 and hosted the Weekly Reader from 2011-2013. He now teaches at SUNY Oswego.
Alec is a writer from Indianapolis. He is responsible for writing and directing two of the worst feature-length motion pictures ever produced. He has lived in many places and visited even more. He prefers those places that have a wide variety of restaurants that are open at three in the morning. His lowly genre fiction has appeared in numerous publications. A few respectable (read: literary) journals have published his more socially acceptable work as well. He is the founding editor of the online crime fiction blog All Due Respect and is the founder and current editor of the print journal, Pulp Modern.
Michael Dusek is an MA student and a Graduate Instructor at Minnesota State University. He hails from the sprawling countryside of Western Wisconsin. His interest in literature stems from the complexity of human interaction and coexistence. He enjoys travel, music, art, and being outdoors.
Amy received her MFA from MSU Mankato in 2013 and hosted the Weekly Reader from 2011-2013. She now teaches at Century College.
Jessica Guess studies fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she also teaches English Composition. A South Florida native, she spends her free time musing and cursing this interesting yet annoying substance called snow and reading fiction about stranger (and warmer) places. She also enjoys writing stories about the kind of women you would see featured on an episode of Snapped. Her work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review.
Christopher David Hopkins
Christopher David Hopkins is a poet from North Carolina who currently studies in Minnesota State Mankato’s MFA program.
Lissa Horneber is an MFA student who usually writes nonfiction. Her primary goals currently include (in no particular order): writing, teaching, traveling, talking to people, learning Chinese, climbing Kilimanjaro, understanding cars, mastering economics, discovering the Meaning of Life, investing in a bookshelf, among others.
Kyle is a graduate student in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He tutors Somali students, works as a graduate assistant, and will be teaching creative writing over the summer at the Loft Literacy Center in Minneapolis. Though he is presently working on a book of poems, he hopes to work in various genres and also across multiple mediums, including audio/radio.
Alexis Klemetson studies poetry at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she also serves as a reader for the Blue Earth Review. She is Minnesotan through and through, which means her home town of Thief River Falls is actually the most Minnesotan town, unless you disagree. She enjoys reading and thinking about literature, hiking with her four-legged fur-child, and spending time with the guy she met at the hockey supply store.
Teagan Knoblich is a recent MFA graduate student of Minnesota State Mankato. She writes genre YA fiction and likes to dabble with shorter flash pieces. She was born and raised in Minnesota with a healthy amount of fishing, winter jackets, and Swedish relatives. Her interests include fencing, crafting, painting, video games, dressing up as a pirate, and discussing fantastical things.
Jacob Little is a second year MFA student and Graduate Instructor at Minnesota State University. He came of age on the hard, suburban streets of Fenton, Missouri, and enjoys writing poetry, television, and complete nonsense. He was awoken to a love of poetry upon hearing David Clewell read Richard Hugo’s “Death of the Kapowsin Tavern.” He specializes in teaching his students the art of semicolons. His work has been featured in Ampersand and Green Fuse, and he has won a Robert C. Wright Award as well as recognition in the St. Louis Poetry in Motion contest.
Dylan Loring is a poet from Des Moines, Iowa who currently studies at Minnesota State’s MFA program and best associates with the Jamie’s Basement School. When he is not writing, he is listening to punk rock music, engaging in conversations about the quotidian, and watching crappy comedy movies.
Kate MacLam in an MFA graduate student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She is an eighth-generation Vermonter but will settle in any town with a railroad. Her interests include but are not limited to pottery, Montreal, knitting, food, hiking, beer, minicomics, and arm-wrestling.
Claire Moran is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she writes creative non-fiction and poetry. She is from Boston, Massachusetts, has previously lived in Montreal and evidently prefers to live in places that start with M. Her interests include hanging out with the dog at the party and wandering around hospitals. (She knows this is weird.) She wishes Minnesota would get an ocean.
Beth is a graduate student at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She is currently a tutor and substitute teacher for the Education Department. She loves writing fiction and non-fiction, but there are things she loves even more—people, people-watching, eating food (with people or alone), looking for cool rocks, looking at eye colors, and storms, to name a few. Beth has written a YA novel and is moderately hard at work brainstorming another.
Selina Scheumann is an MFA candidate in fiction at MNSU, Mankato and
hails from a city in Indiana that, for some reason, she can’t use adjectives
to describe. She is a bad blusher and laughs at the weird jokes she makes up
in her head but never says out loud. Her interests include things like
dreaming about Iceland, reading poetry, rewatching Little Miss Sunshine,
and having adventures.