K. M. (Kat) Allen grew up with a love for art, writing, and the outdoors in the small, northern town of Stephen, Minnesota. She received a B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art & Design and studied fine art in Florence, Italy. A career in marketing and design led Kat to Chicago, and later Milwaukee, before she returned to a rural setting to raise her family and continue working as an artist, author, and illustrator. Kat also enjoys rock collecting, photography, and visiting northeastern Minnesota with all of the outdoor activities that it has to offer. Kat currently lives with her husband and their three children in the wide-open spaces of North Dakota.
Kelly Dupre has been an outdoor educator and special education teacher, but the lure of the creative life proved irresistible, and she is now primarily an artist, illustrator, and writer. Her home is on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and she has been enjoying an exciting year in Alaska since the book “The Best Part of a Sauna” went to press. You can see more of her art on her website, kellydupre.com.
Anna Hess’ work is well-known along Lake Superior’s North Shore, and she has exhibited her work all over the US. She strives to reflect the beauty of the environment around her through her art and works in a variety of mediums, including in oils and mixed media. Anna and her partner, Jeff, live close to Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota, in a home full of wonderful rocks and driftwood.
Anna is the illustrator for Beaver, Bear, Snowshoe Hare. She likes to paint or draw and create all the time. If she doesn’t have paint and canvas available she draws in the dirt or whatever is near to make images. Her best vehicle for expression is a visual one using paint and lots of color. She communicates with the world using her paintbrush and pencils.
Becca Brin Manlove’s kids have mostly forgiven her for being a tree-hugging writer. She continues to make her home in the woods. In the summer, she practices gardening and makes green tomato salsa (short growing season), and the rest of the year she skijors behind her dog Psycho Mantis. Becca hasn’t quit her day job, but she has completed her next manuscript, Sweet Dreams, Michael, which is based on the grief/dream journal she kept for the first year after she lost her husband.
She enjoyed working with illustrator Sharon Hathaway, one of her three sisters (they have a brother, too) on her first book, Hauling Water. Most of the essays in Hauling Water were originally written for The Ely Summer/Winter Times, so they are a smorgasbord of life in the woods near Ely, MN. They romp through almost thirty years—from her first canoe trip when she met two great loves of hers: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Mike Manlove, through activities like hauling water, chasing bears, burning brush piles, listening to ravens, and camping with twelve-year-olds. Some chapters acknowledge that the warmth of a fire is most precious when we are hunkered down in the path of an Alberta clipper. Other offerings include thoughts on long-standing Thanksgiving traditions, September 11th, and an epilogue about losing a loved one.
Becca writes to play, to grieve, to celebrate, to notice, to share. It’s a path she starts down, sometimes with trepidation or weariness, but often with curiosity and anticipation, because she never knows what she will find.
Sharon, illustrator for Hauling Water, is a younger sister to the author, Becca Brin Manlove. Sharon loved to draw as a child and showed talent at a young age. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. Sharon’s work was accepted into the highly competitive Northern Lights Juried Art Shows in White Bear Lake, MN in 1987, ’89, ‘91, ‘94, and she won the Award of Excellence in 1996.
Sharon moved to the New Jersey bay-shore area in 2000, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is represented by Beacon Fine Arts Gallery in Red Bank, NJ. Sharon’s paintings can be found on the Beacon Fine Arts website and on her Facebook page. Her drawings and acrylic paintings are in numerous private collections and her paintings of the Seven Sacraments are hanging in the Church of St. Catherine in Middletown, NJ.
Brent Spink, an artist, was born in Minneapolis in 1958. He has lived and traveled in many parts of the country. The north woods is where he derives inspiration for his artwork and his life. Brent has expressed his artistic talent primarily through painting, but recently he has applied his interest in form and color to working with stained glass and glass blowing. Brent is the illustrator of I Saw A Moose Today. Brent divides his time between his home near Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his cabin in northern Minnesota.
Bryan Klotz is an illustrator and educator. He has lived and worked in Canada, the Bahamas, and Minnesota. Currently Bryan lives with his wife and two children in Plymouth, MN, and teaches in Eden Prairie, MN. Lucy’s Hero: Remembering Paul Wellstone is Bryan’s first children’s picture book.
|Nancy Scheibe began a new phase of her life when she reached the age of 50 in 2004. She embarked on a kayaking expedition down the Mississippi River to gather women’s wisdom. In the fall of 2011, she completed the third and final leg of her multi-year journey from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. She has three books about the adventure out to date, Water Women Wisdom,Ripples of Wisdom, and Waves of Wisdom. Her books are written with unusual honesty and with vivid and poetic descriptions of nature. She uses her artistic talents to accent her books with delightful illustrations and photos.
Nancy’s artistic talent is expressed in a variety of mediums. One of her favorite things to do is take someone’s manuscript and bring it to life with illustrations of enduring characters. She provided the illustrations for author Kevin Strauss’ collection of read-aloud campfire stories entitled Loon and Moon and Other Animal Stories. Her artwork is expressive and meaningful.
When Nancy is not out paddling, writing, or in her studio painting, she is often found tending her gardens or at work with her husband, Doug, at their coffee shop The Front Porch Coffee and Tea Co. in Ely, Minnesota. She was the third of eight children born in Minneapolis, but feels the woods of northern Minnesota are home. She has three grown children and one grandson. Nancy can be contacted at www.ripplesofwisdom.com or www.onacreativejourney.com. You can follow her journey on the Ripples of Wisdom Facebook page.
In 2013, Nancy Scheibe was the recipient of the Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodology’s Dr. James Gillihan Award for her work with the Ripples Of Wisdom Project. The award is given to people who are considered servant leaders, people who step forward to help others expecting nothing in return and exemplify the four qualities of a Lakota warrior: bravery, fortitude, generosity and wisdom.
Dr. Jim Gillihan – Tatanka Ska (White Buffalo) was of Irish and Cherokee heritage. His great-grandparents traveled on the Trail of Tears. Dr. Gillihan was made the fourth Keeper of Sitting Bull’s Pipe and carried it with humble dignity in service for the People for twenty-four years. In 1973 he was able to help with the peaceful negotiations between the federal marshals and the embattled Indians at the ‘standoff’ at Wounded Knee. Dr. Gillihan was accorded the highest civilian honor in four different states. He lived his life with honor, dedication, integrity and a sense of purpose and was a living ripple effect in action who made peace an action verb.
Stephanie Mirocha is an award winning illustrator and artist living in Aitkin, MN. She is the illustrator of Frog in the House. Working mainly in watercolor media, she enjoys portraying the natural world, filling her artwork with life and colors reflecting our universal connection to nature. Her first two children’s picture books portray the habitat and life cycle of manatees and bald eagles, respectively. She has taken her presentations about illustrating books to libraries and schools across Minnesota. As time permits (and even when it doesn’t), she sneaks in poetry writing. To see more of Stephanie’s artwork, visit her website at www.stephaniemirocha.com.
|Consie Powell is an artist and writer who loves to snoop in nature’s lovely untidy places, has a soft spot for predators, and sometimes finds a story that links the two. She creates books for young readers, binds her own sketch journals, and helps others learn the joys of taking visual and written notes to keep track of how life dances around us. She is an award-winning author and illustrator of a dozen books, including Old Dog Cora, Leave Only Ripples, and A Bold Carnivore. She first paddled into the Quetico-Superior wilderness on her honeymoon more than three decades ago. When she’s not creating art, writing stories, baking bread, or goofing around with her Newfoundland dogs, she paddles her wooden canoe near her home on the edge of the BWCA, sketchbook and binoculars always handy. See more of Consie’s artwork and books at www.consiepowell.com|