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Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, he has performed as a featured artist all over the United States, has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. He has been a City Pages and Star Tribune Artist of the Year.  He is currently Program Director at the Loft Literary Center, where he started as a receptionist 15 years ago. His first collection of poems, Sông I Sing, was published by Coffee House Press in 201 and his second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, will be published in summer of 2017, also by Coffee House. His first children's book, to be illustrated by Thi Bui and will be published by Capstone Press in the fall of 2017. Photo by Anna Min.

Diane Wilson is a prose writer who uses personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. Her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books) won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books) was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her work has been featured in the anthologies A Good Time for the Truth, Yellow Medicine Review, American Tensions, Fiction on a Stick andHomelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; and many other publications. She has received awards from the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council, as well as residencies at Camargo, Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency, Norcroft Writers’ Retreat, and Ragdale. She is a past editor for Minnesota Literature, former board chair of SASE: The Write Place, and the founder and editor of The Artist’s Voice. Wilson is the Executive Co-Director for the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, MN, and a 2013 Bush Fellow. Photo by John Ratzlof.