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left to right: Mary Kinstler, Brad Wehrman, Jessica Wachter, Zak Helenske
Laurie Baker is a writer at North Dakota State University. She traveled to India in December and shares her experiences and insights from the intense cultural tour in Windows Into India (p. 40-47). She is a graduate of Minot State University and NDSU with a master's degree in speech communication. In her spare time she likes to read, write, walk and sing.
Larry Woiwode's (The Place of Memory, p. 8-13) fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and a variety of other publications, including two dozen stories in The New Yorker. His books include What I'm Going To Do, I Think, and Beyond the Bedroom Wall (finalist for the National Book Award and Book Critics' Circle Award), and the memoir, What I Think I Did, his sixth book to be named a "notable book of the year" by the New York Times Book Review. The second volume of memoirs, A Step from Death, was published in 2008. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and has conducted writing seminars across the United States and Europe. In 1995, by a joint resolution of the state legislature, he was named poet laureate of North Dakota. He teaches at Jamestown (N.D.) College.
Steve Bergeson (The Face of Angoon, p. 26-29) has spent nearly 13 years writing up the news for North Dakota State University. For NDSU magazine, he's found the story of Tom Riley and his fascinating connection with the village of Angoon, Alaska. Bergeson has a solid news background, having worked some 20 years in broadcast news before coming to campus. A baseball fan, he is dismayed his beloved Yankees haven't won a World Series since 2000.