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Mark Berriman is a published author, a poet and artist, musician and active community leader. His newest book, “That Turned Ugly Fast”, featuring a foreword by Viggo Mortensen, was published in September, 2015. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, his work is influenced by global events as well as post-modern culture. Mark’s first book, “Scar Lit” (2003), was written under the name Mark Edward Marston. He took a ten year break from writing poetry and then returned with the soap box stomping trilogy – “Brutally Frank” (2012), “Kink in the Chain” (2013), and “That Turned Ugly Fast” (2015). He has been featured on KARE Television, and on twin cities radio. His work has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Star Tribune, and numerous regional and national periodicals. He has read and performed across the Midwest . His artwork has been featured in a number of galleries throughout the twin cities.
Kris Bigalk is a poet and writing professor. Her poetry collection Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was published by NYQ Books 2012, her poems appear in the anthologies Down the Dark River, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It, Poetry City, USA Volumes 2 and 3 and Open to Interpretation: Water's Edge, as well as many magazines, including Paper Nautilus, Silk Road, The Water~Stone Review, The Blue Earth Review, the cream city review, Pif, and The Foundling Review. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in Poetry, and has been a poetry contributor at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Sewannee Writers' Conference. Kris Bigalk also serves as Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College, where she designed and now coordinates their groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program. She has been the keynote speaker for several conferences and groups, on the topics of writing poetry, creative writing pedagogy, and designing effective writing programs.