• The Library

    Students and alumni make their mark on the literary world. Browse a sampling of publications by current CWP students and graduates below.

    Elizabeth Andrew 

    Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir (nonfiction), Skinner House Books, 2005. 
    On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (essays), Basic Books, 2005, nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. 
    Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir, Skinner House Books, 2000.

    David Athey 

    Hunting and Gathering Heaven (poetry), Bellowing Ark Press, 2000.
    Danny Gospel (novel), Bethany House 2008.

    Cheryl Bardoe 

    The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur (picture book), Abrams Books for Young Readers, spring 2011.
    Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age (picture book), Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010, a Junior Library Guild selection.
    Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas (picture book), Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006, named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, finalist for the 2008 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, named an ALA Notable Book in 2007, named an IRA Notable Book in 2007.

    Pat Bauer 

    B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet (picture book), Sleeping Bear Press, 2009.

    Jane Bedell 

    Hildur, Queen of the Elves (novel), Interlink Publishing, 2006.
    Finding Courage: History’s Young Heroes and Their Amazing Deeds (nonfiction), Beyond Words Press, 2004.

    Eileen Beha 

    Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (middle grade novel), hardcover Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2009, paperback Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2010, audio Listening Library/Random House, 2009.

    John Bessler 

    Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Living (nonfiction), Bottlecap Books, 2007.
    Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota (nonfiction), University of Minnesota Press, 2004, nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.
    Kiss of Death: America’s Love Affair with the Death Penalty (nonfiction), Northeastern University Press, 2003, nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.
    Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America (nonfiction), Northeastern, 1998.

    Kirsten Dierking 

    Northern Oracle (poetry), Spout Press, 2007.
    One Red Eye (poetry), Holy Cow! Press, 2001. 

    Ann Dybvik 

    Images of America: Menomonie (nonfiction), Arcadia Press, 2007.

    Loretta Ellsworth 

    Unforgettable (novel), Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011.
    In a Heartbeat (novel), Walker & Company/Macmillan, 2010. 
    In Search of Mockingbird (novel), Henry Holt, 2007, winner of the 2007 Midwest Bookseller's Choice Award Honor Book for Children's Literature, named to the 2008 New York Library List of Teenage Books, finalist for the 2010 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award.
    The Shrouding Woman (novel), Henry Holt, 2002.

    Patti Frazee 

    Cirkus (novel), Alyson Publications, 2006.

    Brian Farrey 

    The Vengekeep Prophecies (novel series forthcoming from HarperCollins).

    Dianne Gray 

    Tomorrow, the River (novel), Houghton Mifflin, 2006, winner of a Minnesota Book Award and a Nebraska Book Award, nominated for a Nebraska Golden Sower Award.
    Together Apart (novel), Houghton Mifflin, 2003, winner of a Nebraska Book Award, finalist for PEN USA Award and a Willa Award, recommended Feminist Book for Youth.
    Holding Up the Earth (novel), Houghton Mifflin, 2001, winner of the Willa Award, Best Books for Young Adults selection, Sequoyah “Best of the Best” selection, nominated for Golden Sower Award.

    Molly Beth Griffin 

    Garnet for Courage (young adult novel forthcoming from Milkweed Editions)
    Loon Baby (picture book), Houghton Mifflin, 2011.

    David Haight 

    Overdrive (novel), Beaver’s Pond Press, 2005.

    Angela Hallstrom 

    Bound On Earth (novel-in-stories), Parables Press, 2008.
    Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction, editor, Zarahemla Books, 2010.

    Geoff Herbach 

    Stupid Fast, (young adult novel), Sourcebooks, 2011 
    The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg (novel), Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2008.

    Donna Isaac 

    Tommy (poetry), Red Dragonfly Press, 2009.

    Ann Iverson 

    Definite Space (poetry), Holy Cow! Press, 2007.
    Come Now to the Window (poetry), Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005. 

    Pamela Carter Joern 

    The Plain Sense of Things (collected stories), University of Nebraska Press, 2008, a Midwestern Booksellers Association Connections Pick.
    The Floor of the Sky (novel), University of Nebraska Press, 2006, selected for Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series and One Book, One Columbus community reading program of Columbus, Nebraska; winner of an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and a Nebraska Book Award for Fiction.
    Winner of a 2008 Tamarack Award from Minnesota Monthly Magazine for her short story, “The Fireman,” and in 2001 for “Confessions.”

    Nicole Kelby 

    A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts: Stories, Borealis Books, 2009.
    The Constant Art of Being a Writer (nonfiction), Writer's Digest Books, 2009.
    Murder at the Bad Girls’ Bar & Grill (novel), Thorndike Press, 2008.
    Whale Season (novel), Random House, 2006.
    Theater of the Stars, A Novel of Physics and Memory (novel), Hyperion, 2003.
    In the Company of Angels (novel), Hyperion, 2001.

    Naomi Kinsman 

    Shadows (novel), Zondervan, 2012.

    Kathleen Lindsay 

    Somewhere Between the Wind and Water (poetry), IGI Publishing, 2006.

    Tracy Nelson Maurer 

    Storm Codes (picture book), Windward, 2007.

    Nathan Miller 

    Teaching in Circles: My Journeys in Teaching High School (nonfiction), Kaplan, 2008.

    Susan Montag 

    Finding the Way: A Tao for Down-to-Earth People (nonfiction), Nicolas-Hays Press, 2006.

    Stephen Mueske 

    A Mnemonic for Desire (poetry), Ghost Road Press, 2006.

    Nora Murphy and Julia Klatt Singer, co-authors 

    Twelve Branches, Stories from St. Paul (nonfiction), Coffee House Press, 2003.

    Nora Murphy 

    Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft (nonfiction), New World Library, 2009.

    David Oppegaard 

    Wormwood, Nevada (novel), St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
    The Suicide Collectors (novel), St. Martin's Press, 2008.

    Bonnie Palmquist 

    Time Frame (poetry), Galde Press, 2003.
    Voices of Minnesota History (poetry), Galde Press.

    Michelle Pollock 

    Regarding Memory (chapbook/poetry), Cross Keys Press, 2004.

    Erica Rivera 

    Insatiable: A Young Mother’s Struggle with Anorexia (memoir), Berkley Books, 2009.

    Thomas Ruud 

    Unable for the World to Sleep (poetry), Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005.

    George Richard Slade 

    Banking in the Great Northern Territory (nonfiction), Afton Historical Society Press, 2005.

    Maureen Millea Smith 

    When Charlotte Comes Home (novel), Alyson Publications, 2006, winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

    Su Smallen 

    Weight of Light (poetry), Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005.

    Susanna Styve 

    Miscellaneous Tender (poetry), Laurel Poetry Collective, 2004.

    Marc Thompson 

    Oklahoma Heat (poetry chapbook), Red Moon Press, forthcoming.

    Lois Welshons 

    Where the Moon Is (poetry), Laurel Poetry Collective, 2005.

    Lois West Duffy 

    Zillah’s Gift (chapter book for young readers), Beaver’s Pond Press, 2009.

    Joan Wolf 

    Someone Named Eva (novel), Clarion, 2007, Maud Hart Lovelace Children’s Choice Award, finalist for Society of Midland Authors Award, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers List, Junior Library Guild Premier Selection Award. 

    Margaret Wurtele 

    Touching the Edge: A Mother’s Spiritual Path from Loss to Life (memoir), John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
    Taking Root: A Spiritual Memoir, St. Mary’s Press, 1998.