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Paul Lehmberg received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in 1968. He then applied, and was admitted, to a Lutheran seminary, but thought better of it, and decided instead to pursue graduate work in English. He received his Ph.D. in American literature in 1977. Lehmberg then worked for a year as feature editor for a business magazine in the trucking industry. Since 1978 he has been teaching creative nonfiction writing, American literature, and composition at NMU. He was instrumental in mounting NMU’s M.A. and B.A. programs in writing, and for years he served as Director of English Graduate Studies. Lehmberg is the author of In The Strong Woods: A Season Alone in the North Country (St. Martin’s, 1980). He has published literary criticism, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and journalism. Lehmberg is married to Zhuang-Zhong, and they have two daughters. Currently he is at work on A Guangzhou Journal, a family memoir based on a trip to China. In 1998, Lehmberg was ordained a Zen Buddhist priest. Besides practicing Zen, he writes on Zen topics and is interested in the conjunction of Eastern and Western thought in American literature. He is also active in the Marquette Interfaith Forum.
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Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (W.W. Norton: Liveright), Pot Farm, and Barolo (both from the University of Nebraska Press), the poetry books, Warranty in Zulu (Barrow Street Press), The Morrow Plots, and Sagittarius Agitprop (both from Black Lawrence Press), and the chapbooks, Four Hours to Mpumalanga and Aardvark. Recent and forthcoming work appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, The Normal School, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He teaches creative writing (predominantly nonfiction courses, and the occasional poetry course) in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish liver ice cream. It paired well with onion bagels.
Before academia, Josh MacIvor-Andersen was a regional television star (middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky), an oven manager for a traditional European-style bakery, a truck driver and baker for an NGO in the Balkans, and a professional tree climber. He is a graduate of Eastern University and UNC-Wilmington’s nonfiction writing program, where he taught multi-genre creative writing classes, nonfiction, literature, and a fine arts course on the creative process.
He is a contributor to magazines such as Geez, Sojourners, Prism, Garden and Gun, Our State, and National Geographic/Glimpse. His personal essays have appeared in Arts and Letters, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review Daily, Diagram, Northwest Review, Ruminate, and Fourth Genre, among others. He has won multiple awards and a Pushcart nomination for his essays and reporting, a Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship, an Excellence in Teaching award from UNC-Wilmington, and second place in a smile contest that, if he had taken first, would have garnered him free dental care for a year.
If asked to list the three most beautiful things in the world he would say his wife, Kathryn, his son, Levin the Magnificent Boy, and lugged, steel-frame bicycles of all makes and models.