Catherine Watson is a travel writer, photographer and writing instructor and the author of two collections of travel essays, “Home on the Road’’ (Syren, 2007) and “Roads Less Traveled,” (Syren, 2005). Both were Minnesota Book Awards finalists.
Watson was the first Travel Editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and remained its chief travel writer and photographer from 1978 to 2004.
Her writing has appeared in 12 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales “Best Travel Writing’’ collections for 2008 and 2010 and Houghton Mifflin’s “Best American Travel Writing 2008.’’
Her national awards include the top two in her field: The Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Photographer of the Year.
Watson teaches literary travel writing and memoir in university-level workshops in the United States and abroad. She divides her at-home time between a 1926 cottage in Minneapolis and an 1869 farmhouse in historic Galena, Illinois.
Jane O’Reilly found her heart in fiction on a whim to write a screenplay about five estranged siblings who reprise a family camping trip to Alaska to claim their fathers estate.
She eked out writing time between work and family, and ultimately received a McKnight Fellowship for her first full-length screenplay, Vagabonds.
Because Jane believes story is story, she writes in many genres from essays to novels to stage plays. Jane holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University where she also received the Jane Resh Thomas award for her critical thesis, Metafiction and the Guilty Conscience in Young Adult Literature.
Her published works include local travel books, several essays on family life and a retelling of the Jack London story, A Nose for a King, adapted for the stage. Her fingers are crossed on a new novel recently placed with an agent. She lives in an old house in Minneapolis with her husband, youngest son, a dog and a cat, writing whenever she can.
Elizabeth Haukaas is a poet whose first book, Leap (Texas Tech University Press, 2009), won the Walt McDonald First-book Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including New Millennium Writings (First Place Poetry Award), William and Mary Review, Tulane Review, New England Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Agenda, Tigertail, Tulane Review, Big City Lit (online), Two Rivers Review, and the William and Mary Review.
Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prizes four times; she has been a finalist and winner of the New Letters Literary Awards in poetry on numerous occasions.
Her latest poetry collection, Homefires, and a memoir, A Menoir: the woman who loved too much, are forthcoming. She resides in New York City, where, in her day job, she runs the corporate communications department for a commercial real estate and investment firm. She holds the MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her three children are grown and live in London, Seattle, and Phoenix. She has four grandchildren—and counting. email@example.com