Rob Reid is the very popular author of numerous books on children’s programming for ALA Editions. He has also written resource books for Upstart Books, as well as two picture books. In addition, he writes regular columns on programming and children’s literature for LibrarySparks and Book Links magazines. He teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature and a variety of library topics at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He conducts workshops throughout North America on ways to make literature come alive for children.

Wil Denson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin­Eau Claire. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in English from the University of Arizona.

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test. Additionally, he has also written Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America, Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the

 

 Denson taught at the university level for more than 33 years. He headed the UW-Eau Claire theatre program for five years and was Director of UW-EC Summer Theatre for 25 seasons. Included in his writing honors are a Dale Wasserman Playwriting Award, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Literature, and a First Place Award for his screenplay, "Feral." He has written more than 25 plays - eight of which have been published and 19 produced throughout the U.S. as well as in most English-speaking countries. His book "Curtain Up, Light the Lights!" was published in 2015. Denson's favorite artist-illustrator? Anders Shafer. Wil lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with wife-and-best-friend Judy..

Born and raised in the north woods of Wisconsin in the small tourist town of Hayward, Dalton Hessel grew up spending his days and nights at the ball field. His love for literature and writing didn’t really take hold of him until his senior year of high school. During Christmas break of his senior year, Dalton wrote his first book titled Would You Go With Me? Although he now admits that he feels like he rushed through

writing his first book, the taste of writing and completing his first book was enough to hook him in. After the success of his first book and words of encouragement from the locals, Dalton wrote his second book the summer before he headed off to

college titled Save Me Chicago. He was able to find the time to write most of the story in a notebook while he was at work. He worked at a pretty laid back job and held a coveted position: the bridge man at the local go-kart track. Once college began, Dalton found it a little harder to write, but he continued the process whenever he had downtime and was able to finish his third book by the end of his freshmen year titled Thoughts.  Dalton put up flyers across campus and even sold his books out of the back of his car and his dorm room in Murray Hall. After taking a creative writing class taught by Professor B.J. Hollars, Dalton found out that he still had a long ways to go before he would see his name on any New York Times Best Seller lists. With the guidance of Professor Hollars and his fellow classmates, Dalton compiled a collection of short stories in which he put together his junior year titled Weird, But Cool With It. This year, Dalton will be a senior at UWEC. He is an Elementary Education major and hopes to land a teaching job somewhere in the Midwest. He deems himself a hopeful romantic who likes making breakfast for dinner, dressing up as Buddy the Elf for Finals Week, listening to records, thrift shopping (before Mackelmore), and watching Green Bay Packers football. His newest book is The Little Green Notebook: Notes About Love & Other Things. In this collection of short stories and essays, Dalton tries to further understand love, life, and how we all fit into the grand scheme of things

University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction, and Sightings.  In spring of 2018, his latest work, The Road South: Personal Stories

of the Freedom Riders, will be published.

Hollars serves as a mentor for Creative Nonfiction, and the  founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple

 existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.

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