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MN Original | Author Marlon James

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Author of three novels, Marlon James believes that different books demand a different process. Learn about his shifting writing processes, experimenting with varied writing environments, and reflect on individual processes to re-image and rewrite a scene from a story or novel.

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MN Original | Author Heid Erdrich

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Heid Erdrich embraces her Ojibwe heritage in her writing. Create your own written work about family traditions to be read aloud. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Author William Souder

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William Souder is a renowned writer, whose biography of John James Audubon, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Learn about his meticulous process and what creates a memorable biography. 

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MN Original | Revolver Literary Magazine

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Learn about how literary arts organization Revolver continues to push the envelope, whether it’s having writers literally face off in a boxing ring, or offering up offbeat prompts to anyone interested. In addition to their avant-garde events and online publication, Revolver publishes a physical journal.

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MN Original | Bookmaker Caitlin Warner

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Watch now: Printmaker and book artist Caitlin Warner has created a unique way to get her work into the hands of the public–she converts vintage vending machines into what she calls “Unvending Machines.”

The rehabbed machines, which are strategically placed in galleries, theaters and unexpected locations across the Twin Cities, contain dozens of her meticulously handmade books.

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MN Original | Photographer Katherine Turczan

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Watch now: Known for her moving portraits taken in Ukraine, photographer Katherine Turczan turns her attention toward landscapes with her project titled Line, documenting scenes along the Green Line that runs between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

A recipient of many prestigious awards including a Guggenheim, a Fulbright Scholarship and a Bush Foundation Fellowship, Turczan has been able to return to her family’s native Ukraine many times for her ongoing portrait work, Brezhnev’s Daughters.

Turczan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts among other public and private collections.

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MN Original | Actor Tyler Michaels

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Tyler Michaels, known for his physical, scene-stealing roles, has graced many Twin Cities stages. Learn about the life and goals of a young actor and reflect on your goals.

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MN Original | Social Game Experience FutureKave

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Learn how Chuck Olsen and Taylor Carik set out to create a project that married digital experience and social interaction. The result is Futurekave — an interactive video-game-art-piece hybrid that bridges virtual and physical space. Through an Xbox Kinect depth camera hooked up to a video game engine, participants are transported from physical space to a virtual reality where their movements and interactions determine the transformation of a fictional planet.

Olsen and Carik are the founders of vidtiger, a company that mixes art, technology and social good.

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MN Original | Urban Planner and Calligrapher Weiming Lu

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Learn about the multifaceted career of calligrapher and urban planner Weiming Lu and explore how they complement each other.

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MN Original | Glensheen the Musical at the History Theatre

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Learn about the history of the murders at Glensheen mansion in Duluth, MN and reflect on dramatic adaptations of historical events. 

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