During 2013-14, the Institute for Advanced Study sponsored an oral history project focusing on writers, visual artists, scholars, and other cultural leaders in Minnesota. Bat of Minerva director Peter Shea carried out a series of interviews with individuals who had been interviewed during the 1988-2002 Northern Lights and Insights Project (archived at the Minnesota Historical Society and in regional libraries), as well as other cultural leaders in the state. This project has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Joseph A. Amato is a noted teacher, public speaker, scholar, and author of approximately twenty books.
Emilie Buchwald is the author of two award-winning children’s novels, and the publisher emeritus and cofounder of Milkweed Editions.
Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published over 60 books.
Robert DeArmond is longtime executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Duluth.
Margot Fortunato Galt
Margot Fortunato Galt is a teacher, an author of poetry, prose, and memoir, and a MN Book Award nominee.
Rhoda Gilman is a cage-rattler, a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest, and a former Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor.
David Haynes is author of six critically acclaimed novels and five children’s books, and is director of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Mike Hazard is artist-in-residence at the Center for International Education. He has written, produced and directed a hundred documentaries, five of which have enjoyed a national release on PBS.
Jeremy Iggers ended a 20+ year career with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to become executive director of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, the non-profit organization that operates the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Louis Jenkins is a prose poet who has lived in Duluth, Minnesota, for over 30 years.
Julie Landsman, author of A White Teacher Talks About Race
, taught in the Minneapolis public schools for 25 years and blogs on the TC Daily Planet.
Lise Lunge-Larsen, known as “The Troll Lady”, is a well-known storyteller and award-winning author.
Freya Manfred’s poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies, and her half hour poem for television: The Madwoman and the Mask, appeared on KTCA-TV, Channel 2, in 1991.
Catherine Meier’s large-scale prints, drawings, and animations consider the ways in which we navigate open spaces and landscapes.
Peg Meier has written seven books about Minnesotans, past and present, and was an award-winning reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 35 years.
Larry Millett is a journalist and author, and former architectural critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Joe Paddock is a poet, environmentalist, and oral historian from Litchfield, Minnesota.
Mary Treacy is a one-time librarian-turned-community-journalist and former Director of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.
Will Weaver is an award-winning author who teaches creative writing at Bemidji State University.
Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German at the U of M, having published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes.