Marianne Monson is the author of ten books for children and adults. She is deeply interested in the connection between literature and history, with a focus on the frontier era. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has two children and writes from a 100 year old house in the town of Astoria, Oregon. She has taught Creative Writing and English for a number of colleges, and currently teaches at Clatsop Community College. Her forthcoming book, Women of the Blue and Gray: Civil War Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies will be released in fall 2018.
Ann Mansolino is a visual artist whose work explores the relationship between the internal self and external ideas of place through photography, writing, and handmade books. She is interested in the ways in which landscape can help us understand ourselves – as metaphors for our internal experience, as well as expressions of our more literal relationship to nature and the larger world we inhabit.