Gallery: Bemidji State University’s Annual Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

An award-winning lineup of authors from around the nation read their work at evening presentations during Bemidji State University’s annual Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference (MNWC) that began on June 17.

Featured authors included:

Selected for their success as writers and authors as well as their teaching ability, each author also participated in the conference as teaching faculty. The conference’s faculty has included National Education Association fellows, winners of significant honors such as the National Book Award and a future U.S. Poet Laureate.

All public readings were held in the Gathering Room of Bemidji State’s American Indian Resource Center. Readings included a post-event reception and book signing.

About the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference brings writers together on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji with talented and renowned faculty from across the country. Participants spend their days during the week-long conference in workshops with faculty and fellow students for feedback and encouragement. Other conference activities include various literary events, opportunities to explore the Bemidji community and evening reading events.

  • Mathew Hawthorne, conference coordinator; 218-755-2068,

Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.