Meet the Board

Mary Thompson-Bode – Social Media Lead

Mary is a professional writer with a background in journalism and communications. She is the author of “Timeless Vision,” a history of the Duluth Clinic and has recently started pursuing a life-long dream of writing fiction. Raised in Huntsville, Alabama, she spent time in the Twin Cities and northern Wisconsin before settling in the Twin Ports with her husband Chris and Welsh Cardigan Corgis Stella and Dexter.

Molly Brewer Hoeg – Chair, Technology Projects

Molly retired from a career in IT management, returned to her home town of Duluth and turned her hand to writing which was a lifelong interest. She has become a regular contributor to a number of regional magazines, as well as writing for Adventure Cyclist. When not sitting in front of a keyboard, she can be found outdoors running, cycling or cross-country skiing. She and her husband spend about a month each year touring by bicycle, which has become the basis of her forever project – a book with the working title of Life Cycling. She chronicles her adventures on her blog,

Lynn Johansen – Secretary

Lynn works in organic certification and finds solace in making the time to put words on a page. Since the COVID pandemic, she has focused on analog methods and tools to create added value and dimension to her poetry. Letterpress and typewriters expand her creativity and result in unique and beautiful presentation of limited editions. Her recent move to Duluth has energized her writing production and hopefully in that mass of writing, some positive results.

Doug Lewandowski – Blog

Doug has walked a varied path. He was a Christian Brother, an English teacher/counselor and is a retired Licensed Psychologist. He finds children and young adults fascinating, and wishes he had another life to work with very young kids as a therapist.
Doug writes a column for the Duluth News Tribune. He had a story published in the Nemadji Review and placed third in 2020 in the Jade Ring’s short story contest of the Wisconsin Writer’s Association. He recently had a short story accepted for fall publication in the Jack Pine’s Writer’s Bloc Talking Stick. Doug lives in Duluth near the big lake. His website is

Christine Lynn Marcotte – Membership Lead, Special Projects

A retired social worker, Chris writes historical fiction and nonfiction. She began writing after listening to the stories of her ninety-eight-year-old grandmother who taught in one-room schools. Chris’s love of local history inspired the Reminisce column which she has written since 2014 for the Deer River and Grand Rapids newspapers. She recently completed her first manuscript, What Amelia Knows, a novel about the actual ax murder of her third great-grandfather.
Chris has published short stories and essays in regional and international journals. She is working on a historical trilogy and a linked short story collection. Her blog is

Vickie Youngquist-Smith – Vice Chair, Contest Lead

Vickie enjoys writing fiction and creative nonfiction. She’s working on a collection of short stories. She writes to classical music while her two standard poodles relax on the nearby couch. When she’s not writing, she loves to read and quilt or watch British comedies and mysteries. She has good times taking her grandchildren on local adventures involving Lake Superior. Her number one travel wish is to visit the Shetland Islands. She publishes her work as Victoria Lynn Smith.

Jeni Torgerson – Administrator

Jeni enjoys winter and summer biking, small game hunting, and amateur photography. She dreams of a post-pandemic world where she can meet other writers outside of tiny online picture boxes.