Meet the Board

Mary Thompson-Bode – Social Media and Promotion

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, SuperiorFootprints.org

Lynn Johansen – Secretary, Treasurer

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.

Konnie LeMay – Events Co-Lead

Currently editor of Lake Superior Magazine, Konnie has worked for weekly and daily newspapers, including Indian Country Today, a national Native publication, when it was based in Rapid City, S.D. She has freelanced for a variety of publications, most recently for Minnesota Medicine, a Minnesota Medical Association publication; The Bark, a national dog-culture magazine; and The Wagazine, a pet magazine based in Rochester, Minn. She also spent a year observing publications in France as part of a Rotary Journalism Scholarship. Konnie believes she has some fiction in her and intends to let it out sometime soon.

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 douglewandowski.com.

Gail Trygstad – Events Co-Lead

Gail is a recently retired IT professional who worked at the UMD Library for 21 years, chairing the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) committee for many of those years. Meeting many aspiring and accomplished authors through the NEMBA events has inspired her to explore her own writing potential. 
One of her discoveries in retirement is the seemingly unlimited time available to refine and hone her projects as a fiber artist, to increase involvement in community volunteerism and to explore the world of travel. Living in the woods with a view of Lake Superior offers many inspirational opportunities for rewarding artwork, and outdoor activities. 

Bekky Vrabel – Administrator

Bekky is an academic librarian who recently returned to the north after working in a variety of positions in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She graduated from Northland College in 2010 with a BA in writing and English and is excited to participate in the writing community again. She enjoys knitting and crocheting with friends, reading and writing on the shores of Lake Superior, and cuddling her two cats, Fitz and Bing.