Meet the Board

Maddie Cohen is a freelance content writer, editor, and photographer. Previously, she reported the news in Montana, where she launched her career after graduating from UC Berkeley. When she’s not at her desk, you can find Maddie out of breath on the Superior Hiking Trail, or in summer, losing her balance on a stand-up paddleboard.

Linda Conradi is on the Lifelong Learning faculty for Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, where she leads book discussions in a class that she calls, “Hooked on Books.”  She lives in Duluth where she reads, plans her classes, writes poetry and articles, and goes walking in good weather, camera in hand. Linda enjoys connecting with other writers and readers.

Gail Henderson is a retired public school educator recently transplanted from Oklahoma to Minnesota. She loves everything Minnesotan except the mosquitoes. She recently collaborated with an Oklahoma photographer to produce Bare, a book of poems and pictures that encapsulates the essence of being a woman. She writes poetry with an edge, gardens with abandon, and edits viciously.

Brooks Johnson tells the Northland’s stories as an investigative journalist with the Duluth News Tribune. He grew up in Fargo, graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism and lived and worked in Idaho, Washington and Oregon before putting down roots in Duluth. Brooks likes to bike, hike, fly fish and write bad poetry. Keep up with his work at

John Knapp graduated from St. Olaf College and now peddles literature at the Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth . Before moving to the Zenith City, he lived in Madison, Wisconsin working as a preschool teacher. John spends his free time mumbling to himself as he reads, listening to the Twins on the radio, and chasing after his miscreant dog.

Jenna Kowaleski uses her degree in public relations from the U of M – Twin Cities in her day job as an Account Manager and Strategist at Swim Creative. She spends the hours before dawn writing novels and short stories, as well as working on her book review site:

Chris Pascone attended Macalester College in St. Paul and then spent the next 14 years in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he earned a Master’s in Russian Language and Literature. Chris currently teaches ESL and writing at UW-Superior. He enjoys writing poetry about his trips to the Boundary Waters, and writes a blog about his family’s outdoor adventures in Duluth:

Felicia Schneiderhan is the author of the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler. Her work appears in Real Simple, Chicago Sun-Times, Great Lakes Review, Literary Mama, Lake Superior Magazine, Sport Literate, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Duluth, where she writes in whatever closet she thinks her three tsunamis won’t find her.

Marie Zhuikov is a novelist, poet and science writer from Duluth. Her two eco-mystic romance novels set in northern Minnesota were published by North Star Press: “Eye of the Wolf” and “Plover Landing.” Her most recent work is “Going Coastal: An Anthology of Lake Superior Short Stories (2017, North Star Press), which she edited and co-authored. Her poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies and community projects. Zhuikov has a BA in science journalism and an MA in public health journalism. When not writing fiction, she writes nonfiction as a science communicator for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Program. For more information, visit

Before she became LSW’s first Administrator, Gail Trowbridge was LSW’s volunteer newsletter editor. She has worked as a freelance writer, while writing fiction on the side. Gail is a coffee snob and struggles with a chronic book-buying disorder.