Meet the Board

Mary Thompson-Bode 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 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
A retired social worker, Christine Lynn Marcotte 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 ChrisMarcotteWrites.com.
Brian Matuszak is a writer/director/producer/performer for his theater company Rubber Chicken Theater. He has also written weekly humor columns for the Budgeteer and is currently working on a time travel comedy adventure novel. In fact, if he can get the science to work, he’s already written it. He teaches public speaking at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. When not writing, he enjoys geocaching, hiking, and being enthralled by his daughter’s success on local music stages.
Leslie Mehle is a librarian at Superior Public Library. A native of northern Wisconsin, she now lives in Duluth. Her favorite pastimes including swimming, shopping, fishing, baseball, long naps, writing, reading and spending time with her husband.
Kelsey Roseth is the owner of Kelsey Roseth Communications, a hybrid marketing agency based in Duluth, Minnesota. In her free time she reads, bakes, enjoys family time and writes as freelance journalist. Her bylines include Birds & Blooms, Country, The Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science blog, Culture Trip, Outdoor News, Upland Almanac, Northern Wilds, Make MN, The Woman Today and Duluth/Superior Living, among others. Her past writing experience includes serving as an advertising agency copywriter and IT-industry communications specialist. She began her career as a news anchor/reporter for WDAY-TV in Fargo, North Dakota.
Vickie Youngquist-Smith 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 is the administrator for Lake Superior Writers. In between helping her two teenagers navigate the world of online education, she 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.