Beth Wright grew up in Berkeley, California, but has lived in Minneapolis since 1993 because she actually likes snow. She earned a BA from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and worked for a nonprofit disability advocacy organization before plunging into the publishing field. Her perspective as a manuscript editor has been enriched by classes in fiction, poetry, and personal essay writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She has been a board member of several organizations, including the Philanthrofund Foundation and the Bisexual Organizing Project. She has also been a volunteer mentor to students at a Minneapolis public high school. Most winter weekends find her cheering for the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team.
Our Minnesota native, Ann Delgehausen, is a perfectionist with a sense of proportion. She finds that all of her educational and vocational experiences—including a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), design and typography courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and some Near Eastern field archaeology work, riverboat bartending, and blacksmithing—turn out to be relevant to publishing. Ann serves on the boards of the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (University of Minnesota – Extension) and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, in which she also plays the violin. Lately she’s been reading more nonfiction than fiction: geology, agriculture, evolutionary biology, typography, building design, and the rural renaissance.
Zan Ceeley, a graduate of Hope College (Holland, MI) and the University of Notre Dame, has been involved in book publishing for more than twenty years. A life-long bicyclist who never stopped pedaling after getting her first bike, she loves the ever-expanding Twin Cities bike trails and is trying to teach her young pup to ride (nicely) in a bike trailer—it’s not working yet. She also volunteers weekly for Meals on Wheels and delivers using her bike trailer when the weather permits. For the past six years she has also volunteered with a neighborhood senior citizen assistance program, Nokomis Healthy Seniors, and has served recently as the board secretary. With her last bit of free time, Zan enjoys helping out at her son’s school and with the online children’s magazine Rainbow Rumpus.