Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #4
Bemidji, MN 56601  ~ 218-755-2068


Sean Hill
Conference Director ~
Sean Hill has worked with the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference for six years. He is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). Hill has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants for his poetry, which has appeared in Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and other literary journals and anthologies. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota, and teaches in Fairbanks, Alaska as a member of the creative writing faculty at UA-Fairbanks. More information can be found at

Mathew Hawthorne
Conference Coordinator ~
Mathew Hawthorne has the great privilege to work with the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference for a third year. He helps process participant applications, responds to questions, and works with the director to coordinate the conference – a glorious gathering of poets and writers that is the highlight of the year. In his youth, Mathew worked on sailboats, including as a charter skipper in the Caribbean and elsewhere. He is currently a graduate student and an instructor in the English Department at Bemidji State University. His poems have appeared in Fire Ring Voices and Rivers Meeting. Mathew lives in the northwoods with his wife Debra and their animals. Please email Mat if you have any questions regarding the Northwoods Writers Conference.

Sara Dennison
Conference Administrator

Angie Gora
BSU Summer Program Director ~ 218-755-2068
For logistical questions pertaining to housing, meals, or online registration please contact Angie Gora.