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Welcome to One Minnesota Writer. 

I'm Kathleen Cassen Mickelson, a Minnesota-based writer. I created One Minnesota Writer to examine the writing life and creative process through stories and photography about travel, family, current events, and more. I also post writing prompts at the weekly First Five Fragments for Friday, announce friends' and friends-of-friends' publications at my monthly New Book News, talk about books. The possibilities are broad.


I have an MFA in creative nonfiction from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota. I've been on a few editorial staffs - five years at the now-defunct daily poetry journal Every Day Poets and a year at the short-lived flash fiction journal Fine Linen. I'm a proud co-founder of the quarterly poetry journal Gyroscope Review  where I also served as co-editor for five years. My own work in nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry has been published in several places. If you're curious about where, please see my Publications tab on this site.

This blog supports kindness, compassion, and curiosity. If that sounds good to you, please have a look around and return often. 

Thank you for reading.