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Halee Kirkwood is a descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and a descendant of a long legacy of public transit riders. A first generation college student and proud Upward Bound alumn, Kirkwood graduated from Northland College in 2015 and earned an MFA from Hamline University in 2019. Other honors include a 2019-2020 Loft Mentor Series Fellowship, a 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Teaching Fellowship at Arizona State University, and both Pushcart and Best Of The Net nominations. Kirkwood is a bookseller at Birchbark Books and currently teaches an introduction to publishing course at Hamline University, where they work together with undergraduate student writers to create Runestone Journal.