Kaethe Schwehn teaches first-year writing and various creative writing courses. Schwehn's first book, Tailings: A Memoir, won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and her chapbook of poems, Tanka & Me, was selected for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. Her debut novel, The Rending and the Nest (Bloomsbury, 2018) received rave (and starred) reviews alike from outlets such as Library JournalBooklist, The Washington Post and Kirkus to name a few. In addition to holding MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Montana, Schwehn has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, a Minnesota Arts Board Grant, and a Loft Mentor Series Award. She is at work on her next novel.