Craig J. Hansen

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craig-hansenCraig Hansen is from Green Bay, Wisconsin but lived in Illinois from the age of 10 to 25. He has a BA in Political Science (with a minor in English and Anthropology) and an MA in English; both from the University of Illinois. In 1993 he completed a Ph.D in English at the University of Minnesota with a focus on Technical Communication. During the years between his MA and Ph.D, he worked in the computer industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions.

Hansen has published several academic articles and a few short stories, but “The Skeleton Train”, published in 2010 by Sky Blue Waters Press, is his first novel. Hansen’s second novel, “Winter Lake”, was published in 2012, and is a sequel to “The Skeleton Train”. Hansen is also the co-author of “Nonacademic Writing: Social Theory and Technology”, published in 1995 by Lawrence Erlbaum.

Hansen lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife, Karen. He’s Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition to teaching, he is a musician who devotes equal time to writing and music, and plays lead guitar (but is not an original member) for the More-Tishans, a local band in Stillwater, Minnesota that had the one-hit-wonder, “(I’ve got) Nowhere to Run”, in 1966. He also plays guitar for the group Cattail Moon Band. He’s played the guitar in many bands since the age of fourteen, and can also play the mandolin and accordion.

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