Carla Hagen’s debut novel, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, won the 2012 Midwest Independent Publishers Awards (MIPA) for literary fiction and historical fiction. Muskeg, her second novel, was a 2023 MIPA finalist for Literary/Contemporary/Historical Fiction. Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Voices for the Land and When Last on the Mountain, as well as in journals like Talking Stick, Saint Paul Almanac, Border Senses and Sing, Heavenly Muse! The Minnesota-Canadian border, where she grew up, and Mexico, where she came of age, inform much of her work. She is a retired attorney who practiced law as a public defender, then as a prosecutor. When not writing, she swims, dances, hikes, travels and studies languages. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband, a poet, and is working on the third novel in her Minnesota-Canadian border trilogy.