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Writer, educator and playwright Michael Norman is the author most recently of the third edition of HAUNTED WISCONSIN, published by the University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books.

He has also written THE NEARLY DEPARTED: MINNESOTA GHOST STORIES AND LEGENDS, published by The Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Earlier, he collaborated with the late Beth Scott on the popular Haunted America series including HAUNTED HEARTLAND, HAUNTED AMERICA, HISTORIC HAUNTED AMERICA, and HAUNTED HERITAGE. As a solo author most recently he wrote HAUNTED HOMELAND, released in 2006 by Tor/Forge Books. All the books are available in trade paperback and as e-books.

Norman is the co-author with Carol Roecklein of two vocabulary-building books for ages 12 and up: WORDWISE, VOCABULARY GUIDES TO ENHANCE YOUR REAL-WORLD CONVERSATIONS. Both are published by MindWare, a leading distributor of educational materials. The books can be ordered directly from the publisher at www.mindwareonline.com.

As a playwright, Norman wrote "Entering the Circle: The Lives of Pioneer Farm Women" for the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial with support from a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The play used diaries, memoirs, letters and other reminiscences to tell the story of rural women Midwestern farm women. He has also written "The Land Endures," about the emigrant experience, and "Nye and Riley Tonight!" based on the nineteenth century lyceum programs of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley and Wisconsin humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye.

Norman is an emeritus professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he taught a wide-range of courses in writing, media law, public opinion and broadcast journalism. He served as department chair for 18 years, managed the Midwest Writers' Conference, served as director of the UW-River Falls University Press and co-founded and later managed public radio station WRFW-FM. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, Wis.