Alumni Authors

Recently published books by alumni

Amalia (Stankavage) Dillin, ’07, released “Son of Zues” on May 20. She is the author of 22 novels and novellas and a handful of short stories, under three pen names – Amalia Dillin, Amalia Carosella, and Amalia Theresa.

Joseph Holt, '07, published his debut story collection, "Golden Heart Parade," in September.  It was a winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Book Prize.

Keith Cohen, '79, '82, released his debut novel "A Season Unknown." He is a child and adolescent psychologist practicing in Westwood, Mass. 

Jack Knutson, '74, published a motivational book, "Pay the Price: Your Dreams Are Worth It."

Jamie Stoudt, '77, released his second novel, "Don't Get Caught." 

Lisa Hesse, '87, published her first book "Getting Past the Pandemic: Exercises for Healing the Emotional Trauma of COVID-19." She works in infection prevention in northern Minnesota. 

Manuel Moran, ..'92, has released his new book, "Fountain of Health: Regain Your Health, Happiness, and Lose Weight. A Revolution in Health for Everybody."

Shelly Matthews, '84, co-authored a two volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke: Luke 1 - 9, and Luke 10-24. Volumes 43 A & 43 B of the Wisdom Commentary Series. Thanks. She is a professor of New Testament at the Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth.

Judy (Price) Cook, '68, wrote a children’s book about change, Ted and Lena’s Giant Fir Tree, during the COVID-19 lockdown. She also published a third edition of her popular memoir about her grandparents who homesteaded in Kidder County, N.D.: "If This Land Could Talk, Homesteading on the Northern Plains." Judy lives in Southern California.

Sarah Vogel, '67, wrote "The Farmer's Lawyer" about her experience as a young attorney fighting for farmers facing foreclosure in the 1980s.
Elaine (Staael) Haugen, '59, has had her book posthumously published by her family. "Rings of a Family Tree" is available through Amazon and the Dakota Store in Jamestown.

A.L. Bruno, '97, crafted “Stars Forever Black:  Book I of the Star Lion Saga” during the 2020 lockdowns. "On Quiet Fire,” and “Demons of the Dark” are currently in edit.
James Puppe, '68, was honored with a 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Midwest - Best Regional Non-Fiction category for his book, "Dakota Attitude: Interviews from Every Town in North Dakota." 
David Bailly, ..'72, '76, has published "America ... Still Going," a follow-up to his 2019 work "America Going, Going ...". The books describe how the baby boomers were raised in the heartland by the Greatest Generation, and how those principles have been significantly discarded by subsequent generations, leading to the America of today. Both can be purchased on Amazon. 
Barry Dalberto, ’70, has published “Brave Nisayenh Ma'iinga,” a sequel to his 2017 book, “Distant Dreamer.” Both books are available on Amazon or by emailing He is retired, living in a small town near Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Sharon Drewlo, '88, a pediatric occupational therapist, wrote "Guide & Grow: Baby's 1st Year."
John Truesdell, '67, has published a factual thriller called "Timeflash: How Fast Momentous Events Transpire in the Lifetime of One Man and His Family."

Denise Lajimodiere, '78, '96, '06, has published a new book of poetry, "His Feathers Were Chains." It is available from NDSU Press, Baker and Taylor, Amazon and independent bookstores.

David Espindola, '87, published a business book titled "he Exponential Era - Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Curve in an Era of Chaotic Changes and Disruptive Forces." Learn more at
Mike Jacobs, '70, '14, authored "The Duck Factory: A History of Waterfowl in North Dakota" and "The Bank of North Dakota  |  From Surviving to Thriving - The First 100 Years."

Jamie Stoudt, ‘77, has published his first novel, “Back Again,” through Beaver’s Pond Press, in hardcover and e-book. His second novel, “Don’t Get Caught,” is currently in editing at the publisher, and his third novel, “Donna Carlasccio,” is completed, in manuscript form. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Jane Kurtz, '95, has written "Chickens on the Loose," a rhyming/counting children's book inspired by her neighbors' hilarious stories of backyard flock escapees. Jane shares the story behind the story in this short video.

Mardeen (Whitty) Schultz, ’90, wrote and published her first children’s book. Harry the Happy Troll tells the story of a young troll who ignores the social norms of the troll world and befriends a human boy. You can find it on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Paul Legler, '76, has been named a Foreword Indie Book of the Year finalist for his novel "Half the Terrible Things." He lives in Minneapolis.