Michael Fedo

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Duluth, Minnesota native Michael Fedo, is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth and Kent State University, where he earned a Master's in broadcasting and theater. He performed for four years as part of folksinger/​comic duo, which was booked at college campuses, night clubs, and coffee houses throughout the Midwest.
He taught two years of English at Denfeld High School before leaving Duluth in 1964.

For the next 32 years, he taught courses in public speaking, broadcasting, and theater at colleges in Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, and Minnesota. During those decades, he published articles and essays in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, McCalls, Parade, Sports Afield, and Runner's World---where he was a contributing editor. He also published more than 50 short stories in magazines and literary quarterlies, including, The North American Review, American Way, America West Airlines Magazine, Weber, North Dakota Quarterly, Underground Voices, and December, among others. Several of Fedo's essays have been broadcast over Public Radio stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida.

Michael Fedo is the author of nine books, most recently--- Zenith City: Stories From Duluth (Minnesota University Press). His subjects vary widely and include: The Lynchings in Duluth, The Man From Lake Wobegon, One Shining Season, One Bad Dude, (coauthor with Ted Jefferson), Chronicles of Aunt Hilma, Indians in the Arborvitae, (a novel), Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names, and A Sawdust Heart, by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo. He is currently creating a readers' theater script titled, Trial By Mob, adapted from his book, The Lynchings in Duluth, which is being produced by the St. Cloud State University public radio station.

Selected Works

Fiction
"This slender volume is an exercise in humor writing of a kind one rarely finds these days." Omaha World-Herald. From the beginning the book is chock full of laughs and chuckles, which I attribute to Fedo's gifted creativity in his use of words and word pictures." Star Astrologer Books 5 Stars "This book is non-stop laughs!" Huntress Reviews "(Fedo) has written a madcap honey." Dave Wood, syndicated book columnist "(Fedo) has a sharp eye for humor and parody. . . . He gives us a number of comical debacles, amnd some wonderfjul Dickensian caricature." Whistling Shade
Memoir
"A memoir, with a smattering of local history, Fedo’s collection will engage any reader with his fond and frank reminiscences of family life combined with vivid recollections of his native Duluth as it once was and, in many ways, still is. Thoroughly enjoyable." -- Jim Heffernan, author of Cooler Near the Lake: Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines
by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo
A glimpse into a forgotten era of popular entertainment.
Nonfiction
The story of the June 15, 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth, Minnesota.

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