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HERBACH, Geoff. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 30, 1969-- ) Herbach grew up in Platteville, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.

He is the author of one picture book and several novels, including The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, The Stupid Fast Trilogy, Fat Boy Vs. The Cheerleaders, Hair-pocalypse, Anything You Want, Hooper. Stupid Fast won the 2011 Cybils Award in the Young Adult Fiction category. Nothing Special won the 2013 Minnesota Book Award for Young People's literature. Cracking the Bell won the 2020 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by a Wisconsin author.

Herbach also wrote and performed comedy. He was a co-creator and writer for Electric Arc Radio, Radio Happy Hour, Powderkeg Live, and The Lit 6 Project. He co-wrote the musical "Don’t Crush Our Heart".

Herbach has published stories in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Middle West Review, MnArtists, American Nerd and presented on Minnesota Public Radio. (1)

Residing in Mankato, Minnesota, he is an associate professor and teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He recently published Strange Times, The Ghost in the Girl with Tom Lelonge. (2)



1. "Geoff Herbach," Wikipedia

2. Geoff Herbach, MFA, Minnesota State University, Online: https://hss.mnsu.edu/academic-programs/english/english-faculty--staff/geoff-herbach/