grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in
the writing of her memoir, The Summer of
Ordinary Ways. She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from
Minnesota State University, Mankato. Based on the novel’s first chapter, NPR’s
Scott Simon awarded The Turtle Catcher
the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly. Helget lives in Minnesota
with her husband and six children.
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