Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer, indexer, and editor for more than 25 years. She has more than 7,000 published articles, poems, and short stories, and more than a dozen published books of fiction and nonfiction. Her book titles include: Insider's Guide to the Twin Cities, Walking Twin Cities, Music Theory for Dummies (also released in Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Persian, Polish, Italian, and Russian editions), Music Composition for Dummies (also released in German and Spanish editions), Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, a novel titled The Book Of (Damnation Books), and the poetry books The Smell of Snow (ELJ Press) and The Yellow Dot of a Daisy (Alien Buddha Press). Her newest poetry collections, A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press) and I'm in a Place Where Reason Went Missing (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.) will be out late 2018.
Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, an Isaac Asimov Award, six Pushcart awards, and three Dzanc Book's Best of the Web awards. She is the recipient of two Midwest Writer's Grants, a Plainsongs Award, and the 2011 Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry. She has been a featured presenter at Write On, Door County (WI), North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference (CA), the Spirit Lake Poetry Series (MN), and is scheduled to be a presenter at the 2018 Hampton Roads Writer’s Festival in Virginia Beach, VA.