Dan Chouinard is a pianist and accordionist for a diverse and distinguished roster of artists in the Twin Cities and beyond including Prudence Johnson, Maria Jette, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, James Sewell Ballet and Vocalessence. As a musician and writer he’s regularly commissioned to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society, and others.
Erin McKean is a lexicographer and the founder of the new online dictionary Wordnik.com. Previously, she was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e. She is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (also about words).