About Michael Frickstad

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“Words, words, words!” have dominated my life as writer, reader, teacher, journalist, songwriter, and speech coach. As a child of the 60s, I developed an eclectic taste that runs the gamut from history to spiritual texts, from music to photography, and from William Shakespeare to Ferdinand the Bull. My writing style, like my taste in chocolate, ranges from fluffy to dark and from traditional to quirky. Literary inspirations include Mark Twain, Daniel Quinn, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, and Dave Barry. (Like I said, I get a little quirky at times.)

Credentials

Bachelor of Science (Teaching) in language arts and social studies
Secondary teacher in language arts, social studies, drama for 35 years
Author
Speech/forensics coach for 39 years
President of Minnesota Speech Coach Association (2 years)
Theater director (musicals, one-act play competition, community theater)
Blogger
Journalist/reporter/commentator
Photographer
Musician

Awards
Teacher of the Month – St. Michael-Albertville High School (MN)
Two Diamond Coach – National Forensic League
District Coach of the Year – National Forensic League (2008)
Distinguished Service Award – Minnesota Speech Coaches Association
35-Year Service Award –┬áMinnesota Speech Coaches Association