Our Misfit team is spread across the globe, so finding fun ways to share our lives together can prove to be a challenge.

This weekend, however, we rallied around a common hashtag #weekendatmisfit to more easily glimpse into each other’s lives.

Now, we’d like to share our weekend highlights with you :)

In the Philippines, Dino proudly beat our resident pool shark Cheese at an intense battle on the felted green. 


Their night’s festivities were fueled by beer and Mississippi mud pie. 


Then, to mellow things out, the lovely Chloe wowed the team by turning wine into popsicles. Magic is real.


In Canada, our Misfit Press team, Jessie and Matt, spent a romantic evening on a dock, sipping wine, and watching the sun set on another week.


This was the calm before the storm to come, which involved a rave and drinking in a basement converted into a speakeasy ‘til the wee hours of the morning.


Jessie would like to note, however, that she did round out her partying by baking bread, visiting a farmer’s market, and attending a vegan food festival. #multifacetedmisfit  

In California, our Misfit worlds collided in reality, as AJ and Melissa’s Shakespeare on the Road extravaganza passed through Geni and Mirko’s neck of the woods.


Together, they attended a play at the Theatricum Botanicum; an outdoor stage presiding among the trees.



It should also be noted that AJ and Melissa made a point to show up at Geni’s doorstep at 10pm with two bottles of Prosecco in hand. Classic.


In Fargo, our Wordsmith-in-Residence, Dane, teamed up with local coffee artisan Young Blood Coffee (Ian Johnson) to give out free coffee to the citizenry of this fair city.


Fargo’s WDAY News found Misfit’s generous exploits to be newsworthy and featured them on the five o’clock slot. Ian and Dane made sure to schmooze the reporter into joining them for a photo in front of our friend’s shop Unglued


Then, Dane fled to the lakes country where he played bocce ball, sipped on Moscow Mules, and attended a yacht club party. The photo of this bird house in some Minnesota woods conveys his appreciation of the simpler things in life.


In Texas, our ridiculously talented artist, and web-designer, Cebo, found himself in close proximity to a horse, as he walked the streets of Austin en route to see a performance by Kawehi


He also made his way to a beach in Panama City, Florida, teasing our landlocked Misfits with a video post of waves washing up on sandy shores.  

We hope you enjoyed this casual and playful look at how us Misfits celebrate the weekend. 

~ Misfits ‘round the globe

For the last two years, AJ and a man named Hal O’Leary have exchanged poetic pleasantries over email. Hal is in his eighties; a World War II veteran; a former professor; a man of the theater; and a lifelong Misfit.

He is also a prolific writer, particularly of poetry, and has made a point of regularly responding to AJ’s thought-provoking essays on the Pursuit of Everything with inspired, poetic replies. In fact, AJ now has an entire email folder dedicated to Hal’s writing.

Recently, we had the honor of interviewing Hal for a new Misfit podcast series that will feature the remarkable Misfits within our community.

The following interview, produced by our Princess of Organising Chaos, Jessie White, and Fargo-based Wordsmith-in-Residence, Dane Johnson, records stories from a life driven by curiosity, surrounded by wars, and still clinging to the hope that man is innately good.   

Without further adieu, we sincerely hope you enjoy the wisdom and poetry of Mr. Hal O’Leary.

Bonus track: If you want more of Hal’s poetry in your life, listen to his reading of A Failed Man; a poem about his ongoing friction with society.

Misfit is running a scriptwriting competition this summer!

Basically, if you are a scriptwriter, or you are connected to someone who is, we are offering the ridiculously rare and exciting opportunity to have their script developed into a short film. 

From now until October 1st, we are accepting screenplay submissions, we will choose the winner by November 1st and the film will go into production shortly after.

The film will be screened at the second annual Misfit Film Festival and will be produced by Misfit and directed by talented young filmmaker, Ed Rigg.

To enter the competition, fill in this form. For more information go to filmfestival.misfit.co

Spread the word kids! :)


Young Blood Coffee Roaster’s founder Ian Johnson is a man that fights for simplicity.

Go to his website and you’ll find one button to click (minus the social media icons), which will lead you to one product to purchase. And we can assure you that this one product will knock your socks off.

He makes damn good coffee. It’s as simple as that.

So, when we hosted our second annual Misfit Con in Fargo, we were relieved to meet Ian and learn that it was possible to find a good cup of coffee in this town. Besides, his deliberately simple and intentional approach to life instantly connected us.

Upon recognizing that we were cut from the same cloth, he generously donated his roast for our Misfit’s morning coffee ritual, so that, unlike the year before, we wouldn’t have to ship in a brew that’s palatable.

Based in Fargo, Young Blood is introducing this region of the world to the kinds of artisan coffees that you’ll find in places like New York, Portland, and San Francisco. Ian isn’t doing this on a massive, sell-out scale, nor does he want to.

Instead, little by little, he’s choosing his moments, his customers, and his options without diluting the potency of the coffee he so meticulously brews.

And now, to give Fargoans a taste of what fine coffee tastes like, we’re partnering with Ian to host “Coffee on the Misfits.”

This Saturday, in front of our friends’ shop Unglued, we will be giving away cups of Young Blood’s coffee, starting at 8am and lasting as long as we’ve got beans to grind and brew.

Make your way over to meet Ian, have your Saturday morning coffee, and enjoy a cup on Misfit. 

See you there!

~ Dane Johnson, Wordsmith-in-Residence based in Misfit’s Fargo outpost, The Raven’s Nest.

Wolftree Magazine founder Noah Kupcho is the son of a lumber-jacking coal miner.

After spending his early years in his hometown of rural Hazen, North Dakota, Noah made his way east for college, where he found a creative outlet in making photo books and zines.


When he graduated with a degree in photography from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2012, he encountered a challenge faced by many graduates with liberal arts degrees: how to turn creative passion into something ongoing and sustainable.

Like many bold men from stories past, Noah was inspired to take a risk on his creativity by the instigation of a beautiful woman; his wife Brooke.

“I probably would’ve just backed away had I known that I would have to spend $37k in the first short while,” he recalled, “but ignorance was on our side.”

And compelled by more than just ignorance, Noah and Brooke were surrounded by friends and collaborators who believed in their dream and voiced their support. One such advocate was Ecce Art Gallery’s owner, Mark Weiler, who encouraged their aspirations, lending them a great deal of confidence in their vision.

Then, a serendipitous collision of events transpired during Misfit’s first annual conference in May 2013 — the very same time Wolftree would be launching their magazine’s first volume.

Mark introduced AJ and Melissa to Noah and Brooke, which planted the seeds that would soon blossom into a beautiful partnership. At this year’s second annual Misfit Con, the inclusion of Wolftree Magazine in Misfit’s craft publishing arm, Misfit Press, was officially announced.

“They call us the Wolftree kids because they want to help us out,” Noah shared with a laugh.

In his humble and soft-spoken way, he continued to explain that Misfit isn’t like a typical publishing house that only seeks to make a quick profit off of their creative work.

In fact, AJ told Noah that he knew Misfit probably wouldn’t make a dime on this investment. But, Misfit absolutely shares Noah’s passion for the arts — that was the reason for starting the Misfit Journal and that was the reason for wanting to partner with Wolftree.

“It’s really shocking to see someone help you out when it’s not helping them out,” Noah added.

In the partnership, Wolftree retains all creative freedom to make the magazine that they’ve dreamed of making.


“It’s their magazine, we just help them publish it,” said Misfit Press’ Director Jessie White.

What’s a Wolftree?

The word Wolftree literally means, “a very large forest tree that has a wide-spreading crown and inhibits or prevents the growth of smaller trees around it.

The name was decided upon during a Christmas gathering with friends in Noah and Brooke’s apartment in Fargo. In thinking up names, a friend shouted out “Wolftree!” and everyone agreed that the name sounded intriguing.

Upon looking up its definition they realized that it was the complete opposite of what they hoped for the magazine to accomplish. So, rather than scrap the word, they simply decided to lend it a new definition by associating it with things that represent their vision.  

“By doing so, we aim to redefine the way people view what comes out of Fargo,” Noah said.

Instead of growing so big that nothing can grow up around it, Wolftree exists to allow others an opportunity to thrive.


“When we started, it was for me to show my work because I was stuck and no one thought I was important. I felt diminished,” Noah explained.

“Everyone wants to feel important, so to be able to do that for someone is our mission; to raise someone up is why we started.”

In selecting submissions, he said they look for someone excited about what they do. Celebrity, widespread social networks, and a thriving web presence aren’t required. Instead, Noah picks the pieces that resonate with him and his editorial team. He selects the submissions that give him chills or bring tears to his eyes.

Starting a business was not without its challenges, but Noah recalls the words of his coal-mining/lumberjack father when he showed him Wolftree Vol. 1:  “I am proud of you and what you’re doing.” For a man mostly disconnected from the world of art and creative communication mediums to so readily validate the importance of Wolftree was all the encouragement Noah needed to continue on with Vol. 2.


In addition to paternal support, Noah credited the community of Fargo, the Misfits, and Wolftree readers for the ongoing success of the magazine.

“Support and relationships have been the most beneficial things. Being in a community like Fargo has been everything for us.”  

The magazine has only been in existence for a little over a year, but they are well on their way to publishing Volume IV. When asked what this year has taught him, Noah said that it may sound cliché, but that he’s learning to go after the things he really wants in life.

He posed a musing challenge as we concluded our interview:

“People live foolishly,” he said, adding that we should do something that we actually want, rather than stuff that bogs us down.

He now aims to use Wolftree as a megaphone for a voice that’s been lost in the world of magazine.  

“We’re trying to reclaim a voice of humility and honor,” he said.

Whether submitted pieces are published on Wolftree.co or printed in beautifully crafted volumes, every single drop of creative energy is poured into each and every aspect of their work. From the design, editing and layout, to the stunning photography that accompanies written pieces (often taken by Noah himself), to choosing the paper, ink saturations and packaging. Everything about Wolftree is intentional.

“We’re not here to make money, we do it because we love it.”

Check out the magazine for yourself at Wolftree.co and keep up with their ridiculously beautiful photo updates on Instagram.

~ Dane Johnson, Wordsmith-in-Residence posted up in Misfit’s Raven’s Nest in Fargo. 

This morning’s One Million Cups Fargo featured two presenters from drastically different fields, but with equally inspiring vision. 


First up was Jeremy Neuharth of SYCORR.

He unashamedly shared his passion for banks and credit unions. 

His company has implemented guerrilla tactics to break into industries that are aversive to change…like the financial industry.

Seeing that more education is needed for the protection of consumers’ personal information, and their money which can be accessed with said information, he created SYCORR to index and benchmark all the information-gathering processes of credit unions throughout the US.

Second up was Mama Jean.

She wanted to create a easy-to-obtain meal option that was more delicious than take-out and much healthier than fast food. 

To accomplish this goal, she founded Z!NG, Dinner in a Dash

After working with app-making magicians over at Myriad Mobile, she launched an app-based ordering feature for people to scan through her 39-item menu and pick up their home-cooked comfort foods while on the move. 

"I want to offer a healthier version of the comfort foods we grew up with," she said. 


As is customary at One Million Cups Fargo, Greg Tehven interviewed and facilitated questions from the 224 people in attendance. 

Once again, the Fargo community displayed their willingness to help companies like Z!NG and SYCORR through their insightful questions and collaborative spirit. 

How can we help Z!NG? 

Download their app.

Try their food!

And, give honest feedback about your customer experience process. 

How can we help SYCORR? 

Spread the word about the alarming number of incidences of “click-jacking fraud”. Awareness-raising gives rise to change.  

SYCORR has provided an easy-to-share resource at their website.

All in all, it was another inspiring morning at The Stage in Island Park. 

~ Dane Johnson, Wordsmith-in-Residence at the Raven’s Nest in Fargo. 

Attention filmmakers!

We have decided to extend the submission deadline for Filming Shakespeare to August 1st.

Filming Shakespeare is an annual film festival that Misfit produces in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The King of Shakespeare himself, Sir Kenneth Branagh, is the patron of this film festival which is now in its second year.

Quite a few filmmakers asked us for an extension on the original July 1st deadline to give them more time to get their films completely polished and so we decided to extend the deadline for all. Hurrah! So, if you’re a filmmaker and you are making, or have made, a short film that in some way relates to William Shakespeare and his works or his life, please submit through the form over at Filming Shakespeare before August 1st. 

The ten finalists will have their short films screened at the second Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford upon Avon in the first week of October. The final winner will be chosen by some kick-ass judges and will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a Filming Shakespeare laurel. 


Miguel Danielson is a co-founder of the Fargo-based entrepreneurial support squad Emerging Prairie, a company committed to creating an environment where entrepreneurs and startups can thrive. As a partner in their mission, Misfit sat down with Miguel to ask him about the vision behind their newest venture, the Fargo Startup House.


The following conversation pieces were recorded on the front porch of 721 9th St. N. in Fargo, ND, the site of this homey entrepreneurial haven.


Community: First, they began building up the house’s community by reaching out to mentors and building a network of relational support.

Secondly, they paid special attention to the design details within the home itself, as they’re working to make it optimally conducive for the creative minds it will soon accommodate. 

Crafting these customizations was left in the creative hands of furniture-making artisan Brandon Laplante. All of the wood, brick, and furniture pieces in these photos reflect his craftsmanship, as well as the house’s devotion to details. 


LocationMiguel shared why they chose this particular home and neighborhood for their startup house. (Apologies for the noisy wind…nature’s effects still elude our control :) 


Misfit’s Contributions: In his words, listen to Miguel’s explanation of how Misfit is investing in the startup house project.

Stay up to speed with all that’s happening at the Fargo Startup House by signing up for updates at their website

~ Dane Johnson, Wordsmith-in-Residence at Misfit’s “Raven’s Nest” in Fargo.

This is no ordinary house, it’s the Fargo Startup House; a homey entrepreneurial incubator that we’re thrilled to call partner. More info to come, so stay tuned!