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The Loft contracts with hundreds of published writers, agents, and editors to teach our classes. To learn about our diverse and talented roster of teaching artists, browse the list below.

 

Fayise Abrahim

Fayise Abrahim is the Organizing and Training Director at Voices for Racial Justice, building and coordinating our longstanding Organizing Training. As a poet, she is also an emerging local writer with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

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Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers is the author of Assassin's Heart (HarperTeen 2016) and has a Masters degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Her short stories have appeared in Dark Moon Digest and Dark Moon Digest Young Adult.

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Ellen Akins

Ellen Akins is the author of the novels Home Movie (Simon & Schuster), Little Woman and Public Life (HarperCollins) and Hometown Brew (Alfred A. Knopf) and the short story collection World Like a Knife (Johns Hopkins University Press). Ellen is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

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Mike Alberti

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mike Alberti is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Minnesota, where he also teaching undergraduate fiction writing.

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Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the author of the upcoming memoir, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox OutlawPoor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, and the James Beard Award-winning narrative blog of the same name. 

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Selena Anderson

Selena Anderson's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, JoylandAGNI, and Best of Gigantic. Originally from Pearland, Texas, Anderson completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she won the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize. She is working on a collection of stories.

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Janet Anderson

Janet Anderson began her teaching career as faculty in English at St. Catherine University and has tutored K-12 students at Huntington Learning Center and St. Louis Park Schools in Minnesota. She is the director of faith formation for children and adults at Edina Morningside Community Church.

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Annette Atkins

Annette Atkins is a historian and the author of Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out, among other books and articles. She was a regular on public radio, and has long been a teacher of writing and history.

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Jonathon Atkinson

Jonathon Atkinson is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He grew up in Northern California, where he studied philosophy and English literature at UC Berkeley; afterwards, he lived in Berlin, Germany and Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught at the city’s only public Montessori school and co-founded Baltimore’s first citywide literary magazine for public school students.

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Linda Back McKay

Linda Back McKay is a poet, author, and longtime teaching artist with the Loft. She especially loves helping new or returning writers blossom.

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M. Molly Backes

M. Molly Backes is the author of an awarding-winning YA novel, The Princesses of Iowa. She works and teaches at StoryStudio Chicago, and she appears at writing festivals and conferences across the U.S.

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Jeanne Bain

Jeanne Bain has an affinity for fanfic, all things dark, producing community radio, and singing Broadway showtunes out of key while doing dishes. Her teaching and writing focus on creative process, rather than product, which allows the moments of our ordinary, everyday lives to inspire the extraordinary.

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Rosanne Bane

Rosanne Bane is a creativity coach, teaching artist, speaker, and author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance. A veteran teacher, she has helped thousands of writers, artists and creatives achieve their goals.

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Ben Barnhart

Ben Barnhart was an editor for Milkweed Editions and for Revolver. He’s worked with a wide range of renowned authors, and teaches with the MFA program for Sierra Nevada College. Read More

Becca Barniskis

Becca Barniskis has a chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket (Anomalous Press), that is available also as a musical collaboration with Nick Jaffe. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, among them Sporklet, Handsome, Mid-American Review, Conduit, Prairie Schooner, and Blackbird.

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Marge Barrett

Marge Barrett is the author of prose and poetry that has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She recently completed a memoir and a full-length poetry collection. Read More

Hadley Barrows

Hadley Barrows has been a professional writer for more than ten years—helping large and small clients organize their stories in ways that compel action. She has taught teens and adults in classes through Minneapolis Community Education, private tutoring and other workshops like Work Ready—a program that focused on helping low-income, unemployed workers articulate their strengths and find rewarding work.

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Sarah Ratermann Beahan

Sarah Ratermann Beahan is a MFA student at Goddard College studying long-form fiction. She is currently writing a novel, but is also a short-story writer, a playwright and a blogger. Her work appears in SWAMP Magazine, The Northeaster, and The Pitkin Review and her plays have been produced with Webster University’s Conservatory and Surfacing: Emerging Playwright’s Festival.

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Marie Becker

Marie Becker attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has an additional MA in the Humanities from The University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on Victorian fairy tales. Her writing has appeared in
print and online in Carbon Culture Review (where she is an associate editor) and Colloquium; she also reviews books for Windy City Reviews.

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Kristi Belcamino

Kristi Belcamino is an Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-nominated author of four crime fiction books published by HarperCollins. She has appeared on Inside Edition and her work has been published in the New York Times, Miami HeraldSan Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune. Kristi now works part-time at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel is a writer, instructor, and the nonfiction editor for Atticus Review, where she founded and wrote a humor column. Her work can be found in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus, among others. Her chapbook, Expatriate, was published by Finishing Line Press.

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Nat Bennett

Nat Bennett is the co-writer, with Sam Rosen, of the feature film Stuck Between Stations as well as the forthcoming feature Trophy Husband, which he and Rosen also co-directed, and the stage play Ham Lake (Soho Playhouse 2007).  He co-wrote the stage musicals Therapy Rocks (New York Musical Festival 2010) and Single (NYMF 2016) with Karen Bishko. 

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Kris Bigalk

Kris Bigalk is a writing professor and poet. She has a full-length poetry collection, and poems published in numerous journals. She is the Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College.

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Debra Blake

Debra Blake is a writer, editor, and educator living in the Twin Cities. She has a PhD in American literature, specializing in multicultural literature, and has taught in the English department at the University of Minnesota and in Ethnic Studies departments at several universities.

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Megan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore is an award winning author for children and young adults. Her novels include The Water Castle (Bloomsbury), The Firefly Code (Bloomsbury), and Very in Pieces (HarperTeen).

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