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.


Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

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Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, and editor, among other pastimes. She is the author of multiple feminist urban fantasy novels, and has published more than 80 short stories.

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Lisa M. Bolt Simons

Lisa M. Bolt Simons is the author of more than 20 nonfiction children's books, three middle-grade novels, an adult history book, and articles in numerous magazines. She was a full-time teacher for more than 20 years. Her website is

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Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, historian, illustrator, naturalist, and author of H is for Hawk, winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, as well as a book of poetry, Shaler's Fish.

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Chris Mackenzie Jones

Chris Mackenzie Jones is the author of Behind the Book, a book that traces the publishing paths of eleven debut authors. He has spent the past eight years working at the Loft. In his time there, he has met numerous aspiring and successful writers, and he believes that all writers can learn valuable lessons through example, which is why he wrote the book.

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Margaret Todd Maitland

Margaret Todd Maitland has edited writers such as Patricia Hampl, Wole Soyinka, A.S. Byatt, and Neil Gaiman. She has taught writing and editing in academia, and has received numerous fellowships for creative nonfiction. Read More

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, and of the novels The Great Believers (2018); The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association award; and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut, which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada college and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University. 

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Brian Malloy

Brian Malloy is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and teacher. He has published three novels, and his nonfiction has appeared in many national magazines. He teaches writing and literature at multiple universities and at the Loft. Read More

Andy Mannix

Andy Mannix is an investigative reporter for the Star Tribune, where he writes in depth on criminal justice in Minnesota. He’s previously written longform, narrative for City PagesTIMEThe Seattle TimesMinnPost, and more. Mannix has covered an extensive range of topics during his career—from politics to LGBT issues, mental health, and recreational marijuana—and his work has won national awards and helped shape public policy. 

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Thomas March

Thomas March is a poet, critic, and teacher. He has been a featured reader or performer at a number of New York City’s most esteemed venues, His poetry has appeared most recently in Bellevue Literary Review, The Account, The Common Online, Confrontation, Pleiades, and RHINO. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he has also reviewed for American Book Review, The Believer, and New Letters, among others.

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Gretchen Marquette

Gretchen Marquette earned her MFA in poetry from Hamline University, where she served as the assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review. Her first book, May Day, was released by Graywolf Press in 2016, and was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. She teaches at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities.

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Anna Marschalk-Burns

Anna Marschalk-Burns has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her short stories have appeared in the Atlas ReviewSlice Magazine, and Literary Hub. 

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Natalie Martell

Natalie Martell is a fiction writer who also holds a passion for music and young adult literature. She is currently an MFA candidate and English 101 teacher at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin is the author of multiple poetry collections and chapbooks. He has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Minnesota History Center, is a visiting professor at Carleton College, and teaches at the Loft. Read More

Jessica Mattson

Jessica Mattson is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She enjoys writing middle grade and young adult and likes to play video games in her spare time.

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Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson is a writer, editor, and digital journalist. She teaches creative writing and journalism courses at New York University (NYU) and is widely published by national and international outlets including CNN, National Public Radio, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, and Psychology Today

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Ann Mayhew

Ann Mayhew has worked as the events coordinator at Magers & Quinn Booksellers since February 2014. She has worked as a freelance book reviewer since 2011 and as a freelance editor since 2013, including a year doing editorial evaluations for CreateSpace.

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Megan Maynor

Megan Maynor is a picture book author who started her writing career as an advertising copywriter. Her books include Ella and Penguin Stick Together, Ella and Penguin: A Perfect Match (HarperCollins), The Sandcastle That Lola Built (Knopf), and more titles forthcoming.

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Katie McClendon

Katie McClendon is a West Coast kid living in Austin. In 2015, she received an M.F.A. in Fiction from Purdue University. She writes poetry and fiction, and teaches fiction, poetry, literature, composition, and ESL to students of all ages.

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Tara McDaniel

Tara McDaniel is a poet, editor, and writing coach residing in the arts district of Minneapolis. Her critical essay on the Gurlesque, “Carnage In The Time Of Gaga: A Romp in the Aesthetic Field of Gurlesque Poetics,” is featured on William Paterson University’s Contemporary Writing Blog

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Joey McGarvey

Joey McGarvey is an editor in Saint Paul, where she works with writers and independent publishers of fiction and nonfiction. She spent six years as an editor with a New York publishing house, editing many renowned writers. Read More

Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is the author of award-winning books for both young people and adults, including Someday and Shadow Baby. Read more about her at

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Nora McInerny

Nora McInerny was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). She wrote a memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) and hosts the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Her work has appeared on, the Huffington PostBuzzFeedSlate, the Star Tribune, and Vox.

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Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson has edited articles and books for national magazines and publishing houses. Her own writing has appeared in many national publications. She currently teaches in the Washington University creative writing program. Read More

Myron Medcalf

Myron Medcalf spent six years at the Star Tribune, covering city hall and Minnesota men's basketball. In the fall of 2011, he left the Star Tribune to become a college basketball reporter with

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