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.


Margaret LaFleur

Margaret LaFleur's writing has appeared in The Millions, Minnesota Women's Press, and other publications. She holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

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Ashleigh Lambert

Ashleigh Lambert is the author of the chapbooks Ambivalent Amphibians (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and The Debt or the Crisis (DoubleCross Books, forthcoming 2016). Her poems and reviews have appeared in places such as Coldfront, Diagram, Forklift, Ohio, H_NGM_N, Rain Taxi, The Rumpus, and Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Literature.

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Jennifer Lang

American born, French by marriage, Israeli by choice, Jennifer Lang writes mostly about her divided self. Her essays have appeared in Under the SunAscentThe Tishman ReviewThe Coachella ReviewHippocampus Magazine, and Full Grown People. Honors include Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays nominations and finalist in 2017 Crab Orchard Review's Literary Nonfiction Contest. She lives in Raanana, Israel, where she teaches writing and yoga, but her heart belongs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her at and follow her @JenLangWrites.

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Elizabeth Law

Elizabeth Law has more than 20 years experience in children’s and YA publishing. She has been an editor and publisher at global publishing companies such as Viking, Puffin, and Simon and Schuster. She has edited many bestselling authors and notable books. Read More

Tina Lee

Tina Laurel Lee writes and teaches from her home studio in Minneapolis where students write fast, often, and have a lot of fun. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching since 1999. 

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J.M. Lee

Born and raised in the great Minnesota north, Joe spent his formative years searching for talking animals and believing he could control the weather. After pursuing nerdy interests in comparative film studies, screenwriting, and Shakespeare, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a much nerdier degree in linguistics with a focus in Japanese phonology. He is best known for his work within the world of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal, for which he has written four YA novels. He is also a staff writer and creative consultant for the upcoming Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

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Harry Leeds

Harry Leeds writes about food and travel for numerous publications. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida, runs many workshops, and has written short stories, humor pieces, and novels. Read More

Bronson Lemer

Bronson Lemer holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has been published in many journals. His award-winning memoir is The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq.

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Jim Levi

Jim Levi has been a head writer for series at Nickelodeon and MTV and served as a Creative Consultant on the feature film The Aristocrats. His screenplay House of Fun was a finalist in the 2012 IFP/McKnight Screenwriting Competition. He has taught writing at the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, St. Cloud State University, and the Loft.

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Sarah Levine

Sarah Levine is an educator and published poet and fiction writer living in Western Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Green Mountains Review, PANK, Fourteen Hills, and other publications. Levine has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the 2017 Barnes and Noble Regional Favorite Teacher Award, and is the author of Her Man (New Megaphone Press, 2014).

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Laurie Lindeen

Laurie Lindeen is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Petal Pusher and many essays. She teaches literature and writing at the University of St. Thomas, and is a popular writing coach for college entrance essays.

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Éireann Lorsung

Éireann Lorsung is the author of two poetry collections and has been published in many poetry journals. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a PhD in Critical Theory. She currently lives in Belgium, where she runs a micropress and an artist residency program. She is a 2016 NEA Fellow.

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Jessica Lourey

Jessica Lourey (rhymes with "dowry") is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist. Her most recent book, Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction, walks readers through the process of transforming personal experience into a powerful novel.

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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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Heather Simeney MacLeod

Heather Simeney MacLeod is an Indigenous writer of mixed-ancestry (Scottish and Cree) from Canada. She has published four books of poetry, has had 2 plays produced (in Scotland and Canada), has published short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays. Heather has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Social Sciences with a major in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in English Literature and Film Studies from the University of Alberta.

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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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