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.

 

Matt Peiken

Matt Peiken spent 10 years as a staff arts and features writer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Since leaving the newspaper, he has served as managing editor of the Walker Art Center's magazine and arts reporter with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of the forthcoming Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. He is also the author of three novels, most recently The Dead Lands, as well as two books of short stories. His honors include an NEA Fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Plimpton Prize.

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Roseanne Pereira

Roseanne Pereira holds a BA in Literature with distinction from Yale University and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She has served as a Kroc Fellow at National Public Radio and an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow at The Center for Victims of Torture. Visit roseannepereira.com

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Rob Perez

Rob Perez is a writer and director, perhaps best-known for writing the screenplay 40 Days & 40 Nights, starring Josh Hartnett. Rob has written for most major studios, including Universal, Miramax, New Line, 20th Century Fox, Working Title Films, Imagine Entertainment, and spent one year writing exclusively for Ridley Scott.

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Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His newest novel is Mrs. Fletcher.

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Stephen Peters

Stephen Peters is the author of Pennsylvania, a nonfiction book for 5th graders, and Kerfuffle!, a collection of cartoons and poems; his work has appeared in many publications.

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Junauda Petrus

Junauda Petrus is a creative activist, writer, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist who is Minneapolis-born, West-Indian descended, and African-sourced. She has received a Givens Foundation fellowship, Jerome Travel and Study grant, Many Voices Mentorship with the Playwright’s Center, Naked Stages Residency at the Pillsbury House and a 2016 Jerome Film grant. She is the co-founder with Erin Sharkey of Free Black Dirt, an experimental arts production company.

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Bao Phi

Bao Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the author of two collections of poems, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel. 

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Meghan Pipe

Meghan Pipe is a fiction writer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2016, she'll be a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She studies and teaches at Colorado State University.

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Cristina Pippa

Cristina Pippa is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist whose plays and screenplays have won numerous awards. She teaches screenwriting at Metropolitan State, and for the Loft Manuscript Critique and Coaching service. Read More

Barbara Poelle

Barbara Poelle began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, Young Adult and upmarket fiction and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice.

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Mary Jean Port

Mary Jean Port writes poetry and nonfiction. She has twice won the Loft's Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, and her work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Read More

Esther Porter

Esther Porter offers editorial services through the Loft’s Manuscript Critique and Coaching Program and writes the “Ask Esther” column for the Loft. She is the author of eight children's books, has extensive publishing experience, has taught fiction and poetry, and is now a full-time editor.

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Mary Lane Potter

Mary Lane Potter, PhD., MFA, is the author of the novel A Woman of Salt and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry, as well as books and essays on Calvin, theology, and spirituality. Her spiritual autobiography, Seeking God and Losing the Way: A Story of Love and Conversions, focuses on women's experiences, conversion, and mysticism. She recently completed a novel about the prophet Miriam, By the Hand of the Friend

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Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning Heart of a Samurai. Before turning to writing full-time, Preus taught fiction writing and advanced fiction writing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

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Dawn Prochovnic

Dawn Babb Prochovnic is the author of 16 books for children. A former corporate trainer, she does freelance writing and consulting, and teaches writing. Her work has been featured in print and on TV. Read More

Tammy Quady

Tammy holds a master's degree from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, with a focus on Expressive Writing. Her specialty is letting go of the inner critic and external rules, in order to embrace the magic we often keep reined in because we label it as "too"—too messy, too blunt, too bland, too self-indulgent, too open to criticism.

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Miriam Queensen

Miriam Queensen's screenplay Clara placed highly in several national competitions, including second place in the Hollywood Screenplay Discovery Awards and third place in the Santa Fe Screenwriting Competition.  She has taught screenwriting classes at the Loft for over eight years; she has also taught screenwriting at Brainco School of Advertising, IFP/MN, and the University of Minnesota

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Nancy Raeburn

Nancy Raeburn holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in numerous reviews and anthologies. She is the award-winning author of Mykonos: A Memoir, and is currently finalizing a new memoir and poetry book.

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Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos' awards include a Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas, a ManyVoices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, and a Loft Mentor Series Award in Nonfiction. When not preparing for celebrity, she teaches composition and creative writing.

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Matt Rasmussen

Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman award and is a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the winner of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, and is a founder and editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. 

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Anna Rasmussen

Anna Rasmussen is a 3rd year poetry candidate at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing and mentors student athletes. She was the recipient of the Gesell Award in poetry in 2013 and 2015, and the Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in 2014.

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Edward Rathke

Edward J Rathke is a fiction writer, editor and reviewer. His novels include Twilight of the Wolves, Ash Cinema, and Noir: A Love Story, with more forthcoming.

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Glenda Reed

Glenda Reed is an award-winning, feminist writer, artist, educator, and adventurer. She's received funding from the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts among others. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction and The Best Travel Writing.

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Vikki Reich

Vikki Reich is an award-winning blogger who writes about the intersection of contemporary lesbian life and parenthood. Her writing has appeared in numerous web publications and an anthology. She also co-directs the Listen to Your Mother radio show.

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