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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.


Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse has published more than a dozen novels. She's an award-winning science fiction writer. Under a pen name, she's also a bestselling paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. Read More

Rachel Moritz

Rachel Moritz is the author of a full-length poetry collection and five chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in many journals, and she has received numerous awards. She teaches creative writing in communities and academia. Read More

Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris has written about food for Cooking LightThe National Culinary Review, NPR’s Kitchen WindowNew Southerner and The Courier-Journal. Ellen edited an international cookbook for the Louisville Metro Office for International Affairs, based in Louisville, Kentucky, where she resides. Her food-related fiction and poetry have been published in Alimentum and Gastronomica.

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LouAnn Muhm

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize  and the Late Blooms Postcard Series.  Muhm is a two-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry and has been awarded scholarships from the Key West Literary Seminar, Vermont Studio Center, and Sierra Nevada College. Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in Poetry. Muhm holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Sierra Nevada College.

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Lewis Mundt

Lewis Mundt is a poet and curator of a Twin Cities poetry series. He works at the Loft and is an editor at YesYes Books. His poems have been published in numerous journals, and his first full-length collection came out in 2015.

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Joe Mungo Reed

Joe Mungo Reed studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he won the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction. Read More

David Mura

David Mura is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, fiction writer, critic, playwright. He’s written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won the Josephine Miles/Oakland PEN Book Award and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. His most recent work is the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire. His collection of poetry, The Last Incantations, comes out in 2014. Other poetry books are: Angels for the Burning, The Colors of Desire (Carl Sandburg Literary Award) and After We Lost Our Way (National Poetry Series Contest winner). His book of critical essays is Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity. His essays have appeared in Mother Jones, the NY Times and numerous anthologies. He teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program and the VONA Writers’ Conference.

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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles—who prefers to use a gender-neutral pronoun—is the author of more than twenty books, including Chelsea Girls, Cool For You, and most recently, I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014.

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Patrick Nathan

Patrick Nathan's first novel, Some Hell, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in February 2018. His short fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in BoulevardGulf Coastdislocate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

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Harmony Neal

Harmony Neal was the 2011-2013 Fiction Fellow at Emory University. Her stories have been published in genre and literary magazines such as Shadows & Tall TreesThe FantasistInterzoneBlack StaticPermafrostStorm Cellar, and Paper Darts, among others. 

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Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) which was a finalist for both a MN Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award. His second collection of poetry​, Not Here, ​is forthcoming on Coffee House Press in 2018.

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Marc Nieson

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School, and currently serves on the MFA faculty of Chatham University, where he’s fiction editor of The Fourth River. His prose has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, the Literal Latte Fiction Award, and a Raymond Carver Short Story Award. 

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Sarah Rose Nordgren

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and fellowships and residencies from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Native to North Carolina,

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Jude Nutter

Jude Nutter is an award-winning poet who has been published in national and international journals, and has authored three poetry books. Her third collection won the 2010 Minnesota Book Award in poetry. Read More

Andrew Nye

Andrew Nye is a poetry editor for Blue Earth Review at Minnesota State University Mankato where he also teaches English composition and studies creative writing in the MFA program. His poems and reviews have appeared in various print and online publications.

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Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth O'Brien is an editor and writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her writing and book reviews have appeared in numerous journals. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. Read More

Benjamin Obler

Benjamin Obler is a teacher and writer who lives in the Catskills. He is the author of Javascotia, a novel, and won the 2014 Puerto del Sol fiction contest. He publishes fiction and nonfiction internationally.

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Emily Oliver

Emily Oliver holds an MFA in poetry. She has taught at Cornell University, the Telluride Association Summer Program, and Auburn Prison; and in 2017 was awarded a Queens Council on the Arts New Works Grant to write poems in conversation with the writer Dylan Reynolds. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CutbankOmniVerse and DIAGRAM.

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Marie Olofsdotter

Marie Olofsdotter is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Marie has written and illustrated several children’s books and is the recipient of a Mid-America Publishers Award and a Midwest Book Achievement Award.

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Timothy Otte

Timothy Otte's text has appeared in SAND Journal (Berlin), the minnesota review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Structo (UK), Sundog Lit, Poetry City, USA, and Paper Darts, among others. He was a 2014-15 Loft Mentor Series winner and is currently working on his first collection of poems.

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EmmaLee Pallai

EmmaLee Pallai has worked in education and medicine for quite a long time, but on parallel tracks. Her own writing often deals with issues of illness and identity and is published in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has won the Mary L. and Ellis Write Endowed Writing Fellowship and a grant from the Las Cruces Women's Foundation.

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Casey Patrick

Casey Patrick's poems have appeared in many prestigious literary reviews. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught workshops and writing classes to adults and youth of all ages. Read More

Juliet Patterson

Juliet Patterson's The Truant Lover was winner of the first Nightboat Books Prize. Her most recent collection of poems, Threnody is forthcoming from Nightboat (October 2016). Her poems and essays have appeared widely in numerous magazines.

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Lorna Pecard

Lorna Pecard is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches English. She is a poetry editor for the Blue Earth Review, co-host for KMSU's Weekly Reader, and runs writing workshops for Aktion Club Theatre.

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Parker Peevyhouse

Parker Peevyhouse lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has taught writing and literature courses for the past eight years through an international tutoring company. She volunteers with young people regularly and seeks to tell stories about authentic teens in unusual situations.

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