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.


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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Katherine McCord

Katherine McCord has two books of poetry—Island and Living Room (prose poems); a lyric essay memoir, My CIA; a poetry chapbook, Muse Annie; and a literary memoir, Run Scream Unbury Save.

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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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Rubén Medina

Rubén Medina is a poet, scholar translator, editor, and one of the founders of Infrarealism. He has published numerous books and is a Professor of Latin American literature at the UW-Madison.

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Jessica Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet and novelist. She has published four collections of poetry and the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. Visit her author site at

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Christopher Merkner

Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic (Coffee House 2014). His stories have been reprinted in the Best American Mystery Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies.

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Carrie Mesrobian

Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three young-adult novels, all of which have received awards and accolades. She has taught at the Loft since 2007. Read More

Annie Metcalf

Annie Metcalf has been a bookseller at Magers and Quinn since 2013, and was named Assistant Manager in January 2014. Prior to bookselling, she worked in the editorial and marketing departments at three Minneapolis publishers: Coffee House Press, Milkweed Editions, and Lerner Publishing Group. 

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Heather Meyer

Heather Meyer is a comedy writer and playwright. Her work has been produced in theatres across the country. Her satirical essays have been published by Heather is the creator of the sketch comedy game show, Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes).

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Collier Meyerson

Collier Meyerson is an award-winning journalist and writer based in New York. She currently serves as a fellow at the Nation Institute and an investigative fellow at Reveal. 

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Jorie Miller

Jorie Miller is a published poet, memoirist, and teaching artist. A recipient of a Loft Outstanding Teacher’s Award, her work was also honored with a Residency Fellowship at the Center for Rural and Regional Development at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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Alan Miller

Alan Miller is an award-winning writer with a background in law. He has taught screenwriting for over two decades in university and college settings, and is also the author or editor of nonfiction books. He is currently revising a novel.

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Gail Milstein

Gail Milstein is an English Comp professor at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in downtown Minneapolis. In addition to serving as a teaching artist in the Young Writers’ Program, she teaches various creative writing workshops throughout the year in county libraries as part of the Loft’s First Pages program.

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