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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.


Harmony Neal

Harmony Neal has been awarded a 2018 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant to create new models for storytelling based in human (and nonhuman) flourishing. She's been ranked excellent by her students for every class she's ever taught. And yeah, she has a sense of humor. Her stories have recently appeared in Shadows & Tall Trees, The Fantasist, Interzone, Paper Darts, and Black Static. Harmony is committed to seeking truth and asking questions, no matter how painful the process can be. As Octavia Butler said, “In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn.”

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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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Rebecca Nichloson

Rebecca Nichloson holds an MFA in Playwriting and Theatre from Columbia University School of the Arts, an MA in English Literature from Mercy College, and a certificate in Child Development Studies. She is the recipient of the Liberace Award, the Howard Stein Fellowship, The Matthew’s Fellowship, and an America-in-Play Fellowship.

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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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Lee Oglesby

Lee Oglesby is a former editor from Oxford University Press. She specialized in environmental science, and has experience editing manuscripts for professional, academic, and general audiences. She’s also evaluated manuscripts and book proposals for several literary agents and has a keen eye for the details that will make your work stand out to both agents and editors. Her personal interests include earth science; food studies; cultural criticism; and discussions of race, gender, and sexuality.

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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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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

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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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