Agents and editors will be visiting the Loft April 20-21, 2018 to hear about your work. Register now for the Pitch Conference.

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.


Mary Ringstad

Mary Ringstad has worked for advertising agencies in San Francisco and Minneapolis, writing about everything from Jell-O to jeans. She is a specialist in many facets of professional communications.

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Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. He is the author of The Opening Bell (Achiote Press) and Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn, 2017).

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Mike Rollin

Mike Rollin received a MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has worked as an interpreter and community organizer, and as a writing instructor at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. His poems have appeared in numerous publications. 

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Robert Root

Robert Root is an essayist and memoirist as well as a teacher of creative nonfiction. His website is

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Gail Rosenblum

Gail Rosenblum is an award-winning journalist, a columnist for the Star Tribune, and the author of a book of essays about motherhood. Her production company is co-producing the upcoming feature film, Milkweed, based on the novel by Newbery-medalist Jerry Spinelli.

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John Rosengren

John Rosengren is an award-winning freelance writer. His articles have appeared in more than 100 publications ranging from Reader's Digest to Sports Illustrated. He is the author of six books, including the collection of short stories; Life is Just a Party, and the nonfiction narrative, Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win.

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Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland has published three critically acclaimed novels. He recently completed his first nonfiction book, and he works as an editor and writing coach in Montana. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Read More

Robin Rozanski

Robin Rozanski's writing has appeared in many literary journals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, and has taught composition and fiction. She is an instructional designer at Capella. Read More

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Erin Kate Ryan

Erin Kate Ryan has published fiction in many literary reviews. Her fellowships and grants include a 2016 Minnesota Artist's Initiative grant, as well as a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship. She holds an MFA in Fiction, and a JD. Read More

Sarah Sadie

Sarah Sadie is an award-winning poet and winner of a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, and teaches at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, among other accomplishments. Read More

Roxanne Sadovsky

Roxanne Sadovsky is a writer, teacher, and therapist. She holds an MA in counseling psychology, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her private practice focuses on healing groups, creative expression, writing therapy, and much more. Read More

Kathryn Savage

Kathryn Savage is a fiction writer and recipient of multiple prestigous fellowships, as well as scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her writing has been anthologized and appears in diverse publications.

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Kurtis Scaletta

Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several books for young readers, including Mudville, a finalist for the Mark Twain Readers Award, and The Tanglewood Terror, winner of the Minnesota Book Awards Readers Choice. He also a prolific blogger and book critic. His newest novel will be released in 2017 by Albert Whitman & Co. 

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Pat Schmatz

Pat Schmatz is the author of four books for teens, including the award-winning Bluefish (Candlewick 2011). She is a frequent visitor and occasional writer-in-residence in middle school classrooms, and has taught and lectured on the topic of writing through fear to both adults and teens.

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Chet'la Sebree

Chet'la Sebree, a mid-Atlantic native, was the 2014-2016 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry. She is a graduate of American University's MFA in Creative Writing program and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. 

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Solmaz Sharif

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif's work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Boston ReviewWitness, and others. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Erin Sharkey

Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator, and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is, with Junauda Petrus, the co-founder of an experimental arts production company called Free Black Dirt. She currently teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop. 

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Stephen Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan is an author and illustrator, an early childhood educator, and a Loft Teaching Artist. His debut picture book A Dog is a Dog (Chronicle Books) is on New York Public Library’s Top 100 Books to Read and Share for 2011, and was a 2011 CBCC Choice. 

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Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan has written over forty books for children. Trisha and her husband, Stephen Shaskan, who is a children’s book author and illustrator, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Maggie Shea

Maggie Shea loves working with teens. As director of a high school writing center for the past ten years, she has taught many college essay workshops and coached hundreds of students on college and academic essays.

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Chavonn Shen

Chavonn Williams Shen is a Minneapolis native and an educator with a love of words. She has won numerous honors and awards for her work and is currently pursuing her MFA at Hamline University.

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Hadiya Shire

Hadiya is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She received her B.A. from Vassar College, where she studied English and creative writing. She is currently a Program Associate at The Loft Literary Center.

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Jessie Sholl

Jessie Sholl is an editor, journalist, and author of short stories, a memoir, and essays. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and many publications. She is a writing coach and teacher in New York.

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Ciara Shuttleworth

Ciara Shuttleworth has been published in anthologies and many poetry journals, including Ploughshares and The New Yorker. She holds an MFA in Poetry, along with degrees in painting/drawing, and studio art.

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