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.


Lara Mimosa Montes

Lara Mimosa Montes recently earned her PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She also teaches poetry at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and works as an editor for Triple Canopy and Poor Claudia magazines. Her first book, The Somnambulist, is forthcoming from Horse Less Press. She was born in the Bronx.

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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Kansas Poet Laureate and the author or editor of 19 books: four collections of poetry including most recently Chasing Weather, a poetry and photography collaboration; a novel; several memoirs, including The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body; and many anthologies of poetry.

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Rosalie Moffett

Rosalie Moffett's poems and essays have appeared in many literary reviews, and have won many awards. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught creative writing. Read More

Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. Anis is the author of five books, all published by Write Bloody PublishingSongs From Under the RiverThe Feather RoomOver the Anvil We Stretch, The Pocketknife Bible, and his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods

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Nicole Montana

Nicole Montana has been writing and editing professionally for 15 years. Beginning as an A&E reporter, Montana's writing has appeared in several print and online newspapers and magazines. Montana received her Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Michael Kiesow Moore

Michael Kiesow Moore is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and author of What to Pray For. For more information visit

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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's essays have appeared in The ButterThe FemThe Writing Group BookThe CommonThe Girls' Book of FriendshipBrevity blog and on National Public Radio.  

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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 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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