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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.


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 recently appeared in Massachusetts Review, Passages North, The Journal, Green Mountains Review, RHINO, and others. She has been awarded fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and Hub City Writers Project, and was selected as runner-up for the 2018 Pinch Literary Award in Poetry and the 2018 Brittany Noakes Award. A 2013 graduate of Eastern Washington's MFA program, she lives in Minneapolis.

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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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Bao Phi

Bao Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the author of two collections of poems, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel. 

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Meghan Pipe

Meghan Pipe is a fiction writer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2016, she'll be a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She studies and teaches at Colorado State University.

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Cristina Pippa

Cristina Pippa is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist whose plays and screenplays have won numerous awards. She teaches screenwriting at Metropolitan State, and for the Loft Manuscript Critique and Coaching service. Read More

Barbara Poelle

Barbara Poelle began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, Young Adult and upmarket fiction and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice.

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Mary Jean Port

Mary Jean Port writes poetry and nonfiction. She has twice won the Loft's Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, and her work has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Read More

Esther Porter

Esther Porter offers editorial services through the Loft’s Manuscript Critique and Coaching Program and writes the “Ask Esther” column for the Loft. She is the author of eight children's books, has extensive publishing experience, has taught fiction and poetry, and is now a full-time editor.

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Mary Lane Potter

Mary Lane Potter, PhD., MFA, is the author of the novel A Woman of Salt and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry, as well as books and essays on Calvin, theology, and spirituality. Her spiritual autobiography, Seeking God and Losing the Way: A Story of Love and Conversions, focuses on women's experiences, conversion, and mysticism. She recently completed a novel about the prophet Miriam, By the Hand of the Friend

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Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning Heart of a Samurai. Before turning to writing full-time, Preus taught fiction writing and advanced fiction writing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

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Dawn Prochovnic

Dawn Babb Prochovnic is the author of 16 books for children. A former corporate trainer, she does freelance writing and consulting, and teaches writing. Her work has been featured in print and on TV. Read More

Tammy Quady

Tammy holds a master's degree from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, with a focus on Expressive Writing. Her specialty is letting go of the inner critic and external rules, in order to embrace the magic we often keep reined in because we label it as "too"—too messy, too blunt, too bland, too self-indulgent, too open to criticism.

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