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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.


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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Vee Signorelli

Vee Signorelli is the admin and co-founder of, a blogsite dedicated to promoting and discussing LGBTQIA+ Young Adult literature. Vee is an actor, a writer, and a senior in high school. 

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Jenny Simmonds

Jenny Simmonds has been a Loft teaching artist for over eight years and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Youth Studies Department. Jenny is the program director at Youth Grief Services, a nonprofit program that supports grieving children, youth, and families. 

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Amy Simso Dean

Amy Simso Dean is a freelance copywriter who works with ad agencies, businesses, and nonprofits. Before this venture, she worked in sales and marketing in children's book publishing, and in a crazy assortment of other jobs. Read More

Heather A. Slomski

Heather A. Slomski is the author of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of The Iowa Short Fiction Award and a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Novel & Short Story. A recipient of a Minnesota State Emerging Writers' Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, she currently teaches writing at Concordia College in Moorhead and is a contributing book critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017).

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Thomas R. Smith

Thomas R. Smith is a poet, editor and creative writing teacher. He has authored seven poetry collections, edited multiple books, and has hundreds of poems published in international literary journals. Read More

Jack Smith

Jack Smith has published three novels: Being (2016), Icon (2014), and Hog to Hog, winner of the 2007 George Garrett Fiction Prize and published by Texas Review Press in 2008. He has published stories, reviews, and articles in numerous journals and magazines.

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Tom Spence

Tom Spence is a professional illustrator, and a youth programs instructor at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. His work has appeared at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and he leads presentations about comics and graphic novels. Read More

Kate St. Vincent Vogl

Kate St. Vincent Vogl is the author of Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers, featured on ABC News. She writes adult and YA fiction, nonfiction, and speaks at international conferences and seminars.

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Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Abra Staffin-Wiebe is a professional speculative fiction writer who specializes in dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales. She is also the editor of Aswiebe's Market List, a resource for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers, which you can read here.

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Mary Stein

Mary Stein recently received a Minnesota Emerging Writers' grant. Her fiction appears in numerous literary journals. She is an editor for Conduit literary magazine and teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

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Sarah Stonich

Sarah Stonich is the award-winning author of three novels and a memoir. She presents at writers' festival around the world, and is the founder of WordStalkers, a consortium of editors and writers who provide book coaching. Read More

Julie Strand

Julie Strand is a poet who has overseen creative writing programs for kids at literary centers in Wisconsin and Idaho. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and has been published in numerous poetry reviews. Read More

Emily Strasser

Emily Strasser received her MFA in nonfiction from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Colorado Review, Catapult, and The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, among others.

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Connor Stratton

Connor Stratton is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches undergraduates about the fundamentals of creative writing. His work has been published in Everyday GeniusArtichoke Haircut, and Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum's official blog.

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Charlotte Sullivan Wild

Charlotte Sullivan has spent nearly 20 years teaching children's literature. She will soon have a picture book published by Bloomsbury, and is the recipient of a many awards and grants. She holds an MFA in Fiction, and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction. Read More

Aimee Suzara

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer whose mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical work about race, gender, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her poetry book, Souvenir, was a Willa Award Finalist in 2015.

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Christine Sweet

Christine Sweet's spoken-word interpretations of literature were featured on local and national radio for many years. She is particularly known for her radio show "Readings for the Season." Read More

Elizabeth Tannen

Elizabeth Tannen is a former producer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered who has published essays, stories and poems in places like the Huffington PostSalonFront PorchThe RumpusThe Morning News, and Psychology Today. She has taught Creative Writing at UNM, the Creative Center in New York, and with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. 

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Kaitlyn Teer

Kaitlyn Teer is a writer and English instructor living in Bellingham, Washington. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Western Washington University, where she received the "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" and served as managing editor of Bellingham Review. She was a 2016 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, during which she served as teaching assistant for Brenda Miller's creative nonfiction workshop.

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Joni Tevis

Joni Tevis, a former factory worker, park ranger, and seller of cemetery plots, now teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Emma Törzs

Emma Törzs is a fiction writer and recipient of a 2015 O. Henry Award, a 2015 Emerging Writers Grant, and the Missouri Review Editors' Prize. She publishes short stories, poems, essays, and has a novel-in progress.

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Stanley Trollip

Stanley Trollip hails from South Africa and is half (with Michael Sears) of the writing team known as Michael Stanley. Their mystery novels have won or been finalists for numerous awards, including an Edgar Award, Barry Award, International Thriller Writers Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.

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Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of several books for young readers and is the 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. Anne’s latest book, The Real Boy, is an Indie Next pick and on the 2013 longlist for the National Book Award.

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