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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.


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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Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp is a Korean adoptee actor, playwright, producer, and teaching artist. He has appeared onstage at the Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and starred as Mowgli in Children's Theatre Company's new adaptation of The Jungle Book.

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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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Ashley Shelby

Ashley Shelby is a former acquisitions editor for Penguin, where she acquired and edited a wide variety of nonfiction, specializing in books by first-time authors. She is the author of Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and The Survival of an American City.

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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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Kat Shepherd

Kat is a writer and educator who just moved to Minnesota with her husband and three dogs. A former classroom teacher, Kat has worked with middle grade students for two decades, and she loves to help build strong communities of readers and writers. Her spooky middle grade book series, Babysitting Nightmares (Macmillan/Imprint), debuts June 5, 2018. Her second book series, Gemini Mysteries (Bonnier/Yellow Jacket), debuts spring 2019.
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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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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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Mary Speaker

Mary Austin Speaker is the Art Director of Milkweed Editions. She is the author of two books of poetry and five chapbooks, and her poetry can be found in many other journals and publications. Mary has been poetry editor of the Indiana Review, taught creative writing and composition at Indiana University and Kirkwood Community College, was a Bartos Fellow at the United World College and taught at the Jackson Hole Writers Workshop. 

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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