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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.


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

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Washington PostHarpersGuernicaGrantaOrion, and the New Republic, among others. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.

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Ethan Rutherford

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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Melissa Savage

Melissa’s debut book, Lemons has been recognized by the American Booksellers Association on their Independent Booksellers’ debut picks of the season list, Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2017.  Additionally, Bigfoot, Tobin & Me (The UK/Commonwealth version of Lemons published by Chicken House Books) has been recognized as Children’s Book of the Month with WHSmith.

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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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Miranda Schmidt

Miranda Schmidt lives in Portland, Oregon, where she edits the Sun Star Review and teaches at Portland Community College. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Washington's MFA program and a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow. Her novel Or Wanting To Be Known, was a finalist for the Nilsen First Novel Prize. Read more of her work here:

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Serenity Schoonover

Serenity Schoonover is a former fellow with the National Writing Project. Her work has appeared in Women's Independent PressCross-Country SkierBella Grace, and CALYX Journal, among others. Her words and work can be seen at

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Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in Writing, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow/HarperCollins). She teaches creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her website is

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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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Nina Semczuk

Nina Semczuk holds a degree from Boston University in TV/Film. She served in the US Army in an infantry company, counterintelligence unit, and an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platoon in various locations. Find her work on SmartAsset, the MuseMediumThe War HorseFast Company, and around the web. 

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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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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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