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.

 

Miriam Queensen

Miriam Queensen's screenplay Clara placed highly in several national competitions, including second place in the Hollywood Screenplay Discovery Awards and third place in the Santa Fe Screenwriting Competition.  She has taught screenwriting classes at the Loft for over eight years; she has also taught screenwriting at Brainco School of Advertising, IFP/MN, and the University of Minnesota

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Nancy Raeburn

Nancy Raeburn holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in numerous reviews and anthologies. She is the award-winning author of Mykonos: A Memoir, and is currently finalizing a new memoir and poetry book.

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Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos' awards include a Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas, a ManyVoices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, and a Loft Mentor Series Award in Nonfiction. When not preparing for celebrity, she teaches composition and creative writing.

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Matt Rasmussen

Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman award and is a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the winner of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, and is a founder and editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. 

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Anna Rasmussen

Anna Rasmussen is a 3rd year poetry candidate at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing and mentors student athletes. She was the recipient of the Gesell Award in poetry in 2013 and 2015, and the Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in 2014.

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Edward Rathke

Edward J Rathke is a fiction writer, editor and reviewer. His novels include Twilight of the Wolves, Ash Cinema, and Noir: A Love Story, with more forthcoming.

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Glenda Reed

Glenda Reed is an award-winning, feminist writer, artist, educator, and adventurer. She's received funding from the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts among others. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction and The Best Travel Writing.

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Vikki Reich

Vikki Reich is an award-winning blogger who writes about the intersection of contemporary lesbian life and parenthood. Her writing has appeared in numerous web publications and an anthology. She also co-directs the Listen to Your Mother radio show.

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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of the middle-grade novel 8th Grade Superzero (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), and the forthcoming Two Naomis, and has contributed to multiple nonfiction books for kids. She teaches and works with schools, libraries, and community groups.

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Ashley Richardson

Ashley Richardson is at heart, a novelist, who enjoys performing spoken word poetry in her spare time. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she also teaches English 101.

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Chelli Riddiough

Chelli Riddiough is a writer and editor from Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated cum laude from Williams College with a BA in philosophy. Her fiction has been published in the First Line, a literary journal, and ESOPUS Magazine, a multidisciplinary creative publication.

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Mary Ringstad

Mary Ringstad has worked for advertising agencies in San Francisco and Minneapolis, writing about everything from Jell-O to jeans. She is a specialist in many facets of professional communications.

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Arnold Ringstad

Arnold Ringstad is a senior editor at Red Line Editorial, a book packaging company based in Burnsville, Minnesota. Over the course of his career he has written more than 70 books for the school library market, for readers ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers, and edited hundreds more. 

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Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. He is the author of The Opening Bell (Achiote Press) and Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn, 2017).

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Karen Robards

Karen Robards

Karen Robards is the New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. Karen published her first novel at age 24 and has won multiple awards throughout her career, including six Silver Pens for favorite author.

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Mike Rollin

Mike Rollin received a MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has worked as an interpreter and community organizer, and as a writing instructor at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. His poems have appeared in numerous publications. 

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Robert Root

Robert Root is an essayist and memoirist as well as a teacher of creative nonfiction. His website is www.rootwriting.com.

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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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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