Featured offerings: This spring, the Loft presents To Be Honest. Visit our To Be Honest page to learn more and plan your participation.

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 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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Sophia Swank

Sophia Swank holds a BA in Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She was the 2012 recipient of the T. A. Barron Scholarship for Fantasy Writing, and is working on publishing her first novel.

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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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Katie Vagnino

Katie Vagnino is a poet and educator based in St. Paul. She holds degrees from Yale and Emerson College and her creative work has been published in Pleiades, the Star Tribune, Time Out New York, Measure, Unsplendid, and Poetry City, USA.

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Kristin Van Risseghem

Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. She is the author of The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos which won the 2015 New Apple Award in the Fantasy category.

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Kelly Van Sant

Kelly Van Sant has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She worked for years at literary agencies in New York, where she honed her editor's eye and became adept at many aspects of the publishing business. Read More

Diego Vazquez Jr.

Diego Vázquez Jr is a writer, poet, novelist and editor. He regularly conducts workshops in libraries, jails, schools, and institutions including the Women's Writing Program at Ramsey County Correctional Facility and Sherburne County Jail.

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Jodie Vinson

Jodie Noel Vinson has essays and reviews published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, as well as in Best American Essays 2015. She holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing, and is Managing Editor of Longitude Books.

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Robert Voedisch

Robert Voedisch has published fiction in numerous literary reviews, and is a recipient of the Loft Mentor Series Award. Read More

Benjamin Voigt

Benjamin Voigt grew up on a horse farm in upstate New York. He received an MFA from the University of Alabama, where he was a Graduate Council Fellow, and currently teaches creative writing at Macalester College. His poems and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous publications.

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Claire Wahmanholm

Claire Wahmanholm holds an MFA in Poetry and will soon earn a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and in Best New Poets 2015. She is the managing editor of Quarterly West.

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Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh is a veteran journalist, columnist, and editor whose byline has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, Southwest Journal, Minnpost.com, Star Tribune, and many more. Walsh is the author of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History

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Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is the author of three picture books, and two middle-grade novels (Elvis & Olive) that were both Junior Library Guild selections. She also draws cartoons, and performs and teaches improv. Read More

Patricia Weaver Francisco

Patricia Weaver Francisco is the author of multiple books, including the award-winning Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery. She has also penned a novel, essays collection, and plays. She is a faculty member with Hamline University's Creative Writing Programs.

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Linda White

Linda White has worked in publishing for more than 20 years in editing and marketing. She has managed campaigns for several bestselling authors. Her articles, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Read More

Amie Whittemore

Amie Whittemore is an award-winning poet published in many national journals. She earned her MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University. She co-curates a reading series in Virginia and teaches creative writing classes. Read More