Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North 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.

 

Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel is a writer, instructor, and the nonfiction editor for Atticus Review, where she founded and wrote a humor column. Her work can be found in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus, among others. Her chapbook, Expatriate, was published by Finishing Line Press.

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Nat Bennett

Nat Bennett is the co-writer, with Sam Rosen, of the feature film Stuck Between Stations as well as the forthcoming feature Trophy Husband, which he and Rosen also co-directed, and the stage play Ham Lake (Soho Playhouse 2007).  He co-wrote the stage musicals Therapy Rocks (New York Musical Festival 2010) and Single (NYMF 2016) with Karen Bishko. 

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Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is a writer, activist and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction, the 2016 NCCD Media for a Just Society Award and was listed as a Top 10 LGBTQ Book of 2016 by the American Library Association. 

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Kris Bigalk

Kris Bigalk is a writing professor and poet. She has a full-length poetry collection, and poems published in numerous journals. She is the Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College.

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Debra Blake

Debra Blake is a writer, editor, and educator living in the Twin Cities. She has a PhD in American literature, specializing in multicultural literature, and has taught in the English department at the University of Minnesota and in Ethnic Studies departments at several universities.

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Megan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore is an award winning author for children and young adults. Her novels include The Water Castle (Bloomsbury), The Firefly Code (Bloomsbury), and Very in Pieces (HarperTeen).

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Victoria Blanco

Victoria Blanco recently completed her MFA thesis in Creative Nonfiction about the year she spent among the Tarahumaras of Mexico. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota MFA program. 

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Peter Blau

Peter Blau teaches adults and children in a variety of venues, and is a recipient of an award from Mpls/St Paul magazine for his work at a women's correctional facility. His primary goal is to make writing approachable to all his students.

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Diana Bletter

Diana Bletter is an internationally published author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, which was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.

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Samantha Bohrman

Shortly after graduating from law school, Samantha Bohrman had three children and began writing books. Her first mystery, Ruby's Misadventures with Reality, is out now. Find her online at www.sambohrman.com or follow her @sambohrman.

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Sally Borgen

Sally Borgen loves teaching and the opportunity to encourage adults and young people to let the words roll from your head, down your arm, and onto the paper. She has worked for Minneapolis Public Schools for many years as a librarian, technologist, administrator, and writing teacher and is now retired.

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Greg Breining

Greg Breining writes about travel, science, and nature for the New York Times, National Wildlife, Audubon, Discover, and many publications. He has written travel memoirs and nonfiction science books.

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Wendy Brown-Baez

Wendy Brown-Báez is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. She is the author of the poetry books Ceremonies of the Spirit and transparencies of light.

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Sarah Bruni

Sarah Bruni is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Washington University in St. Louis and the MA program in Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Her first novel, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.

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Anitra Budd

Anitra Budd has edited a wide range of books, including novels, short-story collections, essays, how-to guides, and educational materials. She is a visiting assistant professor in the English department at Macalester College. Read More

Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the author of the middle grade mystery Turn Left at the Cow (Harcourt, 2013), along with more than seventy other books for children, including picture books and nonfiction titles. She is also the author of Get Started in Writing for Children

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Jennifer Burd

Jennifer Burd has a lifelong fascination with metaphor and its transformative effect in writing and other works of art. Her full-length books include Body and Echo (poetry) and Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (creative nonfiction). Her new full-length poetry collection, Day's Late Blue, is scheduled for publication in July 2017 by Cherry Grove Editions.

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Frank Bures

Frank Bures is the author of The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes. His work has been included in the Best American Travel Writing and selected as “Notable” for the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Essays.

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Anna Marie Bushlack

Anna Bushlack is an actor, writer, and solo performance artist. She holds a BFA in theatre with an emphasis in playwriting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

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Carolyn Byrne

Carolyn Byrne is an instructor and MFA Candidate in fiction at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She hails from Long Island, New York, and earned her BA in English from Cornell University. 

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Tony Cammarata

Tony Cammarata is an award-winning writer and director. He has worked in many areas of filmmaking, including editing, feature development, and film marketing. He holds an MFA in Writing, Directing and Producing from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Jackie Cangro

Jacquelin Cangro is a writer and editor who has worked in the New York publishing industry for 15 years. Her short fiction has been published widely, and won awards such as the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Short Stories.

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Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson has been writing and illustrating for children for over 30 years and has 65 published books. This is Nancy’s seventh year teaching at the Loft and she loves it. 

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Anders Carlson-Wee

Anders Carlson-Wee is a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow and the author of Dynamite, winner of the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. He lives in Minneapolis, where he is a 2016 McKnight Foundation Creative Writing Fellow.

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Amber Caron

Amber Caron's work has been published in a variety of journals, most recently including the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

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