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.

 

Sarah Ratermann Beahan

Sarah Ratermann Beahan is a MFA student at Goddard College studying long-form fiction. She is currently writing a novel, but is also a short-story writer, a playwright and a blogger. Her work appears in SWAMP Magazine, The Northeaster, and The Pitkin Review and her plays have been produced with Webster University’s Conservatory and Surfacing: Emerging Playwright’s Festival.

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Maya Beck

Maya Beck is a lapsed Muslim, recovering otaku, socially awkward blipster, and genre-confused writer. She is also a Givens Foundation Fellow, VONA alum, and Paper Darts staff member whose work has been published in Lit HubPANKRevolverMizna, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Pollen, and more. She currently works for an arts nonprofit in Minneapolis.

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Marie Becker

Marie Becker attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has an additional MA in the Humanities from The University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on Victorian fairy tales. Her writing has appeared in
print and online in Carbon Culture Review (where she is an associate editor) and Colloquium; she also reviews books for Windy City Reviews.

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Kristi Belcamino

Kristi Belcamino is an Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-nominated author. Her first novel in the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery Series, Blessed are the Dead, was inspired by her dealings with a serial killer during her life as a Bay Area crime reporter. She is also the co-author of Letters From A Serial Killer, co-written with the mother of the girl kidnapped and killed by the serial killer who inspired Blessed Are The Dead. Her first YA novel, City of Angels (Polis Books) came out May 2017.

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Dorothy Bendel

Dorothy Bendel's work can be found in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the New York Times, and additional publications. In addition to teaching and writing, she serves as Managing Editor of Atticus Review. See more of her work at: dorothybendel.com

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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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Bruce Berglund

Bruce Berglund taught for nineteen years at Calvin College and the University of Kansas. He has earned three Fulbright research fellowships and received awards for his teaching and writing. His last book, Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague, is a cultural history of the city during the 1920s and 30s. Right now, he is writing a history of world hockey for the University of California Press. Bruce serves as a copyeditor, manuscript reviewer, and content consultant for academic and trade presses in the U.S. and Europe. He has also reviewed grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities and other national and international organizations.

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Ellen Bergman

Ellen Bergman is an elementary school teacher at the Twin Cities Immersion School. Her kids come primarily from the 2nd and 3rd grades and serve as great inspiration for her own perspective and take on creativity. She has taught courses in Literature and Creative Writing at Hamburg University and has published work in the Firethorne Review. Ellen is the recipient of the Lawrence Owen Prize for poetry.

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Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier is a journalist, essayist, and author of the novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. (Random House), a finalist for the New England Booksellers fiction prize in 2012. Her work has appeared in publications including Psychology Today, Elle, Health, Men's Journal, Boston Magazine, Orion, Salon, The Millions, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti (NPR/Boston), Post Road Literary Magazine, and Fiction Writers Review.

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Tara Betts

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016) and Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009). Tara is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2Leaf Press, 2017).

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Kristi Bieber

Kristi Bieber is a successful nonprofit fundraiser based in Los Angeles who has been teaching courses in grant writing and fundraising since 2016. Throughout her career, she has worked to develop strong relationships with funders to find ways to best match their philanthropic passions with the needs of an individual or organization. Kristi holds an MBA from Colorado State University, a MA in Theater Arts from San Jose State University and a BA in Theater from UCLA.

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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 Twin Cities’ writer, editor, and educator, who has published a book of literary criticism and many articles as a former journalist. She earned a PhD in English at the University of Iowa and has taught numerous literary and writing courses, most recently at the University of Minnesota.

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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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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the author of three books of poetry and one memoir. He has received numerous awards for his work.

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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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Reed Bobroff

Reed Bobroff is a poet, playwright, and performer from Albuquerque, New Mexico.He has shared his work at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the National Museum of the American Indian, and been featured in the Breakbeat Poets Anthology and on HBO’s Brave New Voices. He graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a degree in Theater Studies and serves as the Associate Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. He is a 2018-2019 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow.

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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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Rebecca Brill

Rebecca Brill is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing. Her personal essays have appeared in Lilith, The *82 Review, The Swarthmore Review, Entropy, and elsewhere, and her critical work has appeared in Literary Hub. In 2015, her memoir, Oh Lord Prepare Me was published by Stethoscope Press at Wesleyan University, where she later served as editor-in-chief.

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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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