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.

 

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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Mary Carroll Moore

Mary Carroll Moore has written 13 books, including a YA novel and nonfiction. Her essays, short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in many publications. For 12 years she wrote a syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times.

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Dennis Cass

Dennis Cass is the author of Head Case: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain. A journalist, Dennis has written articles and criticism for theNew York Times MagazineMother Jones, and the online journal Slate

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Rachel Castro

Rachel Castro received an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has taught writing in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and China.

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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler is writer and journalist who has been published extensively around the world. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has taught writing in Chicago, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and other interesting locations. Her books include multiple Lonely Planet travel guides.

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Margaret Chapman

Margaret Patton Chapman is an editor, teacher, and writer of fiction and poetry. Her fairy-tale inspired fiction appears in numerous journals. She has taught fiction in multiple states, and was a poet-in-residence in Chicago public schools.

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Dream Chen

Dream Chen is an artist specializing in animation and illustration. Her animation work has been selected for festivals around the world and has won numerous prizes. Read More

Paula Cisewski

Paula Cisewski's second poetry collection, Ghost Fargo, was selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and of three chapbooks. A Minnesota State Arts Board and Jerome Grant recipient, Paula serves as the current Writer-in-residence of the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. 

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Karlyn Coleman

Karlyn Coleman is a fiction writer who has been published in numerous journals. She was awarded a 2013 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant, participated in the Loft Mentor Series, and has a picture book forthcoming. Read More

Kristin Collier

Kristin Collier is a MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction the University of Minnesota where she teaches undergraduate students Creative Writing. Before moving to Minneapolis, she first taught middle school English in New York City with Teach for America and then taught high school English for five years in Chicago. 

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Francine Conley

Francine Conley is a poet, performer, teacher, and director. She has a chapbook of poems, How Dumb the Stars, through Parallel Press, was a founding and active member of Franco-American touring theatre company, Le Theatre de la Chandelle Verte 2001-2014. 

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Charles Conley

Charles Conley has taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, Cape Cod public schools, and Minnesota correctional facilities. He has been awarded fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City.

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Benjamin Connelly

Ben Connelly is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and educator with 15 years teaching experience and seven CDs of his own songs. His songs have been internationally released and been featured on commercial, public, and college radio nationwide as well as in films and on television.

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Josh Cook

Josh Cook is a dorky dad, fiction writer, editor, occasional critic/essayist, and closet poet. (Aren’t we all?) Before his MFA in fiction at Pacific University, he worked a variety of jobs, from janitor to restaurant manager to substandard guitar instructor. (He plays by ear.) His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, magazines, and newspapers.

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Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper is the author of middle grade novels Sticks and Stones (a Minnesota Book Awards finalist!) and Bubbles (2017) from FSG/Macmillan.

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Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist, culture critic, novelist, and founding editor of Wonkette.com. She writes for newspapers and magazines, including the NY Times and the Guardian, and she appears regularly on MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher.

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Gillian Culff

Gillian Culff has taught creative writing to teenagers for more than a decade. She has published short stories, poetry, journalism, and is at work on a novel. She received the Stanford University Recognition for Excellence in Teaching. Read More

Tanner Curl

Tanner Curl is a writer based in Minneapolis. His nonfiction has been published in City Pages and Minnesota Playlist, while his playwriting has been produced by Savage Umbrella. He's also the membership director of The Loft Literary Center, where he works to produce Big Ideas, a dynamic conversation series, and grow the Loft's community of readers and writers. 

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Heidi Czerwiec

Heidi Czerwiec is a poet, essayist, translator, and editor with 20 years of experience teaching creative writing at the college level and in community programs such as Writers in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud.

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Jonathan Damery

Jonathan Damery is a nonfiction writer and MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota, where he also teaches undergraduate creative writing courses. His work seeks to uncover connections between culture and the regional environment, including edible subjects like the wild American plum and large invasive fish

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