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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.

 

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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Chelsea Bunn

Chelsea Bunn is a poet and educator living in New Mexico. Her work appears in publications in print and online, including Maudlin House, Apathy Magazine, Cover, The Big Windows Review, Dogwood, and Georgetown Review. She earned her BA in creative writing and her MFA in poetry at Hunter College in New York, where she received a teaching fellowship, a Norma Lubetsky Friedman Scholarship, and taught creative writing for eleven years.

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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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Rachael Button

Rachael Shay Button is a writer, a teacher, an activist, and a place-based educator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. Rachael's essays and poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pank, The Collagist, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, and Redivider, among other journals.

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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 is the author and illustrator of over 6o picture books including bestsellers I Like Me and Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come. Nancy graduated from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in printmaking. Nancy has been doing a doodle a day since 2009 posting it each day on her website nancycarlson.com.

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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 and writes about race, class, and language. She has taught writing in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and China. Before teaching at the Loft Literary Center, Rachel was a writer-in-residence at Ox-Bow School of Art. She works for Hennepin County Library and lives in Minneapolis.

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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 has published eight young adult novels under the pen name K.R. Coleman. Her picture book, Where Are All the Minnesotans? was released in 2017. Her honors include a Minnesota Emerging Writer’s Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, and a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series award.

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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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