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.

 

Lori Degman

Lori Degman writes in rhyme, most of the time—but not always. She is the award-winning author of four children's books, including 1 Zany Zoo (Simon & Schuster, 2010; Winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest, Illinois Reads featured title, and South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee). Learn more about Lori Degman at www.Loridegman.com.

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Dara Dokas

Dara Dokas is a children's author, teacher, and blogger. Her most recent picture book, Muriel's Red Sweater, was a runner-up for the McKnight Award in Children's Literature and was nominated for a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. You can visit Dara online at daradokas.com.

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Maia Dolphin-Krute

Maia Dolphin-Krute is a writer and artist based in Boston, working in the fields of critical theory and performance to examine experiences of chronic illness. She most recently published the book Ghostbodies: Towards a new theory of invalidism. Visit her website at www.ghostbodies.com. 

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Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley has covered the regional food scene for decades. She is the author of seven books, appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for multiple publications. She teaches about writing and cooking. Read More

Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley is author of six cookbooks.  She is a columnist for the Star Tribune and appears regularly on KARE 11 TV and MPR.

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Laura Drew

Laura Drew is an award-winning book designer with more than 15 years experience in publishing. She has created dozens of national and New York Times bestselling book covers.

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Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle has published more than 40 novels and novellas, historical and contemporary. She is a New York Times bestselling author. Her awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine.

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Dain Edward

Dain Edward is a St. Paul writer, filmmaker, and teaching artist. He has an MFA from Hamline University, and his recent writing can be found in Midwestern Gothic: A Literary Journal and Lonely Whale Memoir: An Anthology. A founding member of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, he has been teaching creative writing in MN prisons since 2012

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Jay Eisenberg

Jay Owen Eisenberg is a queer & trans actor, writer, and illustrator who now lives in Minneapolis, by way of New York and Los Angeles. Jay's writing has been published by Akashic Books, University of California Press, and Scholastic Press, among others, and his storytelling has been featured on Dana Rossi's award-winning podcast "The Soundtrack Series" and in Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices Series.

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Dylan Emerick-Brown

Dylan Emerick-Brown is a published poet and teacher of English literature who has written three articles for educational scholarly journals as well as become a fellow of the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Heid Erdrich

Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid works as an interdisciplinary artist and scholar, a visual arts curator, and editor.

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Keno Evol

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Anika Fajardo

Anika Fajardo is a writer born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. Her work has been awarded grants from the MN State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation.

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Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is Pakistani American author and diversity trainer. Her short story collection Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan is an example of fiction based on reality. Visit her website at www.saadiafaruqi.com.

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Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in numerous publications.

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Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, author of Soft: A Memoir, holds an MFA in writing from Hamline University and is a recipient of an Artist Initiative Award through the Minnesota State Arts Board, a SASE/Jerome Award through Intermedia Arts, and the Jones’ Commission Award through the Playwrights’ Center. 

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Kevin Finley

Kevin Finley is a seasoned book publicist who’s been fortunate to work with many well-respected clients from both the book and film sides of the business. He's also a writer currently finishing his first book, Goodnight Saint Paul … Hello L.A., which will be published by Think Piece in the spring. Other credits include the Saint Paul AlmanacSome Places to DisappearMETRO magazine, Outside in Literary & Travel, and The Laois Nationalist.

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Gary Fisketjon

Gary Fisketjon is widely known in the literary world both for his hand in revolutionizing the modern book publishing industry in the US, and for his reputation as a meticulous and comprehensive editor. Mr. Fisketjon has worked with a number of acclaimed writers, including Donna Tartt, Bret Easton Ellis, Kent Haruf, Patricia Highsmith, Tobias Wolff, Julian Barnes, Cormac McCarthy, and Haruki Murakami, while also picking out and fostering new talent.

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Amy Fladeboe

Amy Fladeboe has worked with youth as an intern at 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based non-profit writing support center, has taught creative writing at The University of Vlora in Albania as a Peace Corps volunteer, and received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato, where she also taught creative writing. Amy now teaches creative writing and other English subjects at Normandale Community College.

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Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year.

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Laura Flynn

Laura Flynn is a fiction writer, editor, essayist, and author of Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Hamline University.

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Matthew Fogarty

Matthew Fogarty is the author of Maybe Mermaids and Robots are Lonely, forthcoming from George Mason University’s Stillhouse Press (2016). He has an MFA from the University of South Carolina, where he taught Creative Writing and served as editor of Yemassee. Currently, he is Co-Publisher at Jellyfish Highway Press.

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Trudy Fortun

Trudy Fortun has taught university writing and communication courses for the past twelve years. Currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology, Trudy is especially fascinated by the power of reading and writing as agents for healing

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Jennifer Fossenbell

Jennifer Fossenbell teaches writing studies at the University of Minnesota, co-curates a poetry reading series, and has poems and translations published in numerous journals. She holds an MFA in Poetry.

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Angela Foster

Angela Foster is an award-winning poet and memoirist whose writing has been published widely. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, and is the co-author of Farm Girls, about growing up on a Minnesota farm.

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