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.

 

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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Mark Conway

Mark Conway is the author of three books of poetry, rivers of the driftless region, forthcoming from Four Way Books in early 2019, Dreaming Man, Face Down, Any Holy City and a chapbook, First Body.

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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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Sarah Park Dahlen

Sarah Park Dahlen is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches courses on children’s and young adult materials, children's and young adult library services, storytelling, social justice, and library and information science. She co-edited a children's and young adult multicultural literature textbook with Dr. Jamie Naidoo titled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA Editions, 2012).

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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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Lillian Daniel

Lillian Daniel has been featured on PBS and the New York Times for her book, When "Spiritual But Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church. She is the winner of several "Best of the Christian Press" awards.

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Lucien Darjeun Meadows

Lucien Darjeun Meadows' sonnets, prose poems, pantoums, ekphrastics and more have appeared in such journals as West BranchHayden's Ferry ReviewQuarterly WestBeloit Poetry Journal, and the American Journal of Nursing. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, Lucien has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and recognition from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught poetry at the college level, as well as for high school and adult writers of all levels. 

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Allison Davis

Allison Pitinii Davis is an award-winning poet. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford and other institutions. She has led creative writing workshops at Stanford, Ohio State, and more.

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Susanne Davis

Susanne's short stories and nonfiction have been published in numerous journals. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches creative writing at Trinity College, and the University of Connecticut. Her novel, Gravity Hill, is agent represented and circulating with editors.

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Rhea Davison

Rhea Davison has taught at the Loft for five summers and is looking forward to coming back again! She has experience teaching creative writing and English composition at the college-level and has an MFA in fiction.

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Holly Day

Holly Day is a writer and editor with thousands of published articles, poems, and short stories, and more than a dozen published books of fiction and nonfiction. Her writing has been nominated for many awards, including the Pushcart.

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street).

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John DeDakis

Journalist and novelist John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of four mystery-suspense novels. His most recent novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreward INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards in 2017. The novel deals, in part, with the death of John’s youngest son in 2011 due to an accidental heroin overdose.Visit his website at www.johndedakis.com.

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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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Joanna Demkiewicz

Joanna R. Demkiewicz is the publicist at Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit literary publisher in Minneapolis. As publicist, she communicates with the media, booksellers, event coordinators, festival organizers, and lots of authors. When she describes her work, she often calls herself a cheerleader, or a literary advocate. She has worked in promotion for a restaurant group and has founded a magazine featuring storytelling by women and nonbinary writers. Her writing and book reviews can be found in Guernica and The Los Angeles Review.

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Brooke Dierkhising

Brooke Dierkhising is a teacher, researcher, artist, and author. In 2015, she published Many Ways to See the Sun: Nature Meditation for Children and the Adults who Love Them, a book of stories inspired by her work with children in nature.

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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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