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.

 

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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Molia Dumbleton

Molia Dumbleton's fiction has appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Witness, The Stinging Fly, The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, Hobart, and others. Her short story collection, God Nor Beast, was a Finalist for the 2018 Iowa Short Fiction Award.

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Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels, two collections of essays, and many genre-defying books, including The Colour of Memory; Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It; Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush; and Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2012. His most recent book, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, was published in March 2018 by University of Texas Press, and his book Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, about the film Where Eagles Dare, is forthcoming in the UK from Penguin and in the US from Pantheon.

Dyer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and in 2015 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has held faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, the Michener Center for Writers, and the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently living in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.

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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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Anthony Eichenlaub

Anthony W. Eichenlaub has published two sci-fi western novels in his Metal and Men series. His articles and stories in several magazines. He has won a Silver Honorary Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest and teaches writing workshops in Rochester, Minnesota.

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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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Ellen Fee

Ellen Fee has spent the past year teaching creative writing at an after-school program in St. Paul. Before that, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she wrote an undergrad thesis on children's poetry and literacy development. Her poems have appeared in a variety of 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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James Figy

James Figy is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His creative and journalistic work has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers.

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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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Luke Finsaas

Luke Finsaas is a writer, designer, and web developer in the Twin Cities. He's been building websites for over 10 years.

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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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