Agents and editors will be visiting the Loft April 20-21, 2018 to hear about your work. Register now for the Pitch Conference.

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.

 

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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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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Sally Franson

Sally Franson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. She has taught at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College; received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Glimmer Train, and the Best American series; and her work has appeared in The Guardian, Witness, NPR, and Word Riot, among other publications. Her first novel, A Lady's Guide to Literature, will be published by Random House in 2018.

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Dawn Frederick

Dawn Michelle Frederick is owner and literary agent for Red Sofa Literary. She was previously an agent with Sebastian Literary Agency, and an editor for a YA publisher. She has taught classes at dozens of writers' conferences and festivals.

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Rebecca Frost

Rebecca Frost is a longtime teacher, performer, and Somatic Therapist. Her poetry and fiction have been published in journals and anthologies. She co-founded "Dancers Who Write", and has won two McKnight Fellowships in Choreography. Read More

Venessa Fuentes

Venessa Fuentes writes poems and essays, and then she reads them in public. She's one of 16 writers who is featured in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016). In July 2017, Fuentes and her creative partner/composer Dameun Strange co-produced “Mother King,” an opera about Alberta Williams King, activist and mother of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Greta Gaard

Greta Gaard has been practicing mindfulness and writing since 1995, and teaching their intersections since 2001. Exploring our human interidentity with earth others through eco-memoir in The Nature of Home (2007), and through a scholarly lens in Critical Ecofeminism (2017), Greta works as a Professor of English and founding Coordinator of the Sustainable Justice Minor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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Rachel Gabriel

Rachel Gabriel is a writer and teacher who encourages creative expression through storytelling. She holds an MFA, won for Creative Nonfiction in the Loft Mentor Series, and received the Loft’s Excellence in Teaching Fellowship. Read More

Mary Gardner

Mary Gardner has been writing novels for almost 30 years, and has been teaching writing for 50 years. Her second novel, Boat People, won the Associated Writing Programs Award for the Novel.

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Peter Geye

Peter Geye is the award winning author of the novels Wintering, The Lighthouse Road, and Safe from the Sea. He holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he taught creative writing and was editor of Third Coast.

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Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, she lives with her husband, children, and sister-in-law in Minneapolis.

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April Gibson

April Gibson is a poet and essayist. She is the author of a chapbook, Automation, published by Willow Books (2015) as part of their Emerging Writer’s Series. She holds an MFA from Chicago State University. April was a 2014-15 Loft Mentor Series winner and is currently working on her first full-length collection of poems. 

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Seraphina Nova Glass

Seraphina Nova Glass is a writer, director, producer, and published novelist. She is an award-winning and widely produced playwright who is represented by the Robert A. Freedman Agency in New York. She is also a professor of dramatic writing and acting at University of Texas, Arlington. She recently wrote and directed a film starring Five-time Golden Globe winner, Mr. Ed Asner, in addition to optioning both a TV pilot and screenplay this year.

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Rachel Gold

Rachel Gold is the author of the award-winning novels Just Girls (Bella Books 2014) and Being Emily (Bella Books 2012). She has an MFA in Writing from Hamline University and has spent the last 14 years working in marketing and publicity. 

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Jennie Goloboy

Jennie Goloboy is an agent with Red Sofa Literary, a published author of history and fiction, and holds a PhD from Harvard in the History of American Civilization. She writes speculative fiction under the pen name Nora Fleischer.

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