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.

 

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

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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Laura Goode

Laura Goode's most recent work is a collection of poems, Become a Name (Fathom Books, 2016). A Twin Cities Native, she received her BA and MFA from Columbia University and lives in San Francisco.

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Heather Goodman

Heather E. Goodman has taught writing at high schools, universities, and the Loft. She has attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, was a Loft Mentor Series Award recipient for fiction, and won the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. Her work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting JournalShenandoahHunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, and Minnesota Monthly.

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Shawn Goodman

Shawn Goodman is the award-winning author of three YA novels, including Something Like Hope, inspired by his work with juvenile detention facilities. He works as a school psychologist in Ithaca, New York.

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Jared Goyette

Jared Goyette is a journalist. Most recently, he has reported on Black Lives Matter in the Twin Cities for a variety of news outlets, including the Guardian and the Washington Post.

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Sam Graber

Sam Graber is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced from NYC to LA. He is currently playwright in residence for Mission Theatre Company. He teaches classes at The Playwrights' Center. 

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Morgan Grayce Willow

Morgan Grayce Willow's poetry and prose have received numerous awards. She is the author of poetry collections and chapbooks, an anthologized memoir, and published essays. Read More

Sarah Green

Sarah Green is the author of Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and won the Pushcart. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a PhD in English.

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Molly Beth Griffin

Molly Beth Griffin is an award-winning author of picture books and a YA novel. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and received the 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children's Literature.

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Keren Gudeman

Keren Gudeman is a former English teacher, coach and outdoor educator. Keren writes a blog and teaches with Improv Parenting, which teaches kids and adults improv to enrich relationships through creativity, play and spontaneity.

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Anne Guidry

Anne Guidry earned her MFA at The Ohio State University where she taught fiction and writing classes. She has led community writing workshops in collaboration with the Minnesota Literacy Council and the Minnesota Juvenile Correctional Institute, and has been the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Anderson Center and an Artists' Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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Roy Guzman

Roy G. Guzman was born in Honduras and raised in Miami, FL. He is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared or will appear in Winter Tangerine, Juked, Superstition Review, Platypus Press's Wildness, The Collapsar, Assaracus, Public Pool, and Up the Staircase Quarterly.

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Amy Hallberg

As a longtime high school teacher of German—later Spanish—Amy played with other languages for years before turning to narratives in her native English. Amy's first book, Where the Other Me Lives: An American Life Reflected in Germany, will come out in 2017. A graduate of Carleton College, Amy holds certificates from The University of Chicago in Editing and German to English Translation and is a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach. 

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Cindra Halm

Cindra Halm writes poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and articles. Her poetry chapbook, Inflectional Weather, is published by Press of the Taverner.

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