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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.


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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Andy Froemke

Andy Froemke began his storytelling career when he waded into the rivers of Montana with Robert Redford, co-producing/co-directing Shadowcasting: The Making of A River Runs Through It. The documentary aired on PBS and French cable, garnered a Regional Emmy nomination, and won a Gold Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival.

Mr. Froemke made his feature film directorial debut with the psychological thriller Parasite. Shot in 13 days in the Arizona desert for $40,000, the film would eventually sell to both Asian/North American markets. Moving to Minnesota, he turned from production to screenwriting.

In 2014, he provided scripted material for the ABC series In an Instant and optioned a psychological thriller to Movierockets Entertainment. In 2016, his romantic mystery, Split Rock Light, made the Quarterfinals of the Nicholls, his historical bio-pic, The Lowrie Gang, garnered him the IFP MN/Knight Foundation Screenwriting Residency, and he made the Pitch Finale at the Austin Film Festival.

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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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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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Kathy Goodkin

Kathy Goodkin is an editor for chapbook publisher Gazing Grain Press and the author of the poetry chapbook Sleep Paralysis (dancing girl press, 2017). She also serves as a poetry manuscript consultant for the North Carolina Writers' Network. Her poems and criticism appear widely in such journals as Field, Denver Quarterly, RHINO, The Volta, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from George Mason University, where she was Editor-In-Chief of the literary magazine Phoebe: a Journal of Literature and Art.

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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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David Grant

David Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write new work for the Minnesota Science Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, among others. As a screenwriter, he has written for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, and the Showtime Network. David has served, along with poet Ethelbert Miller, as mentor to the 2013 Fellows of the Givens Foundation’s Collaborative Retreat for African American Writers.

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