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.


Katie Howes

Katie Howes is an aspiring poet with an MFA from the University of Washington and a BA from St. Cloud State University. She has worked with students struggling with reading, ages 5 to 9, and believes in the importance of self confidence and perseverance in learning.

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Brenda Hudson

Brenda Hudson is a teacher, editor, writer, and journal facilitator. She holds an MS in Journalism, a PhD in Rhetoric, and has worked in journalism and academia. She now focuses on helping others express themselves through writing. Read More

Blair Hurley

Blair Hurley received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. She has received a Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel is due soon from WW Norton & Company.

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Rochelle Hurt

Rochelle Hurt is the author of two poetry collections: In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize selected by Richard Blanco, and The Rusted City (2014), published in the Marie Alexander Series in prose poetry from White Pine Press.

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Su Hwang

Su Hwang, born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in New York then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has won numerous awards and fellowships and is currently a third-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Minnesota and a graduate instructor in the College of Liberal Arts.

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Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland is the author of the novels for young readers Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and the forthcoming Dread Nation. You can visit her at her website:

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Donna Isaac

Donna Isaac is a retired English/writing professor with over 40 years of teaching experience. She is published in a variety of literary journals and has published two chapbooks, and has a collection of poems forthcoming from Pocahontas Press. For more information, see her professional website:

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Khary Jackson

Khary Jackson is a performance poet, playwright, and teaching artist. He is a graduate fellow of the Cave Canem writers' program, has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Playwrights' Center, and much more. Read More

Marlon James

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women and John Crow’s Devil.

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Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of a novel and multiple works of creative nonfiction, including memoirs and craft books. She has received two Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, among other awards. Read More

Amy Jauman

Dr. Amy Jauman is the Chief Education Officer and Owner of Remotely Smart, a virtual company that provides education to remote and traditional organizations. She has a master’s degree in experiential education and a doctorate in organization development. Amy is also a certified social media strategist and certified instructor with the National Institute of Social Media (NISM).

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Jac Jemc

Jac Jemc is the author of The Grip of It. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, and her collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time (Dzanc Books) was named one of Amazon's best story collections of 2014. 

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Alex Juffer

Alex Juffer received his B.A. in English at Macalester College in 2009, and then headed south for an MFA in creative writing at Southern Illinois University, which he just completed. He also taught multiple creative writing craft classes at the Summer Writers' Workshop for high school students in Carbondale and writing lessons to teens at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago. 

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Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father and The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

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Rebecca Kanner

Rebecca Kanner has published two novels, appeared in Best American Essays, and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing. Her writing has won numerous awards, including an AWP Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

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Deborah Keenan

Deborah Keenan is an award-winning poet, visual artist, and creative-writing professor at Hamline University. She is the author of eight books of poetry, and has been published in many journals and anthologies throughout her well established career. Read More

Trevor Ketner

Trevor Ketner earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015PleiadesThe Adroit JournalThe OffingMARY JournalThe Rumpuscream city review, The JournalHayden's Ferry Review: The DockSycamore Review, and elsewhere. Recently he received the 2014 Gesell Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the 2014 MARY Editors' Prize and the 2013 Wabash Prize for Poetry.

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Sam Killmeyer

Sam Killmeyer is a writer, teacher, and editor. Her poems have appeared in Coal Hill Review, Moon City Review, Pith and elsewhere. She is a current MFA candidate at Colorado State University where teaches composition and works as an editorial assistant at the Colorado Review.

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Connie Kingrey Anderson

Connie Kingrey Anderson is the author of the Creepers Mysteries series, including Haunted Cattle Drive and Toadies. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota, and an MFA in Drama from the University of Georgia.

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Patricia Kirkpatrick

Patricia Kirkpatrick has authored multiple poetry collections, a picture book, and has poetry and prose published widely. Her awards include an NEA grant and a 2013 Minnesota Book Award. She is an editor and has been a writing teacher for decades. Read More

Evelyn Klein

Evelyn D. Klein author, speaker, artist, editor, holds an MST in English. Her teaching has involved classes in the public schools, at Century College and at The Loft Literary Center and workshops on writing and related topics at writers organizations, the Bloomington Writers Fair, and other organizations. Her three books include a poetry memoir, From Here Across the Bridge, and two books of prose, poetry and her own art, Once upon a Neighborhood  and Seasons of Desire.

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Jake Klisivitch

Jake Klisivitch is an editor with 20 years of experience at publishers such as Scribner, Penguin, and Random House. He has acquired and edited numerous titles. Read More

Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in May 2016. She is a finalist for the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers and was co-winner of the James Wright Award from the American Academy of Poets in 2013 and 2015 and received an honorable mention in 2014. 

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E.M. Kokie

E. M. Kokie is the author of Radical (Candlewick Press, September 2016), which explores such themes as family, identity, trust, survival, and guns, not necessarily in that order. Her first novel, Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012), was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a 2013 IRA Young Adult Honor Book.

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Chrissy Kolaya

Chrissy Kolaya is a poet and fiction writer. She's the author of a novel, Charmed Particles, and a book of poems, Any Anxious Body.

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