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 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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: justinaireland.com.Read More
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: donnaisaacpoet.com.Read More
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.Read More
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Trevor Ketner earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, The Offing, MARY Journal, The Rumpus, cream city review, The Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review: The Dock, Sycamore 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More