Featured offerings: This spring, the Loft presents To Be Honest. Visit our To Be Honest page to learn more and plan your participation.

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.


Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel is a writer, teacher, and author of more than 20 nonfiction books for children. Her adult memoir was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and her essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Read More

Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine (2014, Chicago Review Press) and Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter (2016, Chicago Review Press).

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Isabel Harding

Isabel Harding holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota. She teaches fiction classes at the Loft, and is a writing mentor for youth in Atlanta. Read More

Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, along with other books and personal essays. She has been published widely, and holds an MFA in Fiction.

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Mindy Hardwick

Mindy Hardwick has written YA and middle-grade novels. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she facilitates a poetry workshop for teens in juvenile detention. She frequently teaches young writers.

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Keith Harris

Keith Harris has been a professional music journalist since 1997. He is the former Music Editor of City Pages and the Chicago Reader, a former Senior Editor at Blender, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Red Flag Media Publications in Philadelphia. In each of these positions, he’s helped inexperienced writers develop an individual voice and experienced writers fine-tune their style. His music criticism has appeared all over the place, including Rolling StoneSpin, the Village VoiceSlateSalon, the Star-Tribune and the Pioneer Press

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William Harris

William Harris is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches creative writing to undergraduates. He's a columnist at Full Stop, and has also written for the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe AwlThe Point, and 3:AM.

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Ellen Hart

Ellen Hart is the author of thirty-two crime novels in two different series. She is a six-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, and a four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction. She was recently honored by being named Mystery Writers of America’s 2017 Grand Master, the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing.  

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Erin Hart

Erin Hart is an award-winning and popular writer of crime novels set in Ireland, and is published internationally. She appears at writers’ conferences and festivals around the world. She's taught many genres of writing.

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Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse is the award-winning author of multiple poetry collections. She has received fellowships from the NEA, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Minnesota State Arts Board, among others. Read More

Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield was the opinion editor at the Ottawa Citizen until she left in 2015 to become a freelance writer and editor. Her first novel, a historical fantasy called Armed in Her Fashion, is coming from ChiZine Publications in 2018, and she is writing an interactive historical novel for Choice of Games. She has published more than 30 science fiction and fantasy stories in venues such as Strange Horizons and Escape Pod.

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Nicole Helget

Nicole Helget has published a memoir, adult novels, and middle-grade novels. Her work has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and numerous awards.

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Katherine Hengel

Katherine Hengel Frankowski’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in Harvard Review and elsewhere. She’s published several nonfiction books for children, including Garden to Table. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband, daughter, son and dog and provides professional editing and advising through Minnie Editorial in the Northeast Arts District. 

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Jessica Hennen

A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jessie Hennen debut novel is Awaysickness.  She has also taught advanced level fiction classes, published widely, and is a founding member of Munich's first English-language improv troupe.

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Cristina Henríquez

Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, as well as in various anthologies.

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Geoff Herbach

Geoff Herbach is the award-winning author of nine books, including The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, and the YA novels Stupid Fast and Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders. He teaches fiction and screenwriting in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Karen Hering

Karen Hering is author of the award-winning book Writing to Wake the Soul. She serves as consulting literary minister at Unity Church-Unitarian, and leads programs and retreats near and far that engage writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social action.

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Heather Herrman

Heather Herrman is an author whose work has appeared in journals including The Alaska Quarterly ReviewSnake Nation Review, and The South Carolina Review, and her debut horror novel, Consumption, is out now from Random House imprint Hydra. 

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Laurie Hertzel

Laurie Hertzel is the senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the author of the memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist.

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Patrick Hicks

Patrick Hicks is a poet, novelist, short-story writer, and editor. He is the author of 10 books, and has published in prestigious journals. He has many Pushcart nominations, a Emmy nomination for his work with PBS, and won the Glimmer Train Fiction award. Read More

Sean Hill

Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards and fellowships and his poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

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Maya Hlavacek

Maya Hlavacek is a writer of short stories and is currently at work on her first novel. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and a recipient of the distinguished Teaching Writing Fellowship in her second year. In 2017, Maya was a selected Writing Fellow and New Voices panelist at the Sun Valley Writers' Conference. She teaches writing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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Tamara Hogan

Tamara Hogan is the award-winning author of The Underbelly Chronicles paranormal romance series. Both traditionally and indie-published, Tamara has broad industry knowledge and is a frequent conference instructor and speaker. 

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Carolyn Holbrook

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. In 2010, she was awarded the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award for long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota.

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Cynthia Holm

Cynthia holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Stage and Screen from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently, her play Colored Water was part of the Echo Theatre Company's Reverb Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the screenplay version was honored as a semifinalist for the BLUECAT short screenplay competition in August 2017. 

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