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.


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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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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Patricia Hoolihan

Patricia Hoolihan is a writer and teacher. She published a memoir in 2014, and has written numerous nonfiction books for teens and adults. Her essays have appeared in many journals. Read More

Kate Hopper

Kate Hopper is a teacher and author of three nonfiction books. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and has earned a Fulbright Scholarship, among other awards. Her writing appears in numerous publications. Read More

David Housewright

David Housewright won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his first book. He has written 17 novels and won numerous awards, including three Minnesota Book Awards. In his former life he was a journalist and ad man.

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Gabrielle Hovendon

Gabrielle Hovendon’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including The Missouri ReviewGettysburg ReviewCincinnati ReviewSouthwest ReviewRedividerVERSE, and Ninth Letter. She has an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and is a PhD student and writing instructor at the University of Georgia. She is also the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship, a Richard Devine Fellowship, and a Lilly Fellows Graduate Program scholarship. 

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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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