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.


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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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

Nick Jaffe

Nick Jaffe is a professional musician, audio engineer, and for over 15 years has taught music, digital recording, video, and the physics of sound to students of all ages in schools and many other contexts. He’s a veteran of the Chicago soul, hip hop, post-rock, and experimental music scenes performing with a wide variety of artists including Common, Ice Cube, Bobby Brown, Estelle, and Bilal, among others.

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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 is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University. His work has been previously published in Epoch, The Red Line, Maudlin House and more, along with being a finalist for the 2016-17 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship. His agent, Jordan Breindel, is currently shopping his debut novel, The Confessions of Sarah Wilkerson.

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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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Patti Kameya

Patti Kameya is a writer and historian based in Saint Paul. A Los Angeles native, she earned her PhD in History at the University of Chicago and has lived around the Great Lakes ever since. She brings over a decade of experience teaching college history classes to the Loft.

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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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