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.
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.Read More
Gabrielle Hovendon’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Redivider, VERSE, 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.Read More
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
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.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 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.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
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.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