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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Heather Herrman is an author whose work has appeared in journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, Snake Nation Review, and The South Carolina Review, and her debut horror novel, Consumption, is out now from Random House imprint Hydra.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Mary Hirsch has taught humor writing at the Loft for over 10 years. She has written for Minnesota Monthly, MPLS/St. Paul Magazine, and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is the author of I Wake-Up Beautiful and Other Fantasies, a writer and star of the one woman show Pull Yourself Up by Your Bra Straps and If I Don't Marry Davy Jones I'll Just Die.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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