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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

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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Mary Hirsch

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.

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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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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

Teacher and poet, Donna Isaac has published a collection of poetry, Footfalls (Pocahontas Press); and two chapbooks, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press) and Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks).

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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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