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.


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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A. Rafael Johnson

A. Rafael Johnson's holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama. His work has been seen in spacecraft, Callaloo, African American Review, Kweli Journal, and other places. Andy was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014. His first novel, The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017) was a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award. He has co-produced Writer's Resist—Twin Cities and Banned Together with PEN America and The Dramatist's Guild. He currently teaches at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is working on his next novel.

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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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Patricia Kirkpatrick

Patricia Kirkpatrick has authored multiple poetry collections, a picture book, and has poetry and prose published widely. Her awards include an NEA grant and a 2013 Minnesota Book Award. She is an editor and has been a writing teacher for decades. Read More

Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. He is a past Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and a 2015-2016 Loft Mentor Series Fellow.

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Evelyn Klein

Evelyn D. Klein author, speaker, artist, editor, holds an MST in English. Her teaching has involved classes in the public schools, at Century College and at The Loft Literary Center and workshops on writing and related topics at writers organizations, the Bloomington Writers Fair, and other organizations. Her three books include a poetry memoir, From Here Across the Bridge, and two books of prose, poetry and her own art, Once upon a Neighborhood  and Seasons of Desire.

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Jake Klisivitch

Jake Klisivitch is an editor with 20 years of experience at publishers such as Scribner, Penguin, and Random House. He has acquired and edited numerous titles. Read More

Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in May 2016. She is a finalist for the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers and was co-winner of the James Wright Award from the American Academy of Poets in 2013 and 2015 and received an honorable mention in 2014. 

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Nicola Koh

Nicola Koh is a Protestant seminary trained atheist, transandrogynous, and a Malaysian Eurasian living in the United States. They have an MFA from Hamline University, and their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Southwest Review, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and others.

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E.M. Kokie

E. M. Kokie is the author of Radical (Candlewick Press, September 2016), which explores such themes as family, identity, trust, survival, and guns, not necessarily in that order. Her first novel, Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012), was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a 2013 IRA Young Adult Honor Book.

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Chrissy Kolaya

Chrissy Kolaya is a poet and fiction writer. She's the author of a novel, Charmed Particles, and a book of poems, Any Anxious Body.

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Mary Kole

Mary Kole is a former literary agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, one of the most respected children's literary agencies in the country. Her book on writing middle grade and young adult fiction is Writing Irresistible Kidlit, out now from Writer's Digest Books. She just moved from Brooklyn to Minneapolis and works with writers as a freelance editor (learn more at

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Janna Krawczyk

Janna Brayman Krawczyk is a writer and teacher. Her writing has been featured on MPR, the Star Tribune, and more. She holds an MA in teaching.

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Nicole Kronzer

A current high school English teacher and former professional actor, Nicole Kronzer divides her time between teaching Creative Writing and IB English at Champlin Park High School. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MEd in English Education from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and a BFA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point.

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Katie Kunz

Katie Kunz has taught students of all ages. She's currently earning her MFA in Children's Writing at Hamline University. She has also participated in the Minnesota Writing project. Read More

Kathryn Kysar

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, and the editor of Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She is a board member with AWP and Rain Taxi Review, co-chairs a collegiate writing program, and teaches creative writing at Hamline University.

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