Residency Teaching Artists
The Loft hires fiction writers, poets, essayists, journalists, and playwrights to teach writing residencies in Minnesota schools and community organizations. Learn more about teaching in the program. Below is a list of our current roster of residency teaching artists:
Peter Blau teaches adults and children in a variety of venues. He has worked with immigrants learning to speak English through writing, caregivers writing as a respite from their work, and residents of treatment and correctional facilities who write to understand and change their lives. He is a recipient of Mpls/St. Paul Magazine’s volunteer award for his writing residency in a women’s correctional facility. Peter believes that everyone is creative and everyone has a story to tell. One of the primary goals in his classes is to provide a safe, confidential environment so his students can move through their own personal growth and writing journey.
Max Ross is a writer of essays, fiction, and criticism. His work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker’s “Page Turner,” the Paris Review Daily, the Harvard Review, the Boston Globe, the Star Tribune, and American Short Fiction. He currently serves as a contributing editor for the literary journal Open Letters Monthly and as a writing instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Roxanne Sadovsky is a Twin Cities freelance writer, teacher, and healer. She earned her masters degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University Seattle, and her MFA degree in creative nonfiction from the University of Minnesota. Roxanne teaches Intuitive Writing and -the Healing Memoir at The Loft Literary Center. Through the creative process, individuals connect to their internal wisdom and discover what’s needed to live a more fully alive, present, meaningful, and spontaneous life.
Reinhardt Suarez is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Minneapolis. He has worked in educational, children’s, and academic publishing for more than ten years, and has a MFA degree in fiction writing from The New School in New York City. Recent publications include a short graphic story in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, co-written with poets Angela Veronica Wong and Jeff Yang and illustrated by Christine Norrie, and an interactive narrative piece in the Choosatron Adventures Storybooks for The Choosatron Interactive Fiction Arcade Machine Project.
Fres Thao is an advocate for the arts, believing art is direct energy from the soul. As a hip-hop pioneer of the Hmong American community, he is an active lyricist, performer, producer, and mentor. He was a recipient of the 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, using funds to create his "Mind Full Of" vinyl project—the first full length Hmong hip-hop vinyl record album. He is also the Executive Director for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, the first and only multidisciplinary Hmong arts organization in the world. He currently sits on the board of Springboard for the Arts, and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association (District 7), and also works as a freelance creative writing instructor, arts consultant, and mentor for organizations such as Soullections, Essential Sessions Studios, and The Loft Literary Center.
Kate St. Vincent Vogl teaches students from ages 9 to 90 at The Loft Literary Center. She has also taught at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She is the author of Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers and has recently completed a crossover novel. Both her fiction and nonfiction have been honored in international competitions, and she has presented to audiences around the world. Her latest work is forthcoming in Bellingham Review. Younger writers may note that Vogl was named Outstanding Girl Scout Leader for Minnesota’s largest scout region. Vogl graduated cum laude from Cornell University and from the University of Michigan Law School.
Chaun Webster is a Minneapolis-based Teaching Artist who uses the interplay of language and the visual mediums by which they are brought to us to challenge students to think critically about the world and to empower them to share dynamic stories. Webster's work is influenced by jazz, graffiti, The Concrete Poetry Tradition, and The Black Arts Movement. More can be found on Webster and his work at www.freepoetspress.com.
Join our roster of Residency and Outreach Teaching Artists!
The Loft is always looking for talented and dedicated Teaching Artists to add to our growing roster of Residency Teaching Artists.
To learn more, please contact the Loft’s Community Partnership Manager, Kathryn Savage, at firstname.lastname@example.org.