During the course of the Memoir Writing Project, participants will be joined by a number of distinguished memoirists and publishing professionals. Authors and editors will either join via video conference or in-person. The Loft reserves the right to replace project visitors should unforeseen circumstances arise, and we cannot provide refunds if we need to find a replacement.
Mai Neng Moua is the author of The Bride Price (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017) and the editor of Bamboo Among the Oaks, the first Hmong American anthology of creative writing, published in 2002 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. She has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2011, a Bush Artist Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and the Loft Mentor Series Award in 2007.
Bronson Lemer is a writer, journalist, editor, and teacher. He holds a BA in English and Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Mankato. His writing has appeared in Blue Earth Review, The Reykjavik Grapevine, and Twentysomething Essays from Twentysomething Writers. Bronson's memoir, The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq, was an Amazon Top 10 Gay & Lesbian Book, an American Library Association's 'Over the Rainbow' selection, and a Minnesota Book Award finalist, among other awards. He teaches writing at the University of Minnesota Rochester, and is working on a collection of essays about growing up in North Dakota and living abroad.
Rachael Hanel lives and writes just outside of Mankato, Minnesota. She is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and teaches Mass Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books for children. We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter, is her first book for adults.
Alan Turkus is a publishing executive and editor of numerous bestsellers turned author; he is currently working on several projects including a memoir. He is the former Senior Aquisitions Editor, Amazon Publishing and the former Editorial Director at Thomas & Mercer, for Amazon Publishing.
Erik Anderson acquires general interest titles for the University of Minnesota Press, focusing on books about Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes region, Scandinavian culture, jazz and popular music, and trade paperback reprints.
Ann Regan is the managing editor of the Minnesota Historical Society Press.