We strive to have accurate bios for everyone involved at the Loft. Unfortunately, managing 400+ bios each year takes a lot of time. We are going to now update existing bios twice a year. If you already have an existing bio on this page and would like to update either your photo or your bio, you must submit a new one through this system by the two deadlines. The two deadlines each year are March 1 and August 1. If you miss a deadline, you will need to wait until the next update period. We will make every effort to have all bios updated by the end of the month in March and August.  

You will need two things to complete this:  

1. A bio, written in third person.  

2. As high of a resolution photo as possible (ideally 300 dpi, but if large enough, we can work with 72 dpi). If you save a thumbnail from a website and send it to us, it will not work for print purposes. We can use an author photo or a book cover image, but the images are best if they are vertical or square rather than horizontal in perspective. 

Marketing and Communications Intern (1 position)

Fall semester position (January – mid-May 2019)
15-20 hours per week, primarily daytime, Tuesday – Friday
Stipend: The Loft Marketing & Communication Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. Students who are eligible for a Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grant at Augsburg or Hamline can apply to receive an increased amount through their school.

Loft internships offer a flexible workplace, excellent and personalized supervision and mentorship, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Loft’s social media communities; create and curate engaging, clickable content relevant to the mission of the Loft, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Assist in developing and coordinating content for the Loft’s blog and podcast. This may include writing, editing, and publishing blog posts, as well as researching guests and transcribing and cutting tape for audio content.
  • Assist with the development and publication of marketing materials such as ads, flyers, and digital images for social media and eNews.
  • Research and maintain a targeted media list, and assist heavily with PR tasks around the Loft's upcoming Wordplay event (launching May 2019). 
  • Assist in updating and maintaining targeted media lists, loft.org website content, and the Loft's resource library catalog.


 Qualifications:  

  • A demonstrated interest in learning more about arts organizations and nonprofit marketing and communications;
  • An educational background in the humanities, communication & marketing, studio art, or media studies.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office).
  • Familiarity with a broad spectrum of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blog engines.
  • Some experience in graphic design and/or familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (esp. InDesign and Photoshop).

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail oriented, creative, and open-minded, with the ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with others. This position is flexible and personalized to suit the intern's strengths and interest areas; interns are both encouraged to take on responsibilities that suit their skillsets and given opportunities to build new skills in a wide variety of marketing, PR, and communications areas. This internship is supervised by the Marketing & PR Coordinator, who works in close collaboration with the intern.


To Apply: Please prepare MS Word or PDF documents that include a resumé, a cover letter, and a writing sample. Choose sample of writing that showcases your narrative voice and ability to write with clarity and style; any genre or format (creative, academic, journalistic, etc.) is fine. You may submit these as separate files or as one collected file (to submit multiple files, please click on “Add Files” and then Shift-Select multiple files). Submit by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018. Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call to check on your status. You will receive a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was successfully submitted. If you would like to make a change to your application, you can withdraw it at any point using your Submittable account and then resubmit.  


Finalists will be contacted for interviews. Once the position is filled, all applicants will be notified. 

Wordplay Program Intern (1 position)

Spring semester position (January – April 2018)
15-20 hours per week, primarily daytime, Tuesday – Friday
Stipend: The Loft Wordplay Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. Students who are eligible for a Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grant at Augsburg or Hamline can apply to receive an increased amount through their school.

Loft internships offer a flexible and enjoyable workplace, excellent supervision and mentoring, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage Wordplay submissions database.
  • Research and maintain potential author list. 
  • Assist in curation of Wordplay programs. 
  • Assist with updating Wordplay website with relevant author, sponsor, and vendor details. 
  • Work with literary director on strategies for community outreach. 

Qualifications:  

  • A demonstrated interest in learning more about arts organizations and nonprofit programming;
  • An educational background in the humanities, communications, or marketing;
  • Demonstrated writing ability;
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office);
  • Familiarity with contemporary author and publishers 
  • Experience in graphic design and familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop is a plus.

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail oriented, creative, and open-minded, with the ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with others. This position is flexible and personalized to suit the intern's strengths and interest areas; interns are both encouraged to take on responsibilities that suit their skill sets and given opportunities to build new skills in a wide variety of literary nonprofit, event programming, and curating areas. This internship is supervised by the Wordplay Director, who works in close collaboration with the intern. 

To Apply: Please prepare MS Word or PDF documents that include a resumé, a cover letter, and a writing sample. You may submit as separate files or as one collected file (to submit multiple files, please click on “Add Files” and then Shift-Select multiple files). Submit by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call to check on your status. You will receive a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was successfully submitted. If you would like to make a change to your application, you can withdraw it at any point using your Submittable account and then resubmit.  

Finalists will be contacted for interviews. Once the position is filled, all applicants will be notified.
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About the Loft: Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), the Loft is a haven for readers and writers; one of the largest centers of its kind of the country. Our mission is to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature.

This work is essential. We believe that story, verse, and writing aren’t just nice things to have, or to put up on a shelf, but are core to a full existence. At their best, words help us connect, entertain, mourn, provoke, educate, and empathize.

We accomplish our work by bringing essential conversations, artists, readers, and learning opportunities together under one roof.


About Wordplay: The Loft’s Wordplay will take place May 11–12, 2019 and aims to be the biggest party for words Minnesota has ever seen. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors and celebrated books; a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a big party for books like Wordplay.

There will be something for every reader at Wordplay and most events will be free. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival will be for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.

The Loft Literary Center