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.

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for adult classes for spring term 2018 are now being accepted and are due October 25, 2017.   

This form is for an adult, in-person class for spring term (March, April, May), 2018. If you are submitting for an in-person youth class, please submit it in the youth category. There will not be an open proposal process for proposing online classes for spring, but we will be open again for summer classes. Thank you!

What you need to know about spring 2018 Classes at the Loft

You will notice that we’re changing a few things. All of it is with the intention of better serving YOU and your students. We will be hosting an info session to answer questions but, for now, here are the things you will notice.


·         The Loft is committed to lowering our cancellation rate to 20% or less.   

·         We will be offering early-bird specials to encourage earlier enrollment.

·         Cancellation policies will change to support early enrollment and allow for better planning.

·         Fewer classes will be offered so that we can better market, promote, and fill your classes. This also means that fewer classes will be accepted in this process. 

·         The Loft is offering thematic programming. This means we will explore one theme each quarter through our existing programs. This spring theme is To Be Honest:

Sometimes poetry gets to the truth faster than nonfiction. Sometimes the news isn’t fully based on facts. Sometimes a narrator isn’t trustworthy. We hope to use this theme to explore the ways narrative arts can both illuminate and hide the truth. One event we’re looking forward to is a book launch with the poet and New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young, whose forthcoming book is titled Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. How do you explore getting to the truth through writing and literature?

The bulk of our classes will not be about this theme. We will continue to offer hundreds of classes every year in the traditional form. However, if you would like to propose a class exploring this idea, please let us know. Those classes will be highlighted in the quarterly and included in thematic marketing.

Please consider proposing single session Saturday classes that support students who may be readying their work to attend the Loft's Pitch conference the weekend of April 20/21 (craft centered classes for completing novels or memoirs, including children's lit, readying a pitch, etc), as well as classes (for later in April, early May) that allow students to go back and refine their work after attending the conference.

The official spring term proposal deadline is midnight Wednesday, October 25; please do your best to turn in a class proposal by this deadline. Because I inevitably get multiple deadline extension requests each term, I am setting the form expiration date to midnight Monday, October 30 so that our (still beloved) procrastinators can still turn in a proposal through Submittable rather than email, where they can sometimes get lost. I will consider proposals turned in between October 26-October 30 on a space available basis, but those turned in by the stated October 25 deadline will be prioritized.

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for spring term, 2018 classes are now being accepted and are due October 25, 2017.  

This form is for a youth, in-person class for spring term (March, April, May), 2018. If you are submitting for an in-person adult class, please submit it in the adult in person class category. We are not having an open proposal period for online classes for spring but will be open again for summer. Thank you!

What you need to know about spring 2018 Classes at the Loft

You will notice that we’re changing a few things. All of it is with the intention of better serving YOU and your students. We will be hosting an info session to answer questions but, for now, here are the things you will notice.

·         The Loft is committed to lowering our cancellation rate to 20% or less.  

·         Cancellation policies will change to support early enrollment and allow for better planning.

·         Fewer classes will be offered so that we can better market, promote, and fill your classes. This also means that fewer classes will be accepted in this process. 

·         The Loft is offering thematic programming. This means we will explore one theme each quarter through our existing programs. This spring theme is To Be Honest:

Sometimes poetry gets to the truth faster than nonfiction. Sometimes the news isn’t fully based on facts. Sometimes a narrator isn’t trustworthy. We hope to use this theme to explore the ways narrative arts can both illuminate and hide the truth. One event we’re looking forward to is a book launch with the poet and New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young, whose forthcoming book is titled Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. How do you explore getting to the truth through writing and literature?

The bulk of our classes will not be about this theme. We will continue to offer hundreds of classes every year in the traditional form. However, if you would like to propose a class exploring this idea, please let us know. Those classes will be highlighted in the quarterly and included in thematic marketing.

The official spring term proposal deadline is midnight Wednesday, October 25; please do your best to turn in a class proposal by this deadline. Because I inevitably get multiple deadline extension requests each term, I am setting the form expiration date to midnight Monday, October 30 so that our (still beloved) procrastinators can still turn in a proposal through Submittable rather than email, where they can sometimes get lost. I will consider proposals turned in between October 26-October 30 on a space available basis, but those turned in by the stated October 25 deadline will be prioritized.

Job Title: Poetry Out Loud Intern (1 position)

Fall/Spring position (Sept/Oct 2017 – April 2018) 10-20 hours per week, primarily daytime, Tuesday - Friday

Stipend: The  Poetry Out Loud Intern will be paid a $2000 stipend divided into every-two-week payments. 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.

Organization: The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
www.loft.org

The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings and a spoken word series, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life. The award-winning Loft is renowned for the quality of its programming and its service to the community.

Deadline to apply: Sept 22, 2017, midnight

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

The Poetry Out Loud Intern will recruit and increase participation for the state-wide poetry education initiative, Poetry Out Loud. In addition, the intern will work cross-departmentally to creatively promote Poetry Out Loud by engaging with the Loft’s social media platforms, and through direct outreach to Minnesota high schools.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist Outreach & Partnership Sales Manager with recruitment of Minnesota high schools interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud to help increase school registration and retention.

  • Assist with the development and distribution of materials such as flyers, Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guides, and Loft marketing materials to Minnesota schools.

  • Maintain and update database of Poetry Out Loud contacts including: teachers, students, and competition judges.

  • Collaborate with marketing team to use social media to announce and promote Poetry Out Loud. Assist the Loft’s marketing and communications department in developing and coordinating content for the Loft’s blog, Writers’ Block. This includes the writing and editing of blog posts about Poetry Out Loud.

  • Research potential participants in Poetry Out Loud. Research new opportunities for engagement with new schools and actively recruit and promote the program to schools.

  • Research communication strategies and evaluate potential techniques for forwarding and growing Minnesota’s Poetry Out Loud program.

  • Assist with state semi-final and final competition logistics, pre-planning, and on-site event management

Qualifications:  

  • A love of poetry and creative writing.

  • An interest in learning more about arts organizations and nonprofit community education.  

  • A community engagement and outreach background and/or knowledge and experience in arts education, writing, and research.

  • Demonstrated writing ability.

  • An understanding of and experience with creating and updating existing spreadsheets and databases.

  • Proficiency using Google Drive and web-based search engines. Familiarity with a broad spectrum of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and effectively strategize across departments.

  • Passion for community learning and engagement with the arts.          

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and creative.

Contact mwray@loft.org  if you have questions about the Loft and the internship experience.

To Apply: Please prepare MS Word or PDF documents that include a resumé, a cover letter (explaining why you're interested in this internship), 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 Friday, September 22. 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.