This spring, the Loft’s writers-in-residence will guide you through a new creative writing activity every month, each inspired by works and themes from Five Ways In. No previous writing experience required; all materials provided. Just bring your creativity and an open mind. The Loft writers-in-residence will be joined by writer and Walker educator Diane Mullen.
March 28: Victoria Blanco is a writer from El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. Her research and writing have been supported by a Fulbright Award, research fellowships from the University of Minnesota, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, among others. Blanco was a fellow in the 2017–2018 Loft Mentor Series and her work has appeared in Catapult, Fourth Genre, and Bat City Review.
April 25: Nneka Onwuzurike is a creative nonfiction writer living in Minneapolis. She is a 2017 Intermedia Arts Beyond the Pure fellow, a 2016 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers fellow, and a Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation workshop alum. Onwuzurike is currently working on a memoir that explores the joys and pains of being a first-generation Nigerian American through a series of lyric essays.
May 23: Kathryn Savage is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Minneapolis. Her writing has appeared in numerous venues including American Short Fiction magazine, Guardian, Ploughshares, Village Voice, Star Tribune, and the Best Small Fictions of 2015, among others. Recipient of the 2018 Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize, she’s been awarded grants, fellowships, and residencies around the country. Savage an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and is at work on a first collection of short stories, poems, and a novel.
Diane C. Mullen is a Minneapolis-based writer and arts educator. She is the author of the young adult novel TAGGED and a picture book to be released in 2020. Mullen holds a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University,