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Five of Hamline's Own Chosen for Loft Mentor Series


The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers twelve emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Selected participants work throughout the year with the six mentors, and all participants and mentors give public readings at the Loft. Dates for those readings will be announced this fall. This program is funded by the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the generous support of Loft members.

Congratulations go out to the twelve writers selected this year, including five of Hamline's own:   


Stephanie Chrismon, MFA '14
Lorissa Gottschalk, MFA '09
Erin Sharkey, MFA '15


Anthony Ceballos, BFA '15


Trisha Collopy, current MFA 

ABOUT THE five alums & students

NONFICTION winners will work with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke & Laura Flynn (adjunct CWP faculty).

Stephanie Chrismon mostly writes urban and dystopian fantasy stories that explore issues of race, sexuality, family karma, and social justice. When she's not obsessing about point of view, she is a pop culture junkie with a somewhat healthy obsession with Lego, Marvel Superheroes, and the Assassins Creed video game series. She received her MFA from Hamline University.

Lorissa Gottschalk is a poet and writer whose work explores and embraces the influence of nature, grief, death, and mystery in our everyday lives. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Hamline University, where she was an Outstanding Thesis Award finalist. Lorissa studied with Philip Lopate and Patricia Hampl at the Prague Summer Writing Program through a scholarship from Western Michigan University. She was also a participant in the SASE Intermedia Arts Writer to Writer Mentor Series and the Orma Lerum Trust Soaring Garden Writing Residency. Her work has appeared in Water-Stone Review, Confluence, and various academic publications. She worked as an Assistant Director at Saint Catherine University for seven years and as an adjunct professor in the English Department. She is currently consulting part-time for Saint Catherine’s Writing Intensive Program. Lorissa lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and daughter where they look forward to meeting daughter number two, due in January.

Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator, and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt. She recently served as production manager for the Heart of the Beast Theatre's Mayday Parade and Ceremony. Erin is the co-host of Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production and has appeared in publications such as Walker Art Center's Untitled and Paper Darts. Erin is a 2016 VONA/Voices Travel Writing fellow, a 2015 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers fellow, a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence as well as a Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens Sr. Archive at the University of MN.

winners will work with Abdul Ali & Sun Yung Shin (adjunct CWP faculty).

Anthony Ceballos received his BFA from the Creative Writing program at Hamline University in 2015. He has been a guest on KFAI’s Write on Radio and Fresh Fruit radio programs and has read for the Intermedia Arts Queer Voices Reading Series, Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Night of Native American Music and Poetry, and The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People gallery show at Two Rivers Art Gallery in Minneapolis. In 2014 he won the George Henry Bridgeman Poetry Award from Hamline University for his poem “Walking Across Soil.” His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. He can be found in various coffee shops and music stores around South Minneapolis when he’s not waiting for a bus.

winners will work with Ayana Mathis & Julie Schumacher. 

Trisha Collopy is a writer, book reviewer, and copy editor who lives ten minutes from the St. Paul house she grew up in. Her journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, the Star Tribune, and many other publications. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Blithe House Quarterly, rock, paper, scissors, and the anthology Queer and Celtic. She is currently finishing her MFA thesis in fiction at Hamline University.

Read the full announcement here. 

And check out the Star Tribune article as well.