Wordplay Lineup!

Wordplay Lineup 2019

The Loft's Wordplay, presented by St. Catherine University and Star Tribune, represents a phenomenal year in books! This lineup brings together some of our best contemporary writers from best-sellers to emerging artists, locally grown to internationally celebrated, emerging to award-winning—including several Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists and winners.

Thank you to everyone who visited and participated in Wordplay 2019!

Jennifer Acker
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Arvin Ahmadi
Mitch Albom
Charlie Jane Anders
Rebecca KS Ansari
Gretchen Anthony
Ana Aranda
Kristen Arnett
Heather Ash
Swati Avasthi
Kelly Barnhill
Dave Barry
Sam Barry
Gabrielle Bell
Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Sara Biren
Bryan Bliss
Roy Blount Jr.
Pseudonymous Bosch
Todd Boss
H.M. Bouwman
Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Lisa Marie Brimmer
Jericho Brown
Nick Bruel
Gail Buell
Frank Bures
Matt Burgess
Nickolas Butler
Cathy Camper
Anders Carlson-Wee
Robert Casper
Tina Chang
Ryan Chapman
Franny Choi
Sun Mee Chomet
Nicole Chung
Mark Conway
Dylann Crush
Stephanie Curtis
Edwidge Danticat
Miranda Darrow
Larry Day
Jared Diamond
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Beth Dooley
Mark Doten
Jennifer duBois
Geoff Dyer
Mary Moore Easter
Helen Ellis
Heid Erdrich
Allen Eskens
Anika Fajardo
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Joseph R. Farag
Michele Filgate
T Fleischmann
Fernando Flores
Jacob Frey
Jay Gabler
V.V. Ganeshananthan
Ross Gay
Peter Geye
Shannon Gibney
Dobby Gibson
Raul Gonzalez III
Lori Gottlieb
Daniel Gumbiner
Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel Hawkins
Sheila Heti
Jennifer Bowen Hicks
Sherri Hildebrandt
Carolyn Holbrook
Kimberly Willis Holt
David Housewright
LeAnne Howe
Abdi Nor Iftin
Mitchell S. Jackson
Mira Jacob
Marlon James
A. Rafael Johnson
Chelsey Johnson
Lacy M. Johnson
Mary Karr
Lynne Kelly
Angie Kim
Stephen King
Laila Lalami
Lorna Landvik
Justine Larbalestier
Daniel Sach Le
J.M. Lee
Ed Bok Lee
Linda LeGarde Grover
Eric Lorberer
Catherine Lundoff
Mélina Mangal
Arkady Martine
Vanessa McGrady
Will McGrath
Nora McInerny
Bill McKibben
Mindy Mejia
Sandhya Menon
Michael Merriam
Kerri Miller
Tracy Mumford
David Mura
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
Patrick Nathan
Diana Khoi Nguyen
Hieu Minh Nguyen
Mette Nielsen
Daniel José Older
Tommy Orange
Gregory Pardlo
Morgan Parker
Ridley Pearson
Angela Pelster
Benjamin Percy
Junauda Petrus
Mary Laura Philpott
Dawn Quigley
Scott Reintgen
Marcie Rendon
Irina Reyn
Lilliam Rivera
Caleb Roehrig
ReBecca Koenig Roloff
Erin Kate Ryan
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Julia Sarcone-Roach
Robin Beth Schaer
Julie Schumacher
Joanna Scutts
Lizbeth Selvig
Samantha Sencer-Mura
Jared Yates Sexton
Dani Shapiro
Beowulf Sheehan
Kat Shepherd
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin
Kristen Simmons
Curtis Sittenfeld
Danez Smith
Sarah Stonich
Mary Strand
Rebecca Stump
C.M. Surrisi
Amy Tan
Elizabeth Tannen
Whitney Terrell
Krista Tippett
Miriam Toews
Natasha Trethewey
David Treuer
Scott Turow
Luis Alberto Urrea
Elizabeth Verdick
Lisa Von Drasek
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Claire Wahmanholm
Sarah Warren
Scott Warren
Chaun Webster
Esmé Weijun Wang
Scott Westerfeld
Eliza Wheeler
Mike Wohnoutka
Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
Alan Zweibel