LeRoy Sorenson began writing when he was a teenager: essays, commentary pieces, short stories and poetry. He has worked as a child psychologist, political organizer and financial analyst. He was one of four poetry participants in the 2009—2010 Loft Mentor Series and graduated from the Loft’s Foreword program in December 2014.
James Bettendorf taught math for 34 years at various levels and in his retirement begin writing classes at the Loft in Minneapolis, MN. He completed a two year poetry internship in the Loft Master Track program in 2009 and has published a book of poems, “swimming in the earth”, which includes art by his daughter. He has also had poems published in several journals including Rockhurst Review, Light Quarterly, Star Line, Ottertail Review, Talking Stick Vols. 18 - 24 and Free Verse along with several on-line publications.
Kristin Laurel is a mother of three, employed as an emergency room and helicopter-transport nurse. She credits her passion for poetry to The Loft Literary Center (Minneapolis) where she began taking writing classes in 2005 and completed a two-year immersion program in poetry in 2011. Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including CALYX, Evening Street Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Main Street Rag, Naugatuck River Review, Raleigh Review, The Talking Stick, and others. She and her partner share homes in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and the lake town of Waconia, Minnesota.