Lori Stoltz teaches courses in English Composition, Fundamentals of Writing, and Literature at Saint Paul College. She received her M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, and earned her B.A. English, and minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. She has taught at Rochester Community and Technical College, The College of St. Scholastica, and Cardinal Stritch University and absolutely loves teaching. She aligns with Albert Einstein’s belief, which states, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Growing up as the oldest of seven children, the daughter of a Master Sargeant in the Air Force, she moved all over Europe and the United States, appreciating the learning and growth that came with being exposed to other cultures and ideas. She especially delights in the stories of the Brothers Grimm since she spent her childhood in Germany. Her parents were both avid readers and passed down the stories that ignited her passion for literature and imagination. She has passed this love of stories and learning onto her four children: two daughters and two sons.
In 2001, she had a chapbook of poetry published by a small press, Black Hat Press, called "Sleepers in the Wake" and was a poetry editor for Water-Stone Review in 2006, which published her interview with renowned writer, Maxine Hong Kingston. Her poetry and non-fiction essays are published in a variety of local literary magazines. Recently, was selected as semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry in the Nimrod International Journal of Poetry. She enjoys giving readings whenever and wherever she can because "poetry is an ancient language that brings joy to the human spirit."