Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
There are 215 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
165 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
461 N. Dale Street, St. Paul, MN 55103
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
345 Kellogg Boulevard W., St. Paul, MN 55102
Street and Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
45 East 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
90 W. 4th St., St. Paul, MN 55102
80 W. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
6 West Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
1265 Snelling Ave. N., Progress Building, MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN
M.S. 155, Room 175 Transportation Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55155
1011 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117
660 Olive Street, St. Paul, MN 55155
503 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
871 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
645 E. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
645 E. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
1 E. George Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
1332 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
1105 Greenbriar Street, St. Paul, MN 55106
1579 University Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Lonely Arts: Poetry
In this new event series, The Loft Literary Center and Hazel & Wren repurpose the form of speed dating to help writers find what they really need—a good critique partner. The energy will be high, the mood will be light, and the talk will be heady—an evening of conversation and craft to remember. The June edition will be for writers of poetry.
Before the dating starts, hitch up with Hazel & Wren for a short-order activity to break the ice and get the creative juices flowing. Then prepare to meet your match in an hour led by Joey McGarvey! Participants will connect in short, one-on-one sessions, guided by questions and prompts that will allow them to rapidly plumb each other’s literary interests, influences, and inspirations. The energy will be high, the mood will be light, and the talk will be heady—an evening of conversation and craft to remember.
Admission includes one beer (or N/A drink) and light snacks from Urban Growler.
Pricing Option: $20.00 (Non-Member Price) (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Event location: Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Lit Crawl MN: Life Advice from Poets
Adulting can be hard. Life advice can help. At this Lit Crawl event, we turn to poets to help us prioritize our lives. Ask your Big Life Questions to our panel of Esteemed Poets who will enlighten, amaze, or at least make you laugh with their responses. We’ll collect questions from the audience that night, as well as in advance on the Loft’s social media (#lifeadvicefrompoets). The poets will draw questions at random from a beret (because #poetry, duh), and take turns offering sage life advice.
Panel of Esteemed Poets:
Sun Yung Shin
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Event location: Trapeze at Barbette
Where Purple Reigns: Minnesota Artists on Prince
Purple Reign: Minnesota Artists for Prince
Visual Art Exhibit runs June 7 through July 7, 2016
Poetry and Music kick off event June 7th, 2016
Reception from 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Reading from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Copresented by UROC and the Loft Literary Center
Join Minnesota poets, musicians, and multidisciplinary artists as we honor the passing of Prince with short performances. Featuring:
E.G. Bailey (emcee)
Lynette Reini-Grandell and Venus
R. Vincent Moniz, Jr.
Juliana Hu Pegues
Ed Bok Lee
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT UROC:
University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis MN 55411
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Event location: UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis
Mentor Series Reading: Sean Hill
The 2015–2016 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents poetry mentor Sean Hill reading along with program participants Elizabeth Horneber (nonfiction) and Jeanne Lutz (poetry).
Sean Hill was born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia. He is the author of Dangerous Goods (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Most recently, he received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. Hill is an editor at Broadsided Press, a monthly broadside publisher. He’s currently a visiting professor in the creative writing program at UA-Fairbanks. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his website: www.seanhillpoetry.com.
Elizabeth Horneber was raised in upstate New York, studied in Greece, and taught English in China. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her nonfiction essays have been published by AGNI, Hunger Mountain, Yemassee, Monkeybicycle, and others. She teaches creative writing in Mankato, Minnesota.
Jeanne Lutz grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota, attended the University of Ireland, Galway, earned her BA in English from St. Catherine University, spent two years in Tokyo, and now divides her time between running the family farm and living in the North Loop of Minneapolis. She is the author of the chapbook Hearts and Harrows, co-written with Richard Donnelly, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stories for the Seventh Generation, Conduit, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Poetry City, USA, and elsewhere. She has also participated in readings at the Loft, Carol Connolly’s Readings by Writers series, Midstream, Barbaric Yawp, KAXE radio station, Poets and Pints, the Anderson Center, and the 2015 Cracked Walnut Literary Festival. “As a poet,” Jeanne Lutz says, “I think it’s important to keep asking Gauguin’s famous set of questions, ‘Where do we come from? Who are we? And where are we going?’”
There is a $5–$10 suggested admission fee for this event. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Writers in Conversation: Natalie Goldberg Presents The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This ZigZag Life
The Loft Literary Center presents an evening of conversation on writing craft with Natalie Goldberg as we celebrate the release of her newly published book The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zig Zag Life and the 30th anniversary re-release of her landmark book on writing craft and creativity, Writing Down the Bones. Expect a lively reading, discussion, and Q and A, followed by a reception.
Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose. Natalie is also a prolific painter. Her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form. Her lively watercolors are exhibited at Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and you can see her paintings on this website. Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press), contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops and she has earned a reputation as a great teacher. The Oprah Winfrey Show sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for a segment on Spirituality that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico.
Writers in Conversation: Natalie Goldberg Presents The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This ZigZag Life is now sold out. If you'd like to be added to a wait list, please enter your information below. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Third Thursday: Capture the Cover
Capture the Cover
with the Loft, judged by Stephanie Curtis
Part of Mia's Third Thursday: Art & Lit
Capture a Mia-inspired book cover and craft a title with the Loft and MPR's Stephanie Curtis.
6-9 p.m. (winner announced at 8:30PM) Target Plaza
Other activities that night include:
DISCOVER the art of storytelling with the new Overheard app.
CONNECT with local literati.|
EXPLORE poetry inspired by art in the galleries by Doug Willhide.
GET PROPPED with story prompts at the Milkweed Editions photobooth.
MAKE & TAKE your own “Hero’s Journey” zine.
COLLABORATE on a larger than life branching comic.
COZY up with Jane Austen in the period rooms.
KICK BACK to live music from Desdamona. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Event location: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mark L. Winston, Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive
Summer 2016 Student Reading
Please join us for the Summer 2016 Student Reading, where students from the Loft Literary Center's winter classes share their work. The evening will start with an open mic and will be followed by the student readers. (The_Loft_Library)
Thomas G. Andrews, Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War
Thomas G. Andrews
, Killing for coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War
Lecture, “The Colorado Coalfield Wars,” and signing, Minnesota History Center (added from Harvard University Press)
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