The Loft Literary Center

The Loft Literary Center is a nonprofit arts organization offering services for readers and writers.

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06/26/2024

Whoohoo—the Loft is featured in the latest edition of Poets & Writers! Happy 50th birthday to us! Thank you for your leadership, Arleta Little.

06/21/2024

TONIGHT!! https://loftlit.co/freeblackdirt

‼️ THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 21!! The Loft is thrilled to host Alexis DeVeaux, alongside Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey of Free Black Dirt, as they delve into the profound and mesmerizing world of “JesusDevil: The Parables”. This event celebrates Alexis DeVeaux’s extraordinary literary legacy, marking 50 years of powerful storytelling and Black le***an feminist brilliance.

🩵 Junauda shares her deep admiration for Alexis: “Alexis DeVeaux is a soulful genius who has blessed this world with her literary, intellectual, and artistic sweetness in countless ways. Her new book is a deliciously deep journey, and I can’t wait to be in conversation with her and Erin Sharkey. PULL UP!”

📚 Books by all three authors will be available for purchase courtesy of Black Garnet Bookstore and a special signing will follow the program.

⏰ Doors open at 6:30 PM | Event starts at 7:00 PM at The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave MPLS, MN.

🔗 HTTPS://LOFTLIT.CO/FREEBLACKDIRT 🔗

06/18/2024

‼️ THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 21!! The Loft is thrilled to host Alexis DeVeaux, alongside Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey of Free Black Dirt, as they delve into the profound and mesmerizing world of “JesusDevil: The Parables”. This event celebrates Alexis DeVeaux’s extraordinary literary legacy, marking 50 years of powerful storytelling and Black le***an feminist brilliance.

🩵 Junauda shares her deep admiration for Alexis: “Alexis DeVeaux is a soulful genius who has blessed this world with her literary, intellectual, and artistic sweetness in countless ways. Her new book is a deliciously deep journey, and I can’t wait to be in conversation with her and Erin Sharkey. PULL UP!”

📚 Books by all three authors will be available for purchase courtesy of Black Garnet Bookstore and a special signing will follow the program.

⏰ Doors open at 6:30 PM | Event starts at 7:00 PM at The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave MPLS, MN.

🔗 HTTPS://LOFTLIT.CO/FREEBLACKDIRT 🔗

Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis drops its annual Wordplay festival 06/18/2024

"We have reimagined both our Wordsmith series and Wordplay festival into a quarterly series we're calling Lit!Series," said executive and artistic director Arleta Little. That new series — aimed, like Wordplay, at bringing together writers and readers — kicked off June 7-9, with essayist, professor and entrepreneur Roxane Gay, as well as "pitch sessions" between authors, editors and agents.

The idea of the series, said Little, is to build community "not just once a year but on a much more regular basis, convening with folks and having literary conversations." That's also augmented by Lit!Commons, a virtual gathering space for writers looking to develop their craft.

Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis drops its annual Wordplay festival The Loft Literary Center, which has hosted big-name writers such as Stephen King and Amy Tan at its annual Wordplay festival for readers and writers, is shifting to quarterly events to keep communication going year-round.

06/14/2024

🎤📖 Come to the Loft at Open Book for a day of Indigenous poetry on THURSDAY, JUNE 27 from Indigenous Nations Poets!

🕐 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: What Does it Mean to be Indigenous Poets Laureate?

💙 Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Nell Westerman, Minneapolis Inaugural Poet Laureate Heid E. Erdrich, and former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin Kimberly Blaeser consider the honor, role, and responsibility from their Indigenous perspectives. The three Poets Laureate will be interviewed by Melissa Olson, MPR reporter.

🔗 https://loft.org/events/what-does-it-mean-be-indigenous-poets-laureate

🕖 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Indigenous Nations Poets Mentor & Fellows Reading

❤️ In concert with the Indigenous Nations Poets 2024 retreat in the Twin Cities, mentors Gordon Henry, Jr., Layli Long Soldier, and Elise Paschen will read their poetry along with 2024 IN-NA-PO Fellows Chris Hoshnic, Emerald GoingSnake, Erin Marie Lynch, Manny Loley, Melanie Merle, Ruby Hansen Murray, Sarah-Joy Milner, Sareya Taylor, and Tyler Mitchell.

🔗 https://loft.org/events/indigenous-nations-poets-mentor-fellows-reading

✨ Don’t miss these FREE events! See you there :)

Photos from Taiwana Shambley's post 06/13/2024
06/11/2024

Tonight! Even if you can’t make it, register so you can get a recording sent straight to your inbox afterwards. HTTPS://LOFTLIT.CO/LITINFO

📚 Curious about the Loft’s Lit!Commons program? Discover all it has to offer on June 11, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST for our virtual info session. ✨

🔍 What to Expect:

• Platform overview
• Pathways and community spaces tour
• Q&A about your writing and goals
• Insights from our teaching mentors

🌻 This session is free and online via Zoom. Pre-register now and join the conversation!

🔗 HTTPS://LOFTLIT.CO/LITINFO

06/11/2024

AmazeWorks had a wonderful time at The Loft Literary Center's Lit!Series event! Big thanks to Roxane Gay, J. Vanessa Lyon, Kelly Sundberg, and Lindsay Hunter for your inspiring words. And a special shoutout to everyone who visited the AmazeWorks table to discover the magic of books and belonging! 🤗📚

Photos from The Loft Literary Center's post 06/08/2024

“Friendship. The Loft was born out of friendship.”

— Marly Rusoff, Founder of The Loft Literary Center

Photos from The Loft Literary Center's post 06/08/2024

“The Loft has been my church of choice.”

— Heid E. Erdrich

06/06/2024

✨ One More Day until LIT!SERIES! ✨ Join us tomorrow at the Loft for our GOLDEN birthday celebration! 🎉

📕 Friday, June 7: Celebrate with mingling, leadership remarks, special guests, and the unveiling of our 50th anniversary chapbook. Snacks by ChowGirls. https://loft.org/events/litseries-loft50-celebration

📗 Saturday, June 8:

- Daytime: Workshops with Kelly Sundberg, Lindsay Hunter, J. Vanessa Lyon. Consults and pitches with agents/editors. Q&A with Roxane Gay.

- Evening: Free pre-show celebration (6-7 PM) at O’Shaughnessy, followed by the first Lit!Series event (7-8:30 PM) featuring Roxane Gay and authors from Roxane Gay Books. Book signing to follow. Tickets $20 (access funds available).

🔗 https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/49509733/the-oshaughnessy-and-the-loft-presentan-evening-with-roxane-gaypart-of-the-lofts-inaugural-litseries-saint-paul-the-oshaughnessy-at-stcatherine-university

📘 Sunday, June 9: More workshops and Q&A sessions with our visiting agents and editor.

🔗 https://loft.org/litseries/litseries-registration

Demystifying Book Acquisitions | The Loft Literary Center 06/06/2024

💭📕 Trying to decipher the book acquisition process, especially without agent representation, can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. Our blog columnist Rachel Werner sat down with two acquisitions editors to shed light on what acquiring a book is like from the publisher’s POV!

🔗 Check it out:

Demystifying Book Acquisitions | The Loft Literary Center Landing a traditional book deal is the dream many writers strive for, but far fewer have seen it come to fruition. Trying to decipher the acquisition process, especially without agent representation, can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. Thus, two of the amazing acquisitions editors I hav...

06/05/2024

Apply at https://bit.ly/MTASSfetchit ❤️

More Than a Single Story Presents:
Go Back and Fetch It
A year long program for Early Career Black Writers

We invite you to apply for our Early Career Black Writers Cohort! Please help us spread the word to others who might be interested in this opportunity.
For more information: https://bit.ly/MTASSfetchit

Erin Sharkey Shannon Gibney Junauda Petrus

06/01/2024

😍 ONE WEEK AWAY 😍 The Loft’s debut LIT!SERIES weekend bonanza featuring Roxane Gay and friends is happening right here in the Twin Cities. The keynote event at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre at St. Catherine’s on June 8 is almost sold out—get your tickets while you still can!

🎟️ https://LOFTLIT.CO/ROXANEGAY
🔗 https://LOFT.ORG/LITSERIES

05/31/2024

🌷 We’re eager to announce a big change at the Loft! We’re shifting the term “members” to “Friends of the Loft.” This new term better reflects our inclusive and community-focused mission.

🌻 Your donations are vital in keeping our literary programs accessible and vibrant. Thank you for being a friend and supporting our shared literary ecosystem. Because let’s be so astronomically real for a second—we couldn’t do it without you.

✏️ Charlie, our talented development associate wrote a wonderful blog post breaking down this change and what it means for you and us. Check it out!

🔗 Read the blog: https://loft.org/writers-block-blog/reimagining-membership-what-it-means-be-friend-loft

🔗 Become a Friend: https://loft.org/join-support

05/31/2024

So amazing 💕

May has been a busy month of writing and events! One of the highlights was meeting the incredibly talented writers of the 's Mirrors and Windows Fellowship! We talked about what it takes to build your author brand and career, you know, ALL the non-writerly stuff authors are expected to do these days!

Thank you and the folks at the Loft for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I'm in awe of the amazing work you do!

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❓ Still not sure what Lit!Commons is all about? It’s truly one of a kind. Check out this video made by our very own Chri...
🗓️ Join us on October 25 for a FREE virtual info session with acclaimed authors Peter Geye, Carolyn Holbrook, and 신 선 영 ...
📖 11 more days until MN’s Summertime Celebration of Readers, Writers, and Great Books! Join us July 8 for an all-day cel...
Huge thanks to @libraryofzoe for showcasing our WORDPLAY 2023 Author Reveal Party!! We bet @antoniaangress is excited to...
Loft Wordplay 2023 Returns!
Powerful advice for young artists of color from David Mura, the author of “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself.” This aud...
Our next Publisher’s Profile interview is up with Chantz Erolin from Graywolf Press! Emma and Chantz talk about what mak...
New on our website resource page: short interviews with Twin Cities literary organizations! First up is William Burleson...
Craft Conversation: Sigrid Nunez
Join us for some fun in the generative workshop exploring joy & celebration in literature! The Writer at Play, with Juli...
Explore the power of self-expression, compassion, and community through personal narrative storytelling in this upcoming...

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