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Readings, Readings Everywhere…

Posted on Wed, Jan 30 2013 2:14 pm by Jerod Santek

On any given night in the Twin Cities, there are a half-dozen to a dozen literary events being offered. Given the many organizations and venues offering a wide-range of author programming, what makes a reading at the Loft a unique experience? What drives you to—or keeps you away—from a reading at the Loft?

The Loft is committed to providing authors and audience members with high-quality, curated events. The Loft presents approximately 80 events a year, presenting both emerging and established artists. The number of requests for readings at the Loft far exceeds our capacity to produce quality events. Given resource limitations, how can we maximize that capacity to support Minnesota writers?

On Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m., the Loft will host a discussion with staff, board, and community members. We will share our programming history and philosophy as well as our vision for the future of readings at the Loft. We want your ideas and feedback.

We are proud of the many accomplishments of our members, students, teaching artists, and program participants. Many of these writers are publishing books through both traditional and alternative means to great success. We know that many of these writers think of the Loft as their “writing home” and we are grateful for that sentiment. But how do we best balance this with other constraints?

Please join us on February 12 to discuss our programming priorities—priorities that are essential for the health and diversity of our offerings and that are in keeping with our mission.