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This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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KGB Bar New York New York

In the 1940s, the space currently occupied by KGB Bar was a Ukranian socialist club. KGB opened in 1993 as a Soviet-era themed bar, and it remains...

Pete's Candy Store Williamsburg New York

Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store is a performance space, bar, and club. The venue hosts weekly poetry readings and other...

Poets House New York New York

Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and...

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe New York New York

Founded in the early 1970s, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet...

Richard Wright's Former Residence Brooklyn New York

A plaque honoring Richard Wright is mounted on the writer's former residence in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York. Wright often visited the nearby...

WORD Brooklyn New York

Established in 2007, WORD is a 1,000 square-foot independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, New...

The Center for Fiction New York New York

Founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, The Center for Fiction, is a nonprofit organization devoted solely to the art of fiction. Its mission...

BookCourt Brooklyn New York

Established in 1981, BookCourt is an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. The store hosts author events, reading groups—a Spanish book...

Paul Laurence Dunbar House Dayton Ohio

A modest two-story red brick building with nine rooms, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The...

Thurber House Columbus Ohio

Thurber House was the home to James Thurber and his family when he attended Ohio State University (from 1913-1917), and today it serves as a ...

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