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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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W.H. Auden's Brooklyn Heights Home Brooklyn New York

W.H. Auden lived in the brownstone on the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace from October 1939 to September 1940. A plaque on the...

Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena California

Founded in 1894, Vroman's is an independent family-run bookstore, a literary landmark, and a community center. The bookstore hosts over 400 events...

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Tempe Arizona

The historic President’s Cottage on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus is the home of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing....

Village Books Bellingham Washington

Founded in 1980, Village Books is a community-based independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington....

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books New York New York

The name of this bookshop is less a political statement and more of a description of owner Jim Drougas' business philosophy—the independent store...

Unnameable Books Brooklyn New York

Unnameable Books is a bookstore located in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Founded as "Adam's Books" before being renamed, the store...

University of Arizona Poetry Center Tucson Arizona

A "living archive," the University of Arizona Poetry Center houses nearly seventy thousand items related to poetry in its collection. Founded in...

Twice Sold Tales Seattle Washington

Twice Sold Tales is open at the crack of noon every day, and open until 7:00 PM. Between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, there is a happy hour sale, 25% off...

Tsunami Books Eugene Oregon

Tsunami Books is an independent bookstore in Eugene, Oregon that sells new and used books. Tsunami also hosts readings, music events, and other...

Truman Capote's Brooklyn Heights Home Brooklyn New York

Truman Capote lived in the basement apartment of 70 Willow Street for ten years, which he rented from his friend Oliver Smith. While living there...

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