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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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The Catherine Pelton Durrell '25 Archives and Special Collections Library Poughkeepsie New York

The principal repository of Vassar College, the Archives and Special Collections library houses rare books dating from the fifteenth century, an...

Attic Institute Portland Oregon

Established in 1999, the Attic Institute offers writing workshops; five-month fellowships that provide guidance in both craft and publishing; and...

Powell's Books Portland Oregon

The "City of Books," as the four-story flagship store in Portland, Oregon, is known, occupies an entire city block, and carries more than one...

Longfellow Books Portland Maine

Located in the heart of Portland, Longfellow Books sells both new and used books and hosts author readings and a book club. It also offers free...

Anthology Booksellers Portland Oregon

Anthology Booksellers is an independent used-book store specializing in used, out-of-print, and rare books in most fields. Owners Marilyn Stablein...

The Writers' Workshoppe Port Townsend Washington

The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore carries over 5000 books as well as gifts and the famous Writers' Block Chocolate and Coffee, made...

Herman Melville's Arrowhead Pittsfield Massachusetts

Built in 1783, the Arrowhead was the home of Herman Melville for thirteen years. The works Melville wrote at Arrowhead included Moby-Dick...

Encore Phoenix Arizona

A space created to inspire and motivate individuals to express themselves verbally through the art of spoken word and to encourage people to use...

Head House Books Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Founded in 2005, Head House Books is a locally-owned independent bookseller in Philadelphia that straddles two historic Philadelphia communities:...

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for around six years, and he spent his last year in the city living in this red brick building with his wife...

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