The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden cultivates and celebrates the writing arts. Programming goes year-round, and is always open to both students and the public: programs such as Writers in Camden, an NEA-supported reading series, the annual Summer Writers’ Conference, and the Cooper Street Writers Workshops, unite artists and scholars, students and citizens, around the power of the written word.
The mission of WriterHouse is to promote the creation and appreciation of literature and to encourage the development of writers of all levels by providing an affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high-quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public.
Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, is owned by author Emma Straub and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub. The bookstore sells everything from best-sellers to a wide selection of kids’ books to lesser-known titles by local authors, and hosts literary events including book launches, readings, and talks.
An independent, family-owned bookstore with locations in Naperville, Downers Grove, and La Grange, selling books independently since 1875. The bookstore hosts a variety of author events and owner Becky Anderson interviews visiting authors for NCTV17's Authors Revealed.
Columbia College's MFA Creative Writing program hosts reading series, lectures, talks, and panel discussions throughout the school year. They also host the Story Week Festival of Writers, which is an annual weeklong series of readings, conversations, and panel discussions that celebrates the power of story. Festival participants are Columbia's own students and creative writing faculty as well as authors and members of the publishing industry from all over the world.
Norco College presents "Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College" events in Fall and Spring semesters. The program is hosted by the college's Wilfred J. Airey Library and consists of college-wide reads of selected books, related book discussions, student panels, and author appearances. Notable authors such as Richard Rodriguez (Hunger of Memory), Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (Farewell to Manzanar), Dave Pelzer (Child Called It), and Reyna Grande (Distance Between Us) have appeared to discuss their work.
The Studios of Key West was founded with the vision of bringing artists to the island, connecting them with local audiences and artists, and offering space for both to explore their creativity. Events include lectures, performances, and literary happy hours.
The Center for Poetic Thought’s mission is to cultivate, demonstrate, and curate the exhibition of creative work that displays the many ways that “poetry” occurs in American life and beyond. The space is also used as a site to demonstrate the many ways in which “poetry” crosses our paths in life and in art; this may take the form of music, dance, micro-theater, visual art, and architecture.
Founded in 1954 on the basis of a small donation by W. H. Auden, the Poetry Center presents some thirty public readings, performances, and lectures each year on the San Francisco State University campus and at various off-campus venues, featuring outstanding poets and writers from across the literary spectrum. The Poetry Center reading series is one of the longest-running such programs in the country, with roots in the 1950s San Francisco Poetry Renaissance.
Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is an independent bookstore where book lovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture’s only “Literary Landmark.” Although it has been more than fifty years since tour buses with passengers eager to sight “Beatniks” began pulling up in front of City Lights, the Beats’ legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking continues to be a strong influence in the store, most evident in the selection of titles.