Arts + Literature Laboratory is a community-based contemporary arts center in Madison, Wisconsin. The center supports visual and literary arts, music and performance, and youth and adult arts education through an active calendar of exhibitions, readings, concerts, and educational programs, including a monthly reading series. The 10,500 square foot space in Madison’s downtown Capitol East District houses galleries and performance space, a writing center and small press library, artist studios, and a dedicated education studio.
The Pan African Library, in association with the Society for Africans in Diaspora (SAiD), educates the public in the study of African narrative, cultures, leadership, and achievement. The library hosts both intimate and extravagant events in their state-of-the-art space, including exhibitions, performances, talks, readings, book signings, theater, dance performances, film screenings, film shoots, and fundraisers.
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore opened in 2000, and the Cultural Center was added in 2007. A staple in the community of Washington Heights, the shop features books by African American authors and holds events for writers, including workshops, poetry readings, and spoken word performances.
The Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Center helped create and remains a major sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival that draws 60,000 people to the city every Labor Day weekend. All events are free and feature author readings and talks.
Wendy’s Subway is a nonprofit library and workspace that hosts a range of public programs, including interdisciplinary readings and screenings, talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, writing workshops, and free courses. Its noncirculating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism.
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 literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume poetry library, a reading room, an exhibition room, and a children’s room, all free and open to the public. Poets House offers a wide range of literary programming, including readings, talks, panels, performances, poetry workshops, and the annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Houston Public Library is a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas—both in population and area—in the United States. The library system is comprised of forty-four public service units including thirty-one Neighborhood Libraries, four Regional Libraries, three Special Collection Libraries, and four Express Libraries, as well as the HPL Mobile Express and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston. They host the Houston Public Poetry quarterly reading series and other literary events throughout the year.
The American Poetry Museum is an outreach museum that serves as a space for exhibitions and education centered on the subject of American poetry. The Museum collects objects centered around American poetry and presents events and educational poetry writing workshops for learners of all ages. The Museum also hosts an annual exhibition each year comprised of art, photography and video about different subject matter using poetry as a tool for discussion.
Signal-Return is a letterpress printing studio and nonprofit center for arts education, artists, and arts enthusiasts located in Eastern Market. Their hands-on and wide-ranging programming includes printing and binding workshops, book release parties, exhibitions, and the Motor Signal Reading Series cohosted by Literary Detroit.
Book Suey is a cooperatively owned and democratically run bookstore that provides access to books, connection to local writers and publishers, and meaningful conversation in a safe and welcoming environment. Opened in 2017, the store is located inside Bank Suey and is a community-driven operation owned and supported by members. They host author events and readings and their hours of operation are Wednesdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, and Saturdays from 12:00PM to 6:00PM.