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.
Founded in 1997, the Hugo House offers writing classes and events, including the annual Hugo Literary Series, which invites established and up-and-coming writers to create new work and debut it at the house, and the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, which maintains a library of more than 20,000 handmade and independent publications. Residencies, one for an established writer and one for a youth writers, are also offered.
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 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.
The Tuxedo Project Literary Center opened in September 2017 and hosts writing workshops, book readings, author visits and other events. Once the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Stephen Henderson, it has been converted to help build community by providing space for meetings and other organizing activities on the 7100 block of Tuxedo. It is open to the public.
The writers’ residence and literary center is in partnership with Marygrove College and the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.
Taking its name from the lines of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “The Second Sermon on the Warpland,” the Furious Flower Poetry Cetner is the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry. The center is committed to ensuring the visibility, inclusion, and critical consideration of Black poets in American letters, as well as in the whole range of educational curricula. Their programming—which includes lectures, readings, seminars, and workshops—seeks to support and promote Black poets at all stages of their careers and to preserve the history of Black poets for future generations.
A nonprofit which began in the mid-1970s, the Writer’s Center empowers writers and those who aspire to write through workshops, events, and creative collaboration.
The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the United States solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. It features affordable workspace, grants, classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading, as well as a circulating library collection of 85,000 titles, a reading room, and an independent fiction bookstore.
The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. The center hosts workshops for teens and adults, as well as readings and open mic nights. In addition to three regular reading series, additional readings are held throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.