literary sites

Boston

by
Ifeanyi Menkiti
7.18.11

The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.

The Loft Literary Center

Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsoring a series of awards for writers and publishing A View From the Loft, an online magazine featuring articles about the craft of writing. Writers may also rent studios at Open Book, where the Loft is housed along with Milkweed Editions and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where the Loft is housed. 

The Catherine Pelton Durrell '25 Archives and Special Collections Library

The principal repository of Vassar College, the Archives and Special Collections library houses rare books dating from the fifteenth century, an extensive manuscript collection, and the Vassar College Archives. The holdings range from medieval illuminated manuscripts to modern manuscripts, and include over 500 collections of Vassar College graduates, faculty, and others affiliated with the college. Of special note are the papers of writers Mary McCarthy and Elizabeth Bishop, Samuel L. Clemens, and Edna St.

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation's mission is to preserve and interpret the home of the late poet, and to promote literary programs that nurture a passion for the written word. The widely noted avant-garde poet of the 1920s and 1930s settled in Indian River County in the latter part of her life in a cracker-style house built around 1910.

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