Writers, readers and anyone with an interest in literature and the community are invited to “Write Here. Write Now,” The Loft Annual Gathering and Open House on Tues., Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis.
It’s one of most anticipated open houses of the year in Minnesota, where everyone has a great time while learning about upcoming classes and events being planned. Each year the Loft’s special events schedule includes literary festivals, special author appearances and book release parties.
Who will be presenting in 2012? Now’s a chance to find out. Loft staff and volunteers will also give visitors an inside look at the future directions for the organization as we build a thriving literary community together.
The event is free, but the Loft staff would really appreciate RSVPs in order to make sure they have enough for everyone. Jocelyn Hale, the Loft’s executive director, will speak at 6 p.m., followed by a student reading at 6:45 p.m.
Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to take a Loft mini-class, learn about Loft programs and classes, stake your place in Loft history, and socialize with other aspiring, emerging, and established writers.
The Loft Literary Center has been a part of the literary growth and development of many communities including the Asian American community. Among prominent writers who’ve performed and spoken at the Loft are luminaries such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Li Young Lee, Wang Ping, Ha Jin, Ed Lin, U Sam Ouer, Gene Yang, William F. Wu and Barbara Jane Reyes.
The Loft Literary Center is the nation’s largest independent literary center. The Loft supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a writing community, and builds an audience for literature. Thousands of students register for Loft creative writing courses each year; thousands more participate in Loft readings and other events, including events such as the Lao American Writers Summit, the Equilibrium spoken word series or Tagore’s Treasures, a celebration of the life of writer Rabindranath Tagore. You can visit the loft at www.loft.org