Can I Read at the Loft?
The Loft is committed to providing authors and audiences with unique events that deepen their understanding of the craft of writing, and engage them in lively and thought-provoking discussions. We strive to produce events that encourage crowd participation, build audiences for diverse authors, and offer learning opportunities to the more than 4,000 students who take our classes. These goals are the foundation of our programming.
Read on to learn about the types of events we host and sponsor, how you can apply to participate in Loft-affiliated readings, how to rent our performance hall for your own reading or event, and other ways we help promote authors' books.
Our Key Readings and Events
The Loft hosts and sponsors events associated with our core programs and goals.
Each class term (fall, winter, spring, summer), the Loft Education department offers a reading for students in adult and youth classes.
The Loft also schedules readings throughout the year for current participants in the following programs:
- Equilibrium, our spoken-word series
- Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose
- McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers
- Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant
- Second Story, our reading series for authors of children’s books and YA literature.
The Loft also frequently collaborates with other literary nonprofits to produce events. In addition, the Loft has a decade-long partnership with MPR and the Star Tribune on the high-profile Talking Volumes series.
Apply to Participate in a Loft-Affiliated Event
Thank you for your interest in reading at the Loft! You can apply to present as part of our event series As Curated By.
As Curated By: This series focuses on artists from underrepresented communities. If your application is selected, you'll serve as a community curator for the event. You'll develop the reading and performance, and have the opportunity to teach a Loft workshop on the subject.
Apply below if you are interested in participating.
APPLICATION NOTE: Because we receive dozens of requests and proposals for readings and collaborations, we cannot guarantee a personal reply to your query. If your proposal is accepted and we wish to move forward with you, we will contact you.
SPACE RENTAL NOTE: See the information below if you are interested in renting our performance hall and hosting your own event (not sponsored by the Loft).
Other Ways We Can Help Promote Your Book
If you have a new book published and are on tour or interested in doing a publication launch, congratulations! The Loft does not have the ability to accommodate the number of book launch requests we receive. We recommend you review our event series listed above (As Curated By) to see if your book launch might be a good fit for those. If so, apply! Here are other ways in which we can help you celebrate your new book:
- list it on our website’s Community Postings Board
- display a copy in our Resource Library
- tell us your Loft-related success story so we can highlight it
- apply for our grants and awards to promote the book or write the next one!
We also recommend contacting the following fine bookstores and venues to see if they can accommodate you:
- Boneshaker Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Common Good Books — email@example.com
- Magers & Quinn
- Micawber Books
- Moon Palace Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once Upon a Crime Books — email@example.com
- SubText Books — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayday Books — call 612-333-4719
- Birchbark Books — email@example.com
Spaces at the Loft and Open Book
The Target Performance Hall (across from the Loft office) is a shared-use facility. The Loft does not control its schedule. It is managed by the independent non-profit Open Book. Open Book is home to three independent non-profit organizations—Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Milkweed Editions, and the Loft. All of these organizations rent their space from Open Book. For more information on Open Book, visit www.openbookmn.org.
Because the Loft doesn't control the performance hall schedule, dates may appear as “open” on the Loft’s calendar, but that does not mean the performance hall is available. Often it is being used by another tenant of Open Book, or it has been rented out by other organizations or individuals. Open Book is a beautiful community resource and we are proud to play a role in keeping it sustainable.
Authors or publishers may rent the Target Performance Hall through the Open Book general manager. If you are interested in doing so, please send a query to Joe Skifter, general manager of Open Book (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that frequently, promotional materials for such readings incorrectly list them as taking place at the Loft, rather than at Open Book. While these events take place at Open Book, the Loft is not actually involved in the curation, promotion, or production of these events.
In addition to the performance hall, Open Book also rents small meeting rooms.