The Twin Cities (ranked "the most literate city in America" in 2008) is a nationally recognized center for cultural activity in visual arts, music, theater, dance, film, writing, reviewing, and literary publishing. Major funding organizations offer annual awards and fellowships to artists at every level, including students. Readings by nationally distinguished authors take place at area bookstores, libraries, museums, coffee houses, and other performance venues virtually every night of the week. The area provides a lively environment for experimental and cross-cultural writing, performance art, and collaborative work among artists.

Writer's Organizations

The Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

The Loft is the nation's largest nonprofit literary center. In addition to monthly readings by local and nationally recognized authors, the Loft sponsors a Mentor Series, a year-long program in which emerging Minnesota writers work with established authors from across the US. Applications are accepted in early spring and writers spend the year workshopping and giving readings with visiting writers. The Loft also offers various grant opportunities.

  • Also home to Open Book and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts!

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court
400 Sibley Street, Suite 200, St. Paul

Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

Springboard for the Arts

308 Prince St. #270
St. Paul, 651-292-4381

MN Artists

1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Literary Presses

Coffee House Press

27 North 4th St., Minneapolis

Graywolf Press

2402 University Ave. #203, St. Paul

Holy Cow! Press

P.O. Box 3170, Mount Royal Station, Duluth

Milkweed Editions

Suite 300, Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

Spout Press

P.O. Box 581067, Minneapolis, MN 55458


Conduit & dislocate

Publications by graduate students in the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota

Paper Darts & Rain Taxi Review of Books

P.O. Box 3840, Minneapolis

Water~Stone Review

Graduate School of Liberal Studies:
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

Independent Bookstores

Birchbark Books and Native Arts

2115 West 21st St.
Minneapolis, 612-374-4023


2914 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 612-823-5612

Magers and Quinn

3038 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 612-822-4611


2238 Carter Ave.
St. Paul, 651-646-5506

Midway Books

1579 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, 651-644-7615

Theatres, Museums, and Galleries

Guthrie Theatre

818 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, 612-377-2224

Jungle Theatre

2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 612-822-7063

Mixed Blood Theatre

1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, 612-338-6131

Penumbra Theatre

Martin Luther King Center
270 N. Kent St.
St. Paul, 651-244-3180

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

University of Minnesota
333 E. River Road
Minneapolis, 612-625-9494

Katherine E. Nash Gallery

University of Minnesota
405 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 612-624-6518

Minnesota Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Avenue S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

The Soap Factory

2nd Street S.E.
Minneapolis, 612-623-9176

The Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, 612-375-7622