Upcoming Events

Loft Events

Upcoming Loft events are listed below.

Most events allow for advanced ticket purchases. Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Advanced tickets are non-refundable. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to most events on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Date
Time
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Flip the Script!
Join youth poets from around Minnesota, along with some of the most dynamic, creative Spoken Word artists in the country, for a one-day conference focusing on both writing and performance. Registration required, which will open soon at www.TruArtSpeaks.org.
Price
Free
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Flip the Script Image
Date
Time
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Poetry Out Loud Minnesota State Semi-Finals Competition 2019
The Loft Literary Center proudly presents the 2019 Minnesota Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. Come and watch teens compete for the chance to represent Minnesota at the national finals in Washington, D.C. 
Price
Free
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Poetry Out Loud Banner 2
Date
Time
5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Poetry Out Loud Minnesota State Competition 2019
The Loft Literary Center proudly presents the 2019 Minnesota Poetry Out Loud state finals. Come and watch teens compete for the chance to represent Minnesota at the national finals in Washington, D.C.
Price
Regular $0.00
Low Income $0.00
Member $0.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Mentor Series Reading with Moustafa Bayoumi
The Loft Literary Center Presents a 2018-2019 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Moustafa Bayoumi and fellows Anessa Ibrahim and Jaya Stenquist.  
 
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Mentor Series Audience
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Big Ideas: Needs featuring Rumaan Alam
There are many ways to create, engage with, and participate in a family, but what do we need from our family? In conversation with Lisa Marie Brimmer about his latest novel, That Kind of Mother, Rumaan Alam looks at family through a female protagonist with a biological white son and an adoptive black son and asks how family can meet one’s needs.
Artists
Price
Regular $15.00
Member $10.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
Time
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
An Evening with Curtis Sittenfeld
Curtis Sittenfeld will be in conversation with the prolific, charming, and hilarious Lorna Landvik, author of the upcominging release Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes), which will be featured during the Loft’s inaugural Wordplay.

Join us for a buoyant evening of fun and camaraderie at the beautiful Lake of the Isles home of Board of Directors member Eric Roberts and his wife Laura Davis.
Price
Regular $150.00
Location
Home of Eric Roberts
Curtis Sittenfeld
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fierce Lament
Fierce Lament is an anthology that brings together over 30 poets, essayists, artists, and activists who were asked to respond to the query, “How do we sustain ourselves and our communities in the face of intense uncertainty fueled by global climate change, growing nationalism and political extremism fueled by social media and the Internet.” This event will feature contributors Lisa Marie Brimmer, Pam Costain, MN State Senator Scott Dibble, Michael Kleber-Diggs, David Lawrence Grant, and Brad Zellar.
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Pay What You Can $0.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
Time
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Mentor Series Reading with Natalie Diaz
​The Loft Literary Center Presents a 2018-2019 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Natalie Diaz and fellows Mimi Iimuro Van Ausdall and Jessie Lee-Bauder.
 
Artists
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Mentor Series Audience
Date
Time
8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Equilibrium: Reed Bobroff, Spoken Roots
Spoken Word Immersion Fellow Reed Bobroff's project, Spoken Roots, uses poetry as a tool for identity and emotional development for youth in three indigenous communities.
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
EQ Audience