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
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Fall 2019 Student and Teaching Artist Reading
The night will begin with the student readers and will culminate with a reading by a teaching artist. Limited reading slots are available to students from in-person and online Loft classes. See listing for details.
Price
Regular $0.00
Member $0.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Loft Presents If: Catfishing on Catnet: Naomi Kritzer with Kelly Barnhill
Hugo-award-winning author Naomi Kritzer discusses her near-future novel, Catfishing on CatNet, about a cat-picture-loving artificial intelligence and its online human friends. Naomi is joined by World Fantasy Award winner and Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill in a discussion about coming of age in the 21st century, online friendships, and how much the Internet knows about you. 
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Loft If Theme Marker 2
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Loft Presents If: A Very Star Wars Cabaret
The Skywalker Saga of Star Wars ends this Winter. As part of the Loft's fall theme 'If," this cabaret features writers and thinkers who are also fans of the blockbuster series sharing creative work involving Star Wars. Celebrations, critiques, and creature features abound! Featuring Saymoukda Vongsay, Matthew Kessen, Luis Lopez, Shannon Gibney, and Jodi Byrd.
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
If @ The Loft Presents A Very Star Wars Cabaret
Date
Time
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Mentor Series Reading with Ross Gay and Douglas Kearney
The Loft Literary Center Presents a 2019-2020 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentors Ross Gay and Douglas Kearney and fellows Chee Vang, Halee Kirkwood, Heather Quinn, and Misty Schwab.
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Loft Mentor Series Audience 2018
Date
Time
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
2020 Member Party: Wordplay Reveal
Loft members: Come celebrate the wonderful community of member supporters who make it all possible at the Loft. We'll raise a glass to the many successes of the year plus let you in on a the first exciting author names headlining Wordplay 2020, the largest celebration of the written word in Minnesota coming May 9.
Price
Free
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Wordplay Lineup Coming Soon
Date
Time
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges Of Liberation & Living
For two years Black Table Arts has gathered poems from around the world on black joy. That work will be published as A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges Of Liberation & Living curated by Keno Evol.
Artists
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Black Table Arts
Date
Time
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
BOUNDARIES & BORDERS: More Than A Single Story: Transracial Adoptee Voices

As part of the Loft's Boundaries and Border Crossings theme, this More Than a Single Story discussion will explore the histories of transracial and transnational adoption in their communities.

Price
Regular $5.00
Member $10.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Boundaries-Borders
Date
Time
8 p.m.-9 p.m.
BOUNDARIES & BORDERS: Equilibrium: Whose Border? Featuring Bobby Wilson
As part of the Loft's Boundaries and Border Crossings theme, the Loft will host a special EQ showcase featuring artists troubling the notion of borders and enforcement. The event features Bobby Wilson, with opening performances by Peuo Tuy, Roy G. Guzmán, and Kokou Doeh.

This event is cosponsored by the Minnesota Freedom Fund and the James H Binger Center for New Americans.
Price
Regular $10.00
Member $5.00
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Boundaries-Borders
Date
Time
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Loft Spring Member Meetup
Members make everything possible at the Loft, so come make some bookish buddies at our members social hour.
Price
Free
Location
The Loft at Open Book
Group at Loft Event