Upcoming Events

Loft Events

Upcoming Loft events are listed below. All events through September 1, 2021 are virtual.

For In-person events: 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.

All virtual events are offered with a pay-what-you-can price point. All admission helps cover the Loft's costs to deliver high quality literary events.

Date
Time
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Mother, Daughter, Witch, Savior
Women in caretaking roles are often burdened with unrealistic expectations and forced into sexist dichotomies. These authors examine the role of caretaker from new angles to expose the nuances beneath.
Wordplay 2021 Mother Daughter
Date
Time
9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Illustrator Draw-Off
Get ready! Get set! DRAW! Join four amazing and celebrated children’s illustrators as they compete for your votes with a live-illustration draw off. Each round, the moderator will give a new prompt to the illustrators then YOU get to vote for your favorite. We’ll declare a winner at the end, based on votes, but the real winner will of course be FUN!
Wordplay 2021 Draw Off
Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Intercontinental Series featuring Connie Palmen

In Your Story, My Story: A Novel, Connie Palmen constructs the untold story of Ted Hughes, former romantic partner of poet Sylvia Plath—revealing hidden demons of both star-crossed lovers.

Artists
Price
Free
Location
Online
Wordplay 2021 Connie Palmen
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sense of Adventure
What does it cost to be the boldest, most daring, joyfully liberated person you can be? These writers explore what it means to be true to oneself in order to obtain both personal and political freedom.
Price
Free
Location
Online
Wordplay 2021 Sense of Adventure
Date
Time
9 a.m.-10 a.m.
She Persisted
Join beloved children's authors and heroes in their own right as they tell true stories about women who have persisted. With Meg Medina on Sonia Sotomayor, Syayntani DasGupta on Virginia Apgar, Michelle Knudsen on Nellie Bly, and Chelsea Clinton on Harriet Tubamn, these stories will help cultivate and inspire the young people in your life to persist.
Wordplay 2021 She Persisted Final
Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Intercontinental Series featuring Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon presents Sorrowland: A Novel as a genre-bending work of Gothic fiction in which family, identity, and brutality are all put to the test.

Artists
Price
Free
Location
Online
Wordplay 2021 Rivers Solomon
Date
Time
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Poems on Demand with Bill Meissner

Want a free personalized poem, typed on demand? Bill Meissner will spontaneously write a short, free verse, upbeat poem for anyone who requests one, and he’ll send it to you via email. You can suggest a subject for him or choose from one of his favorite topics: water/oceans/lakes, dreams, travel, writing/creating, or his favorite sport, baseball.

Artists
Price
Free
Location
Online
Bill Meissner Poems on Demand
Date
Time
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
West x Midwest Present Alison Bechdel in conversation with Cheryl Strayed

The long and complicated history of workout crazes in the US—from the Thighmaster, to Nordictrack, to Peloton and Soul Cycle—have created a culture that chases fads over facts. And Alison Bechdel, iconic, award-winning graphic memoirst, has not been immune to the promises. But in her quest for superhuman strength, Bechdel’s journey leads her to another muscle: the heart. And then turns towards the ultimate flex: letting her brain guide her. Join her and fellow soul-seeker Cheryl Strayed as they discuss Bechdel’s latest graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength.

Price
Free
Location
Online
Wordplay 2021 Bechdel Strayed
Date
Time
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Girls grow up hearing stories about what a woman “should” be. These authors are done hearing stories told about themselves—they’re writing their own, and questioning who’s been narrating up until now.
Price
Free
Location
Online
Wordplay 2021 Fetch the Bolt Cutters