Literary Places

This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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The Last Bookstore Los Angeles California

The Last Bookstore is an independent operation that is home to various literary and art shows, and serves as a haven for the...

The Loft Literary Center Minneapolis Minnesota

Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsoring...

The Morgan Library & Museum New York New York

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (...

The Mother Colony House Anaheim California

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built...

The Mount Lenox Massachusetts

Built and designed by Edith Wharton in 1902, The Mount is both a historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions of the American...

The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division New York New York

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and...

The Ninth Street Book Shop Wilmington Delaware

Established in 1977 by Delaware school teachers Jack and Gemma Buckley, the Ninth Street Book Shop is a family-owned independent bookstore...

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe New York New York

Founded in the early 1970s, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet...

The Old Manse Concord Massachusetts

Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political,...

The Poetry Foundation Chicago Illinois

The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building houses a 30,000 volume poetry library (which...