Writers
Featuring: Lauren Redniss

Featuring: Lauren Redniss

This interview with Lauren Redniss originally appeared on the LAIP in 2012. Today we are thrilled to present an interview with Lauren Redniss, artist, author, educator, and creator of the book Radioactive Marie and Pierre Curie: a Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books, 2010). I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the committee that selected...
National Novel Writing Month At the Library

National Novel Writing Month At the Library

Can you believe it’s mid-October already? That means there’s only a couple of weeks before the kickoff to National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), which challenges participants (known as “Wrimos”) to track their word counts and get to 50,000 words in a mere 30 days! Libraries are fantastic community partners for this program, through NaNoWriMo’s...
Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas. He is a regular contributor to the LAIP, where he writes about innovative library arts programming and projects. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Bryan Voell Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project pretty much epitomizes library-initiated collaborative creativity. We...
Out of the Library: Teen Writers Sleepaway Camp

Out of the Library: Teen Writers Sleepaway Camp

This post was originally published on August 26, 2013.  Frequently with this project I get downright envious of the children, young adults, and adults that get to participate in certain library programs. The project highlighted here is one of those. When Heather Dickerson, a staff member at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena, Montana,...
A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia

A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia

We love to hear about arts-incubating programs that were inspired by programs or ideas shared on the Library as Incubator Project, such as the Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia, an all-girl international boarding school in Korea. The teacher-librarian, Taryn Berghuis, got the idea in part from the PoeTree installation at Lawrence Public Library....
Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

Loading the Cannons: May the Fourth Be With You

This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura by Heather Dickerson “May the Fourth Be With You!”...
Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

Parachute Literary Arts Poetry on the Wonder Wheel

In 2013 we featured a writeup about the poetry libraries sponsored by Parachute Literary Arts, which “celebrates poetry in Coney Island and strives to make poetry available to Coney Island’s neighborhood. Parachute Literary Arts believes poetry, like a parachute, can be a lifesaving tool, hence the name. In pursuit of our mission, we enrich our historic community in three ways:...
Featuring: Erico Ortiz and "Making It Speak: Poets & Artists in Cahoots!"

Featuring: Erico Ortiz and “Making It Speak: Poets & Artists in Cahoots!”

Today we’re thrilled to present an interview with Erico Ortiz, a creative artist in Wisconsin, who tells us today about his relationship to libraries and a wonderful poetry + visual art project he produced with other poets and artists last year. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Introduce yourself! Who are you, and what sort of...
Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

Loading the Cannons: Guest Authors at Teen Writing Groups

This is a post written by Heather Dickerson, Teen Services Librarian for the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her series for the LAIP, “Loading the Cannons,” Heather tackles the question “what to do with young adults in a creative writing workshop?” Enjoy! ~ Laura by Heather Dickerson I love any opportunity to bring...
Featuring: Ray Hsu

Featuring: Ray Hsu

This post was originally published on December 21, 2011. Ray Hsu (UW-Madison PhD 2008) is a rockstar who happens to write books. Ray is author of Anthropy (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award; finalist for the Trillium Book Award in Poetry) and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon (winner of an Alcuin Award). At last count he has published over 150...
Giving thanks

Giving thanks

It is Thanksgiving Day in the USA. Today I have two short poems to share with you. These were written “in tandem” by Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, the bike-riding poets who I had the pleasure to meet this summer and offer up a single word as their poetic starting point. The word: Library. Wishing all...
Add a "Come Write In" program to your fall calendar

Add a “Come Write In” program to your fall calendar

A chilly couple of days this weekend provided a harsh reminder that fall is here, and November, a.k.a., National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, is just about six weeks away. With hundreds of thousands of writers, or Wrimos, participating in NaNoWriMo (668,953 in 2013!!), the organizers rely on community institutions to host programs to invite Wrimos...