The aim of The LOFT is to promote excellence in writing, to provide community outreach and continuing support for writers, and to help writers become published. We are dedicated to making a positive impact in the literary arts community of Rhode Island and beyond. Our creative writers, volunteers and guest authors provide the inspiration and momentum to learn our craft and share it with others.
Created in 2008, The Poetry Loft has evolved since those early days, consistently growing and developing, all thanks to the dedicated writers of our amazing literary community!
The LOFT has produced and collaborated on many wonderful literary projects, bringing the literary arts community together in inspiring ways. A warm nod goes to the Origami Poems Project developed by Jan Keough and Lynnie Gobielle at a Poetry Loft workshop, inspired by a writing prompt given by award-winning poet Barbara Schweitzer.
Past LOFT projects include: "Authors on Art" at URI's Feinstein Gallery, Writing Across Rhode Island, The Loft Poetry Prize, The Loft Anthology, The Loft Chapbook Awards, New England Poetry and Art Gala, Manuscript Consultations, Poetry Loft Press publications, book launch and award readings for both adults and teens, among others. We have been honored to work with you!
Beatrice Lazarus, Founder/ Director
On various projects, we have been honored to work with so many LOFT friends, including the following esteemed associates and teachers, among others:
Jane Lunin Perel
Noreen Inglesi /Notable Works
The Poetry LOFT, PO Box 8235, Cranston, RI 02920
Special thanks to all the many appreciated Volunteers/Donors, including (partial list):
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