Literary Boroughs

The Literary Boroughs series will explore little-known and well-known literary communities across the country and world and show that while literary culture can exist online without regard to geographic location, it also continues to thrive locally. The series will run on our blog from May 2012 until AWP13 in Boston (OUR literary borough).

Ann Arbor, MI

Asheville, NC

Asilah, Morocco

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Berkeley, CA

Berlin, Germany

Boston, MA, Part 1, Part 2

Brooklyn, NY

Buffalo, NY

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Columbia, MO

Denton, TX

Denver, CO

Dublin, Ireland

Evanston, IL

Ghent, Belgium

Great Falls, MT

Indianapolis, IN

Iowa City, IA

Ithaca, NY

Kansas City, MO

Laramie, WY

Lexington, KY

Lisbon, Portugal

Los Angeles, CA

Madison, WI

Madrid, Spain

Mexico City, Mexico

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Montpelier, VT

Montreal, Canada

New Orleans, LA

Nottingham, UK

Omaha, NE

Oneonta, NY

Ottawa, Canada

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Portsmouth, NH

Prague, Czech Republic

Reno/Lake Tahoe, NV

Richmond, VA

Sacramento, CA

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Part 1Part 2

Seattle, WA

St. Louis, MO

Stone Town, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Toronto, Canada

Verona, NJ

Washington, DC

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  5. Did you mean Evanston, Illinois instead of Evanstown?

  6. JT Ellison says:

    Great series! I notice you haven’t planned a piece on Nashville, and include this link, a quick guide to Nashville’s vibrant literary scene as a jumping off point.

  7. Silas says:

    I’m disappointed that Columbus, Ohio never ended up on this list–there’s a thriving literary community here.

    • Andrea Martucci says:

      Hi Silas,

      Unfortunately we had to end the series somewhere, otherwise it could literally go on forever. The ones that we did feature were chosen because someone contacted me to write about them, not because they “made the cut” and others didn’t. There are definitely places that we didn’t feature that have great literary scenes. Hope that explains it!


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  9. Maybe someday San Diego will make the list!

  10. Surely Taos and Sante Fe should be included, even if there are other pockets you had to leave out. That’s not one of the ones you just decide, Oh well, we can’t include everything. Also a great opportunity to add more diversity.

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