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).

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Ithaca, NY
Berkeley, CA
Brooklyn, NY
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Part 1, Part 2
Buffalo, NY
Omaha, NE
Washington, DC
Asheville, NC
Columbia, Missouri
Portsmouth, NH
Verona, NJ
Great Falls, Montana
Iowa City
Los Angeles
Kansas City
Nottingham, UK
Ghent, Belgium
Madrid, Spain
Stone Town, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Chicago, IL
Evanston, IL
Atlanta, Georgia
Berlin, Germany
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Laramie, WY
Lisbon, Portugal
Reno/Lake Tahoe, NV
Richmond, VA
Montpelier, VT
Pittsburgh, PA
Baltimore, MD
Ann Arbor, MI
Portland, OR
Denver, CO
Dublin, Ireland
Toronto, Canada
Denton, TX
Lexington, KY
Oneonta, NY
Sacramento, CA
Cleveland, OH
New Orleans, LA
Seattle, WA
Ottawa, Canada
Montreal, Canada
St. Louis, MO


11 Responses to Literary Boroughs

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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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