Literary Arts

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts engages writers and readers in a variety of ways!

Susan Steger Welsch

Reading Series

The second Friday evening of each month, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts hosts a free reading series. The 2014 Reading Series Curator Becca Barniskis invites published and professional writers to come and share their writing with those who wish to attend these free events.  These readings take place at BLCA and begin at 7:30 pm.

The September reading takes place at the Art at Rice Creek festival on Sunday, September 14 and will invite Patricia Barone and Faith Sullivan to read from the pavilion stage.  They are scheduled from 11:20 am to 12 pm as part of a full day of activities celebrating the arts.

Friday, October 10 will feature Matt Burgess and Miss Terri Ford.

The November 14 event will have Jim Moore and Patricia Weaver Francisco share their writing with attendees.

The 2014 series is named the “Dirty Hands Reading Series” and specifically features writers whose work addresses the world with immediacy and sharp edges. Discover new voices as well as new writings and new ways of reading and presenting poetry, prose, and ideas. These will be interactive events as Becca invites audience response and facilitates a lively exchange between writers and readers.  If you are interested in being considered as a reader at this series, please email Becca at

Practice Writing Group

Each Tuesday, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, a group of writers come together at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts for a facilitated time to exercise the act of writing. Prompts are provided; this format is perfect for any type of writer and any ability. New in 2014 Practice Writing is offered on the second Thursday evening of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All sessions are free to attend and participate. No sign up needed; just stop on by.


The 2014 Writer-in-Residence is Paula Cisewski, Minneapolis based poet and educator.  In addition to a stipend, Paula has space in the Banfill building to work on her own writing and projects. She also facilitates the NorthWords Writers group for the year. For more information, visit this link.

NorthWords Writers

The NorthWords Writers meet together monthly to critique each other’s work.  The meetings are facilitated by Paula Cisewski, the Writer-in-Residence.  NorthWords meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm.  Interested writers can attend the group once at no cost, but after the initial visit there is a $50 annual fee in addition to regular membership with BLCA.  Questions about the fee or the group can be addressed to