College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute
Serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (LAI) is a natural outgrowth of Saint Ben's enduring commitment to creativity and the arts. Writing is central to the liberal arts, and creative writing in particular has flourished at the College since its founding. The Literary Arts Institute was established in 1997 to augment Saint Benedict's tradition of supporting writing in all its forms, to forge connections to publishing on a local and national level, and to promote interactions between students and writers. The institute serves both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
LAI brings nationally-recognized authors to the College through Writers Writing, promotes literary events, holds summer conferences such as Inside Books, supports publications through the Sister Mariella Gable Book Award, and encourages the artistry of fine letterpress in the Welle Book Arts Studio. On the strength of innovative partnerships with Graywolf Press and others, LAI is able to bring writers together with readers on campus, in the Twin Cities, and beyond.
These partnerships extend beyond the borders of Minnesota and the United States, as the Institute partners with the Office for Education Abroad to bring CSB/SJU students together with writers from their host countries through Writers at Home. LAI seeks to provide CSB/SJU students on the 20 semester long study abroad programs with such an opportunity to experience their host country's culture though literature.