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 an extension of Saint Ben's commitment to creativity and the arts. Writing is central to the liberal arts, and creative writing has always flourished at the College. The Literary Arts Institute was established in 1997 as part of Saint Benedict's tradition of supporting writing in all forms, to create connections to publishing on a local and national level, and to promote interactions between students and writers.

Signature Programs

Writers Writing

Through partnerships with Graywolf Press and others, LAI is able to bring writers together with readers on campus, in the Twin Cities, and beyond. LAI enables nationally-recognized authors to visit the College, promotes literary events, and holds summer conferences such as Inside Books.  LAI also supports publications through the Sister Mariella Gable Book Award, which is an award given each year to an important work of literature published by the Graywolf Press.

Welle Book Arts Studio

The Book Arts Studio works with courses in editing, publishing, history, art, and English at CSB to bring written words to life.  Here, students can learn the fine art of letter press and paper making.  The studio also creates limited-run and unique broadsides for most writers visiting the campus.

Writers at Home

LAI's partnerships extend beyond the borders of Minnesota and the United States through the Writers at Home program, where the Institute partners with the Office for Education Abroad to bring CSB/SJU students together with writers from their host countries. LAI seeks to provide CSB/SJU students on the 20 semester long study abroad programs with an opportunity to experience their host country's culture though literature.

Contact Us

Mark Conway, Director
College of Saint Benedict
Benedicta Arts Center
37 South College Ave
St. Joseph, MN 56374

(320) 363-5399

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