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College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute

Serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Mission Statement

College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute serving the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (LAI) is a unique organization, founded in 1997, to foster creative writing, publishing, and interaction between students and writers. LAI brings nationally recognized authors to the college for a visiting writers series (Writers Writing), promotes literary events, holds conferences (Inside Books), supports publications (S. Mariella Gable Prize), and encourages the artistry of fine letterpress (Welle Book Arts Studio). With its local and national partners, such as Graywolf Press, LAI is able to bring writers and their work together with readers on campus, in Minnesota, and beyond.

Signature Programs

Writers Writing

Writers at Home

Welle Book Arts Studio

Sister Mariella Gable Series


"The written word has come under tremendous pressure in this digital era. Our students now must move deftly between virtual and physical texts, between brief, fleeting messages and powerful, enduring literature. Writing has been at the center of the liberal arts tradition at the College of Saint Benedict since our founding and we remain committed to educating students in the twin arts of reading and writing...The Literary Arts Institute stands as a vital expression of our century-long history of promoting the very finest in scholarship and the arts."

- Mary Dana Hinton, CSB President


Join us for a special event featuring collaborative artists
Susan Stewart, Ann Hamilton & Michael Mercil

Collaborative Performance
Sunday, March 19, 4 pm
Alumnae Hall HCC

In a collaborative performance, Susan Stewart and Ann Hamilton present their pieces "Channel" and "Mirror" along with other works.

Also join us for a special screening of the film "Covenant" by Michael Mercil and a discussion with the three artists about collaboration among artists of different mediums.  

Public Reading March 21, 7:00 PM, Gorecki 204A

Susan Stewart is a former MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and served recently as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. A critic as well as a poet, she is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. Cinder: New and Selected Poems gathers for the first time poetry from across her thirty-five years of writing and is this year's recipient of the Sister Mariella Gable Award. 

For more information about Susan Stewart and her work visit her site.