What is LitSeen.org?
LitSeen.org is devoted to the literary happenings in and around the Twin Cities–readings, book releases, soirees, various goings-on . . . . What you won’t find here is a listing of upcoming events: there are other, better sites for that (see the Twin Cities Literary Calendar over at Rain Taxi) and you won’t see a listing of deadlines and awards (see the Undeadlines Page at Hazel & Wren). What you’ll find here is coverage of and reactions to the various events that go on in town. If you were there, weigh in! Send us your two cents at LitSeen.MPLS@gmail.com.
We look forward to sharing our reflections on the many, varied literary events that go on in the Twin Cities. See you out and about!
What’s our Mission?
LitSeen.org’s mission is to provide an inclusive arena for discussion about the Twin Cities book scene, with an eye toward literary events. LitSeen.org aims to act as a conduit between the many and distinct literary resources available to readers, writers, and audiences in the Twin Cities. By recapping, reviewing, and reflecting upon literary events, LitSeen.org offers an opportunity for audiences, performers, and participants to discuss their Twin Cities literary experience, and to celebrate with others the riches of this community.
Who runs LitSeen?
LitSeen was created and is maintained by Robert Martin and Stephanie Shockley in April, 2012, and features reviews by regular contributors and a variety of local lit lovers.
Robert Martin is a native of Portland, Oregon, hikes a lot, plays music with Complexes, and writes all over the place. He is currently the executive assistant with the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and an associate editor at Rain Taxi Review of Books. You can follow him at @Lettters.
Stephanie Shockley is a native of Minnesota and a graduate of Carleton College. She has taught English in South Korea, worked with Twin Cities literary staples like Graywolf Press and Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and loves exploring the relationship between education and the literary. Stephanie is a kindergarten literacy tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps, and is currently working towards a K-12 ESL license and masters degree at Hamline University.
Anastasia Scott grew up working in her best friend’s family-owned bookstore in northern Minnesota’s lake country. She received her BA in English from the University of Minnesota and has spent the last three years working in the Twin Cities publishing community. Anastasia works as a publicist at Free Spirit Publishing, an educational children’s publisher in the North Loop. When not attending bookish events, she can usually be found having happy hour with bookish people.
We love books. We love the people who write, publish, and distribute them. We love supporting these people. Most of all, we love that you love this too.