The Almanac needs your support!
The Saint Paul Almanac is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to bring the diverse Saint Paul community together and support local literacy through an experiment in democratic publishing. This mission is primarily accomplished through collaborative decision-making in publication activities, public readings, and mentorships.
Every year the Saint Paul Almanac publishes a new almanac showcasing the literary talent of Saint Paul. The current almanac includes 120 writers of all stripes: professional, emerging, and amateur. With distribution at over 55 locations, the Saint Paul Almanac is a mechanism by which a broad cross-section of Saint Paul residents has a media vehicle with wide local distribution for expressions of literature, local history, and civic engagement.
Together with publishing the annual Saint Paul Almanac book, there is a book-release celebration each year and Saint Paul Almanac author readings, Celebration through Stories, in multiple venues across the city with over 500 attendees.
We sponsor the Lowertown Reading Jam Series, where established and emerging Saint Paul authors and spoken word artists curate a themed reading and invite other writers/artists to join in the event.
We also support and mentor 21 Saint Paul residents each year as community editors. These editors reach into their personal communities to gather Saint Paul poems and stories and determine collectively what goes in the Saint Paul Almanac. They learn much about the intricacies of the publication process and are able to bring those practical publication skills to other organizations and communities they are involved with.
An annual Saint Paul Almanac writing contest is also conducted with Saint Paul Public School middle and high school students, and the winners are published each year in the Saint Paul Almanac. All writers, curators, photographers, and community editors are paid.
At the heart of the Saint Paul Almanac is the opportunity of Saint Paul residents to be published alongside such Saint Paul literary icons as Gordon Parks, Garrison Keillor, and Meridel LeSueur. This intertwining of professional writers with nonprofessional community voices, including new immigrant voices through the Minnesota Literacy Center, reflects the Saint Paul Almanac's understanding that art and the recognition of artists is inseparable from the soul of a community.
Our important work promoting writing and reading in Saint Paul needs your support. Donations to the Saint Paul Almanac are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers, and will help in all areas of our work.