In a hyper-local and community-oriented way, the annual Saint Paul Almanac book is a people’s meeting space for sharing the stories and poems of our city. The Almanac celebrates and documents the city’s history and diversity; its creative forces; its residents’ memories and current experiences; and the ever-changing urban landscape. Through reading each other’s stories and poems we learn from and build new connections with each other.
In 2015, we engaged 2,200 readers, 875 audience members, 163 community writers, 76 civic groups and businesses, and 24 community editors.
Before the Saint Paul Almanac, no publication existed that offered the opportunity for so many residents and writers to contribute their voices each year to a publication and to have that writing be read by so many Saint Paulites through our large local distribution and sales channels. This year, over forty local bookstores, coffee shops, gift shops, and grocery stores sell the Saint Paul Almanac. We sold over 2,000 2015 Saint Paul Almanac books.
Saint Paul is recognized as one of the most literate cities in the country, and the residents of the city of Saint Paul and Saint Paul visitors are our target audiences. We focus on engaging Saint Paul youth by encouraging them to be community editors.