College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute

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.

Please join us for our award-winning authors coming to campus during the 2019-2020 school year!

The Literary Arts Institute is happy to welcome authors Chris Abani and Shena McAuliffe to our campus Fall 2019. Abani is an international voice on humanitarianism while Shena McAuliffe has been published in Conjuctions, Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, True Story, and elsewhere. 

Sister Mariella Gable Award Winner 2019-2020

This coming Spring 2020, we welcome our 2019-2020 Sister Mariella Gable Award Winner Sally Wen Mao for her work Oculus. She will be in residence February 2-5, 2020, with a public reading February 4, 2020. 

McNeely Creative Writer in Residence

The Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict introduces the first McNeely Creative Writer in Residence, Susan Steinberg, who will be in residence on campus from March 9 through April 3, 2020. For more information, click here

Mary Dana Hinton, CSB President

"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."