Local nonprofit Keep St. Pete Lit to open headquarters in Warehouse Arts District

Keep St. Pete Lit should be celebrated every damn day. The nonprofit organization, founded by poet  and arts advocate Maureen McDole, has absolutely ignited the literary scene in the Sunshine City.

From hosting poetry and prose open mics, to offering creative writing workshops, Keep St. Pete Lit has provided imaginative residents with a platform to explore their dreams. This blogger couldn’t be more grateful for all that the organization has done, and continues to do.

A space for the literary arts

The minds behind the dynamic Factory St. Pete concept announced on Instagram that Keep St. Pete Lit would join the massive hub in 2020. KSPLit will move its headquarters into The Factory, where the nonprofit will enjoy meeting spaces and classrooms to help expand its programming.

“Keep St. Pete Lit has partnered with Behar + Peteranecz Architecture the last three years for our SunLit Literary Festival,” said Keep St. Pete Lit Founder Maureen McDole. “A little over a year ago they also offered us dedicated desk space and use of their facilities. During this time we watched the idea of The Factory being born, and we are honored to have been asked to be a part of their brainchild.”

This announcement follows a similar exciting revelation that will feature a 6,000-square-foot multi-purpose space ideal for weekend markets, pop-ups, and rehearsals. If you have a concept you’d like to have pop up in the space, shoot an email over to kara@thefactorystpete.com. 

Tons of programming throughout the ‘Burg

Currently Keep St. Pete Lit hosts a poetry open mic the last Wednesday of every month at the Studio@620.

The second Tuesday of every month KSPLit joins The Metta Center of St. Pete for a silent reading and writing party.

Keep St. Pete Lit’s programming doesn’t end there. The organization runs a monthly book club at The Museum of Fine Arts. The next event is set for December 12. Club members will discuss Five Days Gone by Laura Cumming.

Slew of local concepts debuting soon

Daddy Kool Records and Black Crow Coffee have also been announced for The Factory St. Pete in 2020. This is in addition to Barley Commons and Fairgrounds, a totally immersive art exhibition.

The Factory St. Pete is located in the Warehouse Arts District at 2788 Fairfield Avenue South.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.