Loft Literary Center Begins New Executive Director Search
May 1, 2007
Linda Myers, the Minneapolis-based Literary Center’s Executive Director since 1994, has announced her retirement. She will step down in October of this year.
“This is a good time for me to go,” said Myers, who described her time at the Loft as “the most satisfying job of my life. The organization is on a sound footing, and is embarking on a new strategic plan that I am very excited about. But I will turn 60 this fall and I am also excited about embarking on a new strategic plan for the next chapter of my own life.”
Under Myers’s leadership, the Loft has become one of the country’s preeminent literary centers, serving more than 6,000 writers this past year, and attracting more than 10,000 people to Loft-sponsored events. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “During her 13-year tenure, the Loft’s annual operating budget grew from $500,000 per year to $2 million, and writing course offerings tripled, from 100 classes and seminars to more than 300 per year.” Publishers Weekly, in 2005, named Myers as the single most influential person in the Twin Cities in determining which books become regional bestsellers.