After 26 Years, Virginia Kress is Retiring and the Store is Closing

To My Valued Friends and Customers

It is with both sadness and excitement that as of Saturday, August 31 I am formally announcing my retirement and the closing of The Readers Loft.

These past 26 years have brought so much joy I don’t even know how to properly express it. Not just the books themselves but all the people that have come into my life as a result; customers, authors and co-workers alike. My goal from the beginning was to create a haven from the frantic world we all find ourselves living in. I hope you have found over the years that The Reader’s Loft was a place of refuge and peace for you. From our book clubs to writing circles to poetry readings I hope you have also found nourishment for your mind and soul. I will miss you all!

On a more positive note, Amy will be opening a new bookstore created in her own vision on
Washington Street in downtown Green Bay. While her store Lion’s Mouth will offer the same
basic services as our current store, the setting will be a bit more contemporary. We hope you
will all continue your patronage of our local independent bookstore.

Thank you for your support over the years.
All the best,
Virginia Kress

HOTT Poetry Night

Andrew Linskens

Andrew has been creating artistic magic for over 15 years. Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in graphic design and fine arts. An award winning artist, Andrew is extremely talented. His eclectic body of work ranges from 2D/3D animation, special effects, cinematography, editing and post production to illustration, sculpture and painting.



Nathan J. Reid

Nathan J. Reid is a spoken word poet whose work has appeared in several publications, including Bramble Lit Magazine and Wisconsin People & Ideas. He is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, board member for the Council for Wisconsin Writers, former senior editor for the Wisconsin Review, and host of The Reid Poetry Hour (an annual show) on WORT 89.9 FM. His collection, Thoughts on Tonight, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press and his full-length collection, Persistence of Perception, will be released in 2020. This September, he will be curating and emceeing The Constitutional Cabaret at The Draw, in Appleton, a poetry performance put on in partnership with Poetry Unlocked. Learn more about him at    


Event date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2069 Central Court
Suite 44
Green Bay, WI 54311