"We don't want boring. snooze-fest people. We rely on our community to tell us, "'I just saw so-and-so and she was amazing,'" she told Boise Weekly
about how she and Cabin personnel select literary speakers during her "Citizen
" interview in August 2014.
Now, she's returning to her home state of Minnesota to accept the executive directorship of a similar organization, the Loft Literary Center
in Minneapolis, Minn. In January, the Loft's former executive director Jocelynn Hale announced that she would begin a sabbatical year in August, triggering a nationwide search for a new ED.
"I'm excited to start my tenure at the Loft in such a unique way," she said in a Loft press release issued
Wednesday. "It's especially fun because I get to celebrate the Loft's 40th birthday the same year I'm celebrating my own."
Udesen will make her first appearance at the Loft at its 40th anniversary celebration that will feature 40 Loft events in 40 hours running Friday-Saturday, Aug. 21-22.
Britt Udesen, executive director of The Cabin Literary Center, has had a brief but exciting tenure here in Boise. Since moving to the City of Trees to take The Cabin's helm in March 2013, she has overseen the Boise literary center's education programs for writerly youths and brought to Boise literati like Sherman Alexie and Junot Diaz.