In early 2008, an email discussion about the literary scenes in New York and San Francisco led Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl to joke that Litquake alums (and New York residents) Todd Zuniga and Suzanne Russo should start a Litquake in New York.

Eight months later the first Lit Crawl NYC rocked New York, with lit lovers crawling from the Lower East Side to the East Village to Williamsburg. Crawlers he…ard from poets, comics, and writers. They re-enacted interviews at BOMB-aoke, watched writers face off at a Literary Death Match, and sat in on political debate. And they loved it so much they spurred an annual event.

Lit Crawl now draws hundreds of readers, writers, and revelers to crawl through the East Village and the Lower East Side, listening to writers, playing literary trivia, and celebrating New York’s spirited and diverse literary community.

Lit Crawl NYC celebrates the artistic heritage of the East Village and holds events at local mainstays like the Bowery Poetry Club, Gallery Bar, and KGB. Regular literary participants include the Paris Review, BOMB Magazine, and Granta.