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Brooklyn: May 18, 2013

Phase 1: 5:00 – 5:45 PM


1. Getting Personal with A Public Space

A Public Space (All Ages)

323 Dean Street

A reading with A Public Space and Graywolf authors, including John Haskell, Brett Fletcher Lauer, J. Robert Lennon, Fiona Maazel, and others.


2. One Teen Story: Celebrate NYC’s Teen Writers!

Nunu Chocolates (All Ages)

529 Atlantic Avenue

Join One Teen Story for the launch of its annual fiction contest, with readings from contributors and area teens, plus tips for submitting your work from the editors.


3. You Are Not Alone with Lost Lit

Grumpy Bert (All Ages)

82 Bond Street

Somewhere between birth & death (call it life), you’re in darkness. Sarah Manning, Justin Goldman, Theresa Navarro, and Katherine Preston unveil the hidden truth: You Are NOT Alone.


Phase 2: 6:15 – 7:00 PM


4. Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Talks Unlikable Characters

Brooklyn Buschenschank

320 Court Street

Sackett Street writers Jamel Brinkley, Roxane Gay, Alex Gilvarry, Jenny Zhang, and Marissa Levien celebrate the tragically (and comically) flawed with readings, trivia and giveaways.


5. Monkey Business: Monkeying Around in Japan

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen (All Ages)

271 Smith Street

Japanamerica author Roland Kelts and Yoko Sawai of The Hard Nips host readings and performances from the English edition of the acclaimed Japanese literary magazine, Monkey Business.


6. Liars’ League: Yet More Lies

People’s Republic of Brooklyn (PRB) (21+)

247 Smith Street

Three favorite stories taken from the archives of Liars’ League NYC, the monthly reading series featuring original short fiction read by professional actors.


7. Prompt. Write. Share. Rinse. Repeat. Write-In with Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Ceol (21+)

191 Smith Street

Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s Melissa Petro invites you to lose your literary anxiety and pick up a pen. Three writing prompts will be provided.


8. Vol. 1 Brooklyn: Five Minute Tales of Freelance Terror  

Camp (21+)

179 Smith Street

Vol. 1 Brooklyn calls together six readers to tell five-minute stories of late paychecks, stolen ideas, and other writer heartbreaks.


9. Down the Rabbit Hole with Out of Print Clothing

Musician’s General Store (All Ages)

177 Smith Street

Join Out of Print in Wonderland! We’ll play Literary Celebrity – part charades, part password, all fun. Surprises await.


10. The Lost & Found Show: Underwear!

Boat Bar (21+)

175 Smith Street

Hold on to your tights! The Lost & Found Show brings its naughty “Underwear” edition to Lit Crawl, featuring confessions from the lives of authors, bloggers, and burlesque stars.


11. Sing Along with PEN!

BookCourt (All Ages)

163 Court Street

PEN Members and writers-turned-singers Elliott Holt, Alina Simone, and Leigh Stein belt out their favorite songs and field questions and requests. From ‘80s Cold War paranoia to ‘80s pop, relive your favorite childhood classics. 


Phase 3: 7:15 – 8:00 PM

 12. Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Circus Cabaret

Ceol (21+)

191 Smith Street

Ringleaders Max March-Steinman and Diana Norma Szokolyai host a night of high-flying, interactive writing acrobatics drawing from literary treasure boxes of prompts, dialogue, and other surprises.


13. Bernice Eats Brooklyn

Last Exit (21+)

136 Atlantic Avenue

Experience the selected works of the Oh, Bernice! Reading Series, with Peter Vanderberg, Deborah Fried-Rubin, Rajiv Mohabir, and John Reid Currie. Hosted by Jolie Hale.  


14. Tin House Hosts Fighting Words Trivia!

The Brazen Head (21+)

228 Atlantic Avenue

We’ll incite rivalries and rub salt in wounds with a trivia game about literary feuds and insults. Prizes galore!


15. SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Slam

BookCourt (All Ages)

163 Court Street

Storytellers each tell a Six-Word Memoir, followed by a backstory, in six minutes. An audience participation Six-Word Slam follows—with prizes.


16. NY Writers Coalition Poetry Heroes

Urban Folk Art Gallery (All Ages)

99-101 Smith Street (door at Brooklyn Tattoo)

NY Writers Coalition presents Michael Cirelli, Angel Nafis, and Jon Sands: poets who inspire us for their poetic bravery, innovation, and dedication to honest dialogue.


17. Rough Magic

Micro Museum (All Ages)

123 Smith Street

Join Rough Magic, the five-piece band (Cornelius Eady, Robin Messing, Emma Alabaster, Concetta Abbate, Charlie Rauh, and Leo Ferguson) in the zone where spoken word and song craft kiss.


18. My Apocalypse with Sock Monkey Press

Boat Bar (21+)

175 Smith Street

If the world were going to end, how would you want to go? We bring the apocalypses of 3 authors and 78 RPM atomic bomb songs.


19. Queens College MFA Program Presents: Queens Transfer

Recession Art (All Ages)

47 Bergen Street

Join Queens College MFA candidates Mike Baugh, Faye Sakellaridis, Olivia Mammone, Gabriel Cabrera, and Eric Becker as they take readers across a literary and geographic expanse.


20. Armchair/Shotgun’s Old-Timey Radio Show

61 Local (All Ages)

61 Bergen Street

Armchair/Shotgun performs a radio drama. Live! On Stage! “With Sound Effects and Everything!” It’s the Armchair/Shotgun Old-Timey Radio Hour. (Or rather, 45 Minutes…)


After Party

8 p.m. on

61 Local (All Ages)

61 Bergen Street

FREE, Open to all Crawlers