2017 Schedule

Phase 1 – 6-6:45 p.m.

Dystopian Fiction

Hotel Sorrento 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104 (all ages)

Start your evening off with a dive into Dystopia. Enjoy readings by three authors whose diverse works find a home under dystopian fiction’s wide net. Authors include: Apple Plotnick Jannotta, Lynn Adams, and Johanna Stoberock.

Jack Straw: Authors of Nonfiction

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave. (under 21 with adult/chaperone)

Since 1997, the Jack Straw Writers Program introduced local writers to the medium of recorded audio, developed their presentation skills, encouraged the creation of new literary work, provided new venues for the writers and their work. Join Jack Straw nonfiction writers Catalina Marie Cantú, Hera McLeod, and D.A. Navoti.

Booktober: Literary Fortune Telling

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. (21+ downstairs)

What good books await you in the days and months ahead? Librarians David and Andrea peer into your reading future, with the aid of the tarot. Pick a card, reveal your literary fate!

Lunch Ticket: Repas Gratuit

Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge, 927 9th Ave. (21+)

Join fiction and creative nonfiction writers Amber Wong, Emma Margraf, and Ari Rosenschein of Lunch Ticket, the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University that encourages submissions from underrepresented and marginalized artists and writers.

Poetry Northwest

Ollie Quinn 910 E Pike St, Seattle, WA (all ages)

As one of the region’s oldest literary magazines (established 1959), Poetry Northwest publishes the best in contemporary poetry — exploring the intersection of poetry and the other arts and sciences, enhancing the role that poetry plays in enriching public discourse and maintaining a purposeful quality of life. Authors Include: Sarah María Medina, JM Miller, Ellen Welcker

Robots, Ray Guns, and Self-saving Princesses

Saint John’s Bar and Eatery 719 E. Pike Street Seattle, WA 98122 (21+)

Science Fiction takes over St. John’s as these three authors start off the night with a reading of speculative fiction that includes robots, ray guns, self saving princesses and more. Authors include: Cat Rambo, Camille Griep, and Caren Gussoff Sumption

Seattle Urban Book Expo Author Showcase

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. (all ages)

Show support for Seattle’s only book expo for authors of color, the Seattle Urban Book Expo. This past summer marked the second year of SUBE, and Lit Crawl is excited to welcome authors Kristin Alana, Kamari Bright, Natasha Rivers, & Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II to highlight the range of talent on display at Seattle’s newest annual literary event. Hosted by Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II.

Sneak Peek 

Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.  (21+)

What’s in store for the Seattle lit scene? Come and listen as Bill Carty, Melinda Muller, and Becca Hall share fromt their upcoming books.

Lost in Translation

Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E. (all ages)

 Earlier this year, author Kathleen Flinn learned that the Japanese translation of one of her books had become a national bestseller in Japan. To explore how this happened, Flinn will host a conversation with her Kyoto-based translator, Riko Murai, and Tokyo editor, Rie Tanaka. Both will share their experiences (via Skype). 

An Evening with Toni Yuly

Office Nomads 1617 Boylston Ave Seattle WA 98122 (all ages)

Join Toni Yuly for an evening of children’s literature that crosses mediums as she discusses her designs, writing, and one informs the other. As an artist who enjoys crossing mediums, learn about her inspirations, influences, and more at this All-Ages Lit Crawl event.

 Trust Issues: Lit Crawl Edition

The Runaway 1425 10th Ave Seattle WA 98122 (21+)

A special Lit Crawl live taping of Trust Issues, a podcast about facts gone wrong. Each week, we go down an online rabbit hole discovering a fake story, and try to understand why people believe it’s true. Sydney Brownstone & Heidi Groover host.

Absurdist Cocktail Hour

Barca 1510 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 (21+)

Begin your Lit Crawl with three authors who render the fantastic commonplace and the ordinary extraordinary. Things may get weird. With readings from James Smith, Matthew Spencer, and Joshua Rothes.

Till Writers Reading

The Highline 210 Broadway E. Seattle WA 98102 (21+)

Gather for readings by Tara Atkinson, Summer Karaskova, and Rachel Kessler, three rad women affiliated with Till. This is farm to table poetry, interdisciplinary work, and freshly published fiction that will leave you happily hungry for more.

A Reading with Seattle’s Youth Poets

Discover Seattle’s vibrant youth poetry scene. A cohort of representatives from the Youth Poet Laureate program will open the evening followed with a reading by the current Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Lily Baumgart.

 

Phase 2 – 7-7:45 p.m.

An Evening with Eileen Myles

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave. (all ages)

A writer whose poetry and prose has been an incandescent part of things for the past several decades – and is still writing aglow – Eileen Myles makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her newest book, Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press). This is a book unlike any other – about a dog, about life, about everything.

Fragmented Transmissions: Lyric and Hybrid Essays

Zoë Events, 1318 E. Union St. (all ages)

Readings by Meredith Clark, Katie Ellison, Leslie Frank, and Molly Thornton– four multi-genre authors whose writing traverses across memoir, essay, and less definable forms to create cross-genre and hybrid nonfiction. Hosted by Molly Thornton.

Jack Straw: Authors of Fiction

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave. (under 21 with adult/chaperone)

Since 1997, the Jack Straw Writers Program introduced local writers to the medium of recorded audio, developed their presentation skills, encouraged the creation of new literary work, provided new venues for the writers and their work. Join Jack Straw fiction writers Ellie Belew, Wancy Young Cho, and Calvin Gimepevich.

Made at Hugo House Fellows Alum Reading

Barca 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (21+)

The Made at Hugo House fellowship supports emerging writers, providing space and resources to four to six fellows in the Seattle area to complete a proposed project. Enjoy a drink and listen to the work of fellowship alums Laura Da, Anca Szilagyi, Ross McMeekin, and Quenton Baker.

Mineral School Resident Reading

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. (21+ downstairs)

Join Lit Crawl and the Mineral School to welcome back the accomplished alums of the Mineral School Residency. Authors include: Jane Hodges and Nicole Hardy (hosting), Gabrielle Bates, Rachel Edelman, Urban Waite, Putsata Reang

Eat Write Northwest

Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.  (21+)

Three acclaimed Seattle food writers will share their takes on the Northwest’s unique culinary scene in what’s sure to be a hunger-inducing 45 minutes. Authors include: Nicole Sprinkle (hosting), Kim O’Donnel, Jess Thompson, Langdon Cook. Hosted by Kathleen Flinn.

Reading Beyond Seattle

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. (all ages)

Writers read about life beyond Seattle city limits. Authors include Elaina Ellis of Bellingham, Hayat Norimine, an Eastern Washington native born in Japan, and Jackie Fender of Tacoma. Hosted by Julia Hands.

Stories for the Young at Heart

Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E. (all ages)

Join Karen Finneyfrock, Michele Bacon, and Breeana Shields to get lost in an evening of Young Adult literature. Enjoy stories that find their home in artistic innovation and resonance that spans across genres. Hosted by SPL’s Teen Services Librarian Tess Wilder-Cervantes.

 Artist Trust GAP Recipients Reading

Roy Street Coffee & Tea 700 Broadway E Seattle, WA 98102 (all ages)

Enjoy an evening with Artist Trust GAP recipients Imani Sims, Steph Kesey, and Jean Burnet whose works span across genres and mediums.

 

Phase 3- 8-8:45 p.m.

An Evening with Anastacia Reneé

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. (21+ downstairs)

Meet Seattle’s new Civic Poet, Anastacia Reneé. In this reading and Q&A, listen to the work that Paul Constant in the Seattle Weekly has called “mighty,” “a force of nature,” and “restless.” Reagan Jackson will lead a question and answer session.

Ever-Shifting Diaspora: The Writers of Kundiman

Barca 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (21+)

Come hear the diverse and empowered voices of some of the finest Asian-American poetry and prose writers in the PNW. This reading is part of Claiming Space, a 4Culture project to lift the voices of writers of color. Featuring Shankar Narayan, Neil Aitken, Jordan Alam, Kale Kim, and Troy Osaki. Hosted by Shankar Narayan.

Ghosts of Seattle Past

Hotel Sorrento 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104 (all ages)

Ghosts of Seattle Past is an anthology and atlas, a series of arts installations, an online map, and an ongoing community altar on which to celebrate and mourn the lost Seattle places that made us who we are. Three anthology contributors will mourn bygone venues: Graham Isaac, The Paradox Theater; Ma’Chell Duma (LaVassar), Foxxxes Cabaret; and Adrian Ryan, The Elite Tavern. Hosted by Chin Music Press editor Cali Kopczick.

Halloween and Horror: A Reading

Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E. (21+)

Get your taste of ghouls, ghosts, and more! Come to Halloween and Horror with readings by Ramon Isao, J. Lincoln Fenn, and Evan J. Peterson. Hosted by Evan J. Peterson.

Joyland PNW

Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave. (21+)

What makes PNW literature? Writers from Joyland, a literary magazine that believes fiction is an international movement supported by local communities, will attempt to answer that as they read their stories of the PNW. Authors include: Corinne Manning, Kait Heacock, and Margaret Adams. Hosted by Kait Heacock.

Le Grand Fromage Mini Show

Zoe Events,1318 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122 (all ages)

 
Enjoy a reading from a one-woman show featuring Nicole Aloni as she presents a snippet of her work: Le Grand Fromage Mini Show, one woman’s tumultuous life in the kitchen—from Paris to the Academy Awards and back.
 

Lunch Ticket: Saveurs de Poésie

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave. (under 21 with adult/chaperone)

Enjoy poetry and experimental readings by Wryly Tender, Sarah Jones, and Meredith Arena of Lunch Ticket, the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University that encourages submissions from underrepresented and marginalized artists and writers.

Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry

Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.  (21+)

The Seattle-based poetry collective that’s constantly shifting. We highlight poets of color, LGBTQI poets, poets from out of town, poets who are new to town, women poets, undocumented poets, experimental writers (whatever that might mean!), and brand new writers. Authors include: Adriana Nodal-Tarafa, Anne Tardos, Jennifer Firestone, Jamaica Baldwin

Seattle City of Literature Presents: Nic Low in Conversation With Willie Fitzgerald

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. (all ages)

Nic Low’s a New Zealand-born writer of European and Māori descent who writes satire about technology, apocalypse and wilderness. Enjoy an evening with the author as he sits down to talk with Willie Fitzgerald co-creator and creative director of APRIL.

Booktoberfest: Library After Dark: Scary Stories in the Stacks

Capitol Hill Library Branch 425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA (all ages)

Enjoy a spooky story time for adults and older kids, after hours at the Capitol Hill Branch, in conjunction with LitCrawl.

 

 

 

Phase 4 – 9-9:45 p.m.

Sarah Galvin, Robert Lashley and Timmy Straw

Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave. (21+)

Sarah Galvin has brough her friends to town and they’re taking on Lit Crawl. Enjoy a poetry reading and a drink with good friends as your Lit Crawl night draws to a close. Authors include: Sarah Galvin, Robert Lashley, Timmy Straw.

Seattle Poetry Grid Reading

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave. (under 21 with adult/chaperone)

The Seattle Poetry Grid is a project of Seattle’s first Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna. It traces the city in the voices of its citizens, from folks new to expressing themselves in poems to well established and beloved writers. We each carry a personal map of the place we inhabit. We live in the city and the city lives in us. Authors include: Claudia Castro Luna, Lynn Miller, Brian Roth, Shin Yu Pai. Hosted by Claudia Castro Luna.

True Stories of #FML

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. (21+ downstairs)

Three authors read nonfiction pieces about fucked-up moments in their lives. With readings from Brian McGuigan, Kristen Millares Young, and Sasha LaPointe.

How to Dress for Murder

Hugo House 1021 Columbia St. Seattle, WA 98104 (all ages)

Fashion and mystery collide as authors Rosemarie and Vince Keenan read from their classic Hollywood-set novels DESIGN FOR DYING and DANGEROUS TO KNOW.

 

Phase 5 – After party

10 p.m. until midnight (doors at 9:45 p.m.), 21+

Zoë Events, 1318 E. Union St.

 

Disclaimer: This page will be updated as the last few events are finalized.

 

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