Think of Lit Crawl Seattle as a free cool reading at your favorite bar, times about 30. For one beautiful and awesomely weird night, over 80 Pacific Northwest readers and artists fill Capitol and First Hill bars with stories randing from oyster foraging to the Jesus movement, photography of Seattle outcasts and innocents, to odes to football and salt.
In past years, we’ve hosted everyone from former National Book Award finalist Jess Walter to Lindy West. Last year, we hosted readings by VIDA, Tin House, critically-acclaimed memoirists Sarah Hepola and Melissa Febos, and much more, at venues throughout the neighborhood—including Town Hall, Hugo House, Vermilion, Capitol Cider, the Frye Art Museum, Capitol Hill Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company.
In 2016, we’ll celebrate our 5 year anniversary by extending the crawl to 5 phases of programming: 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm, 8-8:45pm, and a new phase from 9-9:45pm, plus literary shenanigans at the after party at 10pm.
That’s two extra hours to take in more of the 35+ readings and 80+ readers and performers on this year’s line up! Save the date: October 27, 2016.
Lit Crawl Seattle receives fiscal sponsorship from Shunpike, grants from 4Culture and the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Sponsors include Seattle Met, Crosscut, Covenant Shores, and City Arts magazine.
Lit Crawl Seattle is one of 7 literary pub crawls founded by Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival. Litquake itself was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 4,600 author appearances for an audience of over 100,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco’s thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals.
Lit Crawl Seattle 2016 Volunteers
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Lit Crawl, we can’t pull off this awesome night without the help of so many individuals. Interested in volunteering for Lit Crawl Seattle? Contact Rebekah Anderson, rebekahlu (at) gmail.com.
About the Lit Crawl Seattle Team
Rebekah Anderson, Managing Director
Rebekah Anderson is a founding member of Lit Crawl Seattle. She is also the Director of Marketing for Sasquatch Books, and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU, where she studied with Jayne Anne Phillips and E.L. Doctorow.
Gwendolyn Fairbanks, Director of Development and Sponsorships
Gwendolyn leads Lit Crawl Seattle’s fundraising and event planning efforts. She’s spent more than 10 years advocating arts organizations with promotions and sponsorships and is now focused on event planning, sponsorships, and auction donations to advance the mission of Lit Crawl Seattle. A passionate enthusiast of the arts, Gwendolyn is thrilled to be part of the Lit Crawl Seattle team and enjoys seeing as much art as possible around town.
Amanda McDougall, Content Strategy
Amanda is an editor, writer, and content strategist / marketer. She delights in helping others find the right words to convey their messages. In a past life as a food writer, she wrote, tested and edited recipes for four cookbooks and scribed a gourmet travel guide to New York City.
Brian McGuigan, Programming
Brian McGuigan is a writer, performer, and program director at Artist Trust, where he oversees the organization’s grantmaking, career development programs, and resources at Artist Trust. He is the co-founder and curator of the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose and has been a part of the Lit Crawl Seattle team for the last three years. In 2010,The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s ‘Power 50 Culture Makers.’ When he’s not working in the arts, Brian is working on a memoir about fatherhood. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, The Rumpus, ParentMap, and elsewhere, and he has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Office of Arts & Culture. For many years, he ran programs and events at Hugo House.
Kerry Mellor, Creative Director
Kerry creates Lit Crawl Seattle’s local advertising and branding efforts. She’s also a Creative Director at the Seattle agency Possible, as well as a Bellevue College instructor and YA author. Her first novel, an eco-fabulist story called “Piscah,” is almost done, although the young adults she’s been writing for are probably having kids by now. In the meantime, she’s also savoring every last summer moment on the trail, either on-bike, on-foot, or under-backpack.
Will O’Donnell, Assistant Director
Will O’Donnell splits his time between Port Townsend and Seattle. He has been organizing farmers markets for most of the last ten years, which is not at all unlike helping to plan Lit Crawl Seattle–more kohlrabi and fewer cigarettes, perhaps. Will has written for Edible Seattle and Northwest Magazine in the past but nobody else wants to publish him lately. He has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Pacific University and is working diligently on an epic historical novel about the early days of VHS.
Jekeva Phillips, Volunteer Coordinator, Logistics, Programming Support
Jekeva is a writer, educator, and performer. She is Editor in Chief of Word Lit Zine—a Seattle-based lit quarterly for PNW readers and writers, and owner of Paradise Lost Publishing. Her forthcoming poetry chapbook, Les Amants, will be hitting the shelves soon, and she currently hard at work on her first novel, Sovereign, for which she received a 2016 Artist Trust Fellowship. As if having a magazine and a book AND a poetry collection isn’t enough, she is also the director of Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival. If you are thinking Jekeva looks familiar, maybe that’s because you have seen her performing improv as a member of CSz Seattle, traveling through space with the improvised Star Trek group, Where No Man Has Gone Before, or twirling in aerial fabrics at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.
Corinna Scott, Publicity
Corinna Scott takes her books a little too seriously. When not hoarding them at home or pressing new copies into the hands of others she’s a Senior Publicist at Sasquatch Books, helping to spread the word of the publisher’s front list titles as well as handling their corporate communications.
Elissa Washuta, Programming
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir published by Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, an Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Elissa has performed her work at such venues as Bumbershoot, HuskyFest, “Cheap Wine and Poetry,” Castalia, Breadline, and the Seattle LitCrawl. She is currently working on a second book.