About Lit Crawl Seattle

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 ranging 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 Hugo House, Vermilion, Capitol Cider, the Frye Art Museum, Capitol Hill Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

In 2017, we’ll continue our new tradition of 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 19th, 2017.

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.

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About Litquake

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 2017 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 us at litcrawl@gmail.com!

About the Lit Crawl Seattle Team


Jekeva Phillips: Managing Director

Jekeva_PhillipsJekeva is a writer, educator, and performer. She is Editor in Chief of Word Lit Zine, a lit quarterly for PNW readers and writers. Her poetry chapbook,              Les Amants: Lovers and Other Strangers, hit the shelves this fall, and she currently hard at work on her first novel, Sovereign. As if having a magazine, a poetry collection, AND a novel isn’t enough, Jekeva is the director of Bibliophilia, storytelling festival. She is honored and ecstatic to be managing director of Lit Crawl Seattle, an organization she has been a part of for three years. You may have seen Jekeva lecturing at Write-o-Rama, 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. 




Gwendolyn Fairbanks, Director of Development and Sponsorships

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Wendy Fairbanks 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.





Molly Thornton: Venue and Volunteer Coordinator


Molly Thornton is a multi-genre writer who is influenced by femme identity, queer love, female friendship and life’s gritty magic. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Lavender Reviewbaldhip magazine, and They Said, a collaborative anthology from Black Lawrence Press. She is a graduate of Artist Trust’s LitEdge program and a Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow. Molly is thrilled to bring her experiences as a non-profit administrator, event planner, and arts curator to support a night of regional writers sharing their heart, art, and talents with a fun-loving audience. Say hello at mollythorntonwrites.com.





Kait Heacock: Programming


Kait Heacock is a fiction writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut short story collection, Siblings and Other Disappointments, is available now. Her fiction has appeared in Esquire Russia, Joyland, KGB Bar Lit Mag, Portland Review, Tin House, tNY.Press, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other outlets. Her nonfiction has appeared in Bustle, Crab Creek Review, DAME, Largehearted Boy, Literary Hub, The Millions, and The Washington Post. She is the Pacific Northwest editor for Joyland.




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.


Julia Hands: Marketing and Logistics


Julia_HandsJulia Hands is a writer and editor currently living in Seattle. Having graduated with an MFA from Western Washington University, she now commutes up to Capitol Hill to work as a project manager at Golden Lasso, a marketing and design firm. Year-round, she helps run the Write Our Democracy Write-ins, a quarterly reading series co-hosted by and located at the Hugo House. In the summer, she heads out to Port Townsend to help run the Centrum Port Townsend Writers Conference. Her fiction can be found in Blink-Ink as well as 5×5.