Press release 10.06.2016



You’re Booked: October 27, 2016

Lit Crawl Seattle Announces 2016 Programming, Venues, and Sponsors

 October 5, 2016 – SEATTLE, WA – Tonight at a fundraiser party at Zoë Events, Lit Crawl Seattle announced the programming for its fifth annual night of literary mayhem.

For the first time in the festival’s history, readings and performances will be spread out over five full hours, allowing attendees to see more of the 35+ literary events throughout Capitol Hill and First Hill on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.

Without further ado, here’s what Seattle can look forward to in a few weeks:



2016 Jack Straw Writers

Featuring four writers from this year’s Jack Straw Writing Program: Casandra Lopez, Shin Yu Pai, Alison Stagner, and Shontina Vernon. Hosted by program curator Karen Finneyfrock.

A Fool and His or Her Money

Nicole Hardy, Peter Mountford, and Ross McMeekin will read. Hosted by Paulette Perhach.

A Kundiman Reading

Featuring Shankar Narayan, Jordan Alam, Pimone Triplett, and Margaret Rhee, four fellows from Kundiman’s annual retreat dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American literature. Michelle Penaloza and Jane Wong host.

APRIL in October

APRIL presents a reading with poet James Gendron and friends. Expect moderate to heavy spookiness. Hosted by Willie Fitzgerald.

Artist Trust Presents

Featuring Ramon Isao Campos, Michelle Penaloza, and Jekeva Phillips, recipients of 2016 Fellowships from the Washington State nonprofit Artist Trust. Hosted by Katy Hannigan, Artist Trust’s artist liaison.

Book-It Repertory Theatre Performs “Welcome to Braggsville”

Actors read a preview from the stage version of T. Geronimo Johnson’s satirical novel “Welcome to Braggsville.” Adapted by Josh Aaseng and Daemond Arrindell.

Brightly Press

Scott Driscoll and Stacey Levine read from works published by Brightly Press. Kelle Grace Gaddis hosts.  

Changing Places

Poets Jeanne Morel and Greg Jensen read their work. Hosted by Michelle Bombardier.

Cheap Beer & Prose

Seattle’s coolest reading series returns featuring writers Jean Burnet, Jessica Mooney, and Neal Thompson, plus the cheapest beer Velocity sells. Hosted by the sudsy Jeanine Walker.

Contagious Exchanges

The monthly reading series bridging genre, style, sensibility, and all the markers of identity in queer lives features writers Tobi Hill-Meyer and Elizabeth Colen in conversation. Curated and hosted by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

Dead Feminists: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Based on their letterpress poster series, authors Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring discuss their illuminating look at women who’ve changed the world in their new book that combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Includes letterpress demonstration.

Father, Mother, Other

Parenting is not all coziness, cookie baking, and watching them score soccer goals. There is spilled milk, endless chauffeuring, and dark holes in which we nearly lose our sense of self, or do. Local writer parents Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, Dave Sanders, Nancy Schatz Alton, and Natalie Singer-Velush will read from brand new works that explore parenthood, lineage, love and longing. 

Fiction readings by:

Kerry Mellor

Jim Cantú

Kait Heacock

Fuck Yo Couch

At this reading featuring Robert Lashley, Imani Sims, and Anastacia Tolbert, expect every voice to reveal a Rick James-level of disregard for politesse — language will likely be foul. In lieu of “trigger warnings,” you might have to dodge verbal bullets meant for your mind. Bring your guilt, your fragility, your imagination, and your spot-cleaner, because your couch is about to be fucked. Hosted by Natasha Marin, creator of the Reparations Project. #IJS

Get Mineral School(ed)

Residency grads Daemond Arrindell, Leanne Dunic, Gretchen Schrafft, and Jason Vanhee read from works honed in the mountainside schoolhouse. Hosted by Nicole Hardy and Elisabeth Eaves.


Hedgebrook presents a reading by residency alumna. Hosted by Catherine Willis Cleveland.

Hey There, Macaroni

Multimedia artist and writer Steph Kesey presents a series of animated GIFs in which a couple of little noodles search for true love in a boiling pot of passion, hope, fear, doubt, and options.

It’s All Relative

Writers Steven Barker, Hanna Brooks Olsen, and Jeanine Walker read stories and poems about the people who we love most / drive us crazy — our families.

Late Night at the Library, presented by Seattle Public Library

Spooky stories for adults and older kids read by librarian David Wright after-hours at the library. This program is a part of the library’s Booktoberfest. (Doors open at 8:05 p.m. All ages.)

Laurie Blauner

One of Seattle’s most accomplished writers, Laurie Blauner, reads from her new novel “The Solace of Monsters” (Leapfrog Press).

Listen to Your Mothers: Bad Moms

Readings by Ronit Planck, Wendy Colbert, Donna Miscolta, and Jennifer D. Munro.

Literary Mixology, presented by Seattle Public Library

Librarians Andrea and David take the stage to share wonderful books paired with cocktails. This program is a part of the library’s Booktoberfest.

Other People’s Food

Food is personal and essential to our identities, but it can also be disorienting and foreign. In a country as diverse as ours, food for many of us also serves as an entry point into other cultures. Eating Ethiopian injera, learning to make pho, or mastering your grandmother’s hamantaschen recipe will bring you closer to another person’s cuisine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will understand their experiences. Four writers — Monica Dimas, Angela Garbes, Anna Goren, and Rachel Kessler — examine the issues that come up as we cook and eat “other people’s food.”

Poetry readings by:

Kilam Tel Aviv

Sharon Nyree Williams

Afrose Fatima Ahmed

Poetry Northwest Presents

The Northwest’s longest-running literary journal presents readings from contributors Sierra Nelson, Megan Snyder-Camp, and Jane Wong. Hosted by editor Erin Malone.

Politics & Poetry

In a year when the first woman is running for the presidency, four women poets — Samar Abulhassan, Laura Da’, and Ann Teplick — read from their works and share poems from a radical female poet who inspires them. Hosted by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna.

Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace

After President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in January 2009, Carolyne Wright and her co-editors called for women poets of all backgrounds and job descriptions to share their workplace experiences–not just pay and promotion inequity, or workplace harassment and intimidation, but women’s ever-widening range of occupations and representation in a globalized world. Hear Puget Sound-area contributors to this anthology (including Martha Silano, Mary Ellen Talley, Gail Tremblay, and Sarah Zale) tell their workplace stories in poetry, and act as agents of change in these challenging economic times.  Hosted by lead editor, Carolyne Wright.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Novelist and short story writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia reads from her book “Certain Dark Things” (Thomas Dunne), in which the rival families involved in a Mexican drug war are (actual) vampires.

T.C. Boyle, presented by Town Hall ($5)

The acclaimed author discusses his latest novel “The Terranauts,” a deep dive into human behavior in a story of science, society, sex, and survival at Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available in advance through Town Hall.)

The Body Is a Map in Any Language

Readings by Sam Roxas-Chua and Jordan Hartt. Hosted by Jamaica Baldwin

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Readings about the weird, the odd, the dark, and the whimsical, inspired by Hotel Sorrento’s monthly theme.

The Comics Pages

Crosscut editors team up with local comics for dramatic readings and interpretations of local and national leaders and politics.

VIDA Presents

VIDA, the nonprofit feminist literary organization, presents readings from Kristiana Kahakauwila, Sara Marie Ortiz, Cooper Lee Bombardier, and Elissa Washuta.

Visual Storytelling: Fiction, Memoir, & Science Comics

Comic artists Amy Camber, Robyn Jordan, Owen Curtsinger, and Lauren Armstrong show and tell stories. Hosted by Short Run Seattle co-founder Kelly Froh.

Working Stiffs: Tales from the Grind

The things we do for a paycheck: Real-life and imagined tales from Nassim Assefi, John Englehardt, Kristine Lloyd, and Nikkita Oliver. Hosted by Sierra Golden and Michelle Goodman.

Youth Poet Laureate 2016 Finalists

Join Seattle’s 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Angel Gardner, along with finalists Lily Baumgart, Joseph Hairston and Hannah Paige Kitchens for readings of their winning work. Hosted by 2015 Laureate, Leija Farr. (All ages)


After party:

10pm until midnight (doors at 9:45pm), $5 cover, 21+

Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.

  • Heart crafted poems by Afrose Fatima Ahmed
  • Performance inspired by writing by Khambatta Dance Company
  • Music inspired by writing by Bushwick Book Club



  • 4Culture
  • Covenant Shores 
  • Crosscut
  • Seattle Met
  • Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture
  • Shunpike



  • Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E.
  • Barça, 1510 11th Ave.
  • Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St.
  • Capitol Hill Branch Library (Seattle Public Library), 425 Harvard Ave. E.
  • Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave.
  • Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 348 Marion St.
  • Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St.
  • Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St. 
  • Office Nomads, 1617 Boylston Ave.
  • Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University, 1016 E. Marion St.
  • Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave.
  • Saint John’s Bar and Eatery, 719 E. Pike St.
  • Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.
  • Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.
  • Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave.
  • Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge, 927 9th Ave.
  • Zoë Events, 1318 E Union St



About Lit Crawl Seattle
For one awesome night each year, Lit Crawl Seattle takes over the Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods with over 80 Pacific Northwest readers, performers, and artists presenting their work at pubs, museums, cafes, libraries, and a host of other spaces. 

 Lit Crawl Seattle is a project of the Litquake Foundation ( San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival runs October 7­-15, 2016, with affiliated Lit Crawls in San Francisco, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Iowa City, Seattle, London, Helsinki, Portland, Chicago, Denver, and Cheltenham.

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