Lit Crawl Seattle Announces Final 2016 Schedule



You’re Booked: October 27, 2016

Lit Crawl Seattle Announces Final 2016 Schedule


October 17, 2016 – SEATTLE, WA – Today, Lit Crawl Seattle announced the final 2016 schedule with times and venues for the 35+ events that will happen on its fifth anniversary, Thursday, October 27, 2016.

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 evening’s events throughout Capitol Hill and First Hill.


Phase 1 – 6-6:45 p.m.


Visual Storytelling: Fiction, Memoir, & Science Comics

Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E.

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


Literary Mixology, presented by Seattle Public Library

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St.

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


Youth Poet Laureate 2016 Finalists

Capitol Hill Branch Library (Seattle Public Library), 425 Harvard Ave. E.

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)


Poetry Northwest Presents

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 348 Marion St.

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

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St.

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.


Get Mineral School(ed)

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave.

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.


Face the Strange: Poems of Stasis & Change

Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge, 927 9th Ave.

Pacific University poets Greg Jensen, Jeanne Morel, and Michele Bombardier read recent works.


Phase 2 – 7-7:45 p.m.


It’s All Relative

Barça, 1510 11th Ave.

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.


Book-It Repertory Theatre Performs “Welcome to Braggsville”

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St.

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.


Laurie Blauner

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave.

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


A Kundiman Reading

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 348 Marion St.

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.


The Cabinet of Curiosities: Poets

Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St.

Poetry by Kilam Tel Aviv, Sharon Nyree Williams, Fletch Taylor, and Afrose Fatima Ahmed about the weird, the odd, the dark, and the whimsical, inspired by Hotel Sorrento’s monthly theme.


2016 Jack Straw Writers

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St.

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.


Working Stiffs: Tales from the Grind

Office Nomads, 1617 Boylston Ave.

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.


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

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, 1016 E. Marion St.

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



Brightly Press

Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.

Deborah Woodard and Stacey Levine read from works published by Brightly Press. Kelle Grace Gaddis hosts.  


Father, Mother, Other

Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.

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


Fuck Yo Couch

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave.

At this reading featuring Robert Lashley, Imani Sims, Anastacia Renee, Quenton Baker, Sakara Remmu, and Andy Yun, 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


Bad Moms: Parenting Can Be a Mother

Zoë Events, 1318 E. Union St.

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


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


Dead Feminists: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave. E.

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.


Contagious Exchanges

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St.

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.


Late Night at the Library, presented by Seattle Public Library

Capitol Hill Branch Library (Seattle Public Library), 425 Harvard Ave. E.

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.)


Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave.

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.


Lilly Ledbetter Reading

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 348 Marion St.

Puget Sound-area contributors to the Lost Horse Press anthology, “Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace,” Martha Silano, Mary Ellen Talley, Gail Tremblay, and Sarah Zale, tell their workplace stories in poetry. Hosted by lead editor, Carolyne Wright.


The Cabinet of Curiosities: Flashers

Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St.

Flash fiction by Kerry Mellor, Jim Cantú, Will O’Donnell and Jason Bargueño inspired by the weird, the odd, the dark, and the whimsical, Hotel Sorrento’s monthly theme.


The Body Is a Map in Any Language

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St.

Readings by Jordan Hartt, Jamaica Baldwin, and Kristen Millares Young. Hosted by Kristen.


Artist Trust Presents

Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave.

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.


Kait Heacock Launch Party

Still Liquor, 1524 Minor Ave.

Kait Heacock launches her debut story collection “Siblings and Other Disappointments” with a reading from and music inspired by the book. Singer/songwriter Ruth Bryan joins Kait for a special musical collaboration.


Cheap Beer & Prose

Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.

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.


APRIL in October

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave.

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


Other People’s Food

Zoë Events, 1318 E. Union St.

Food is personal and essential to our identities, but it can also be disorienting and foreign. Food is one way we learn about ourselves and, in a country as diverse as ours, it 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.”


Phase 4 – 9-9:45 p.m.

A Fool and His or Her Money

Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St.

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


The Comics Pages

Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St.

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



Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave.

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


Hey There, Macaroni

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave.

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.


VIDA Presents

Zoë Events, 1318 E. Union St.

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


Phase 5 – After party

10 p.m. until midnight (doors at 9:45 p.m.), $5 cover

Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave.

  • Heart-crafted poems by Afrose Fatima Ahmed
  • Surprise guest bartenders!
  • reflexion Dance Company presents A(Part) and/or Together a contemporary dance installation based on literary works by Anthony Thwaite (concept & direction: Constanze Villines; dancers: Angelica DeLashmette & Warren Woo)
    Bushwick Book Club will perform music inspired by writing
  • Khambatta Dance Company presents and excerpt from Casualties of Fate to be performed at KDC’s evening-length performance Dec. 9th and 10th, 2016 at Broadway Performance Hall. Playing with the duet form of back and forth dialogue. (Artistic Director: Cyrus Khambatta; Dancers: Carli-Ann Forthun & Ethan Rome) 
  • DJ Chuck will spin us into the night!



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 (litquake.org). 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.

Lit Crawl Seattle receives support from Shunpike, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, Crosscut, Seattle Met, and Covenant Shores

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Rebekah Anderson, litcrawlseattle@gmail.com