A bar crawl, with books. Seattle's iteration of Lit Crawl has again run with this simple premise to create the year's most Seattle-wide celebration of Seattle writers. For one night, dozens of readers (and a few artists, songwriters, and performers) take to the stage—or the back corner booth, or the loft—of bars and venues across the Capitol Hill and First Hill to present their works and imbibe.
For its fifth anniversary, the Crawl promises an expanded schedule with five phases instead of four, including a raucous after party at Velocity Dance Center. The lineup contains many, many readers worth your time. But it's not possible to see everyone, so check out the schedule and map out your route. Here are a few picks to help you plan the night.
Phase One (6–6:45)
Know who doesn't get enough credit vis a vis partying? Librarians. Join two local savants for some of their favorite book and cocktail pairings. It's like a tasting menu for the mind.
Poetry Northwest Presents
Poet Jane Wong, fresh off the launch of her highly anticipated first book Overpour, reads along with Poetry Northwest contributors Sierra Nelson and Megan Snyder-Camp.
Phase Two (7–7:45)
It's All Relative
Like the moon and unrequited love, family dynamics beget a whole lot of art. Hear some stories and poems about those strange, infuriating, invaluable people from Steven Barker, Hanna Brooks Olsen, and Jeanine Walker.
The Cabinet of Curiosities: Poets
Retire into a plush couch at Sorrento's reading room for poems inspired by the storied hotel's monthly writing prompt (in this case, "Sorrento Curiosities"), featuring Kilam Tel Aviv, Sharon Nyree Williams, Fletch Taylor, and Afrose Fatima Ahmed.
Phase Three (8–8:45)
Artist Trust Presents
Ramon Isao Campos, Michelle Penaloza, and Jekeva Phillips—recipients of the 2016 Artist Trust Fellowship—rally at the mortuary-turned-bar for some poetry and prose.
APRIL in October
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
Seattle's springtime independent literature festival drops in for a night of poems by James Gendron and stories by Richard Chiem.
Phase Four (9–9:45)
A Fool and His or Her Money
Head to the basement for a pint of dry cider, or perry, or just beer, and enjoy words by Washington State Book Award winner Peter Mountford, with Nicole Hardy, Ross McMeekin, and Paulette Perhach.
The nonprofit feminist literary organization hosts recent Fremont Bridge writer-in-residence Elissa Washuta along with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Sara Marie Ortiz and Cooper Lee Bombardier.
Phase Five (10–midnight)
Velocity Dance Center
A corporeal exclamation point to the night's festivities where words like corporeal will be thrown about. Close out the night with beats by DJ Chuck, performances by the Khambatta and re:flexion dance companies, a digestif of poems by Afrose Fatima Ahmed, and a special guest bartender making those good drinks.
Lit Crawl Seattle 2016
Oct 27, Various venues, Free–$5