Hands down, the Event of the Week is Thursday's Lit Crawl, which
brings together the city's many literary talents for one
orgiastic evening of pub-crawl-style short readings around
This year's Lit Crawl has five phases of one hour each, starting
at 5 pm and then continuing every hour afterward: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8
pm, and 9 pm. The sixth and final phase is a big old afterparty
at Hugo House. These readings are mostly intended as samplers,
introducing you to a number of authors you might not have
As is tradition, I'm going to lay out three different themed
tracks you might take at Lit Crawl. These are just a few of the
suggestions; you can find the rest of the gigantic schedule on
Lit Crawl's site.
TRACK 1: No White Dudes
Start your night at 5 pm at the Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed
& Breakfast for a reading by trans and queer authors of
color including Ana Walker, Luzviminda “Lulu” Carpenter, J
Mase III, and Nic Masangkay.
At 6 pm, Berkeley poets Jongmin Jerome Baek and Emmanuelle
Gauthier will read on the topic of rape, consent, and the word
"no" at Office Nomads.
For the 7 pm slot, run on up to Vermillion for the reading by
Georgia Stewart McDade as part of the African American Writers
Next, at 8, scramble to Corvus & Co for Surreal
Storytelling with Strange Women, featuring Kate Bernatche,
Vivian Hua, Jalayna Carter, Ellen Meny, and Kate Berwanger.
End your night at the Writing Against the Body reading at
Ada's Technical Books, in which Joyce Chen, Laura Wachs, Laura
Titzer, and Abi Pollokoff will discuss what it means to have a
Track 2: Scary Stories, Told in the Dark
At 5 pm, visit the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public
Library where children's book authors Mark Maciejewski, Donna
Barba Higuera, and Kim Baker will discuss boogeymen, farts,
and a bear.
Run to Capitol Cider for the 6 pm reading of Poems to Scare
the Hell Out of You, read by librarians Misha Stone and David
Wright, featuring "Shambling spirits and serial killers, and
things that stare at you from pickling jar."
7 pm kicks off at Ollie Quinn with a reading about haunted
heartbreak featuring Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Keetje
Kuipers, Anne Liu Kellor, and Jessica Mooney.
At 8 pm, it's back to the Capitol Hill Library for "a literary
seance" of Late Night Scary Tales for adults and older
And finally, the Pine Box hosts a straight-up horror reading,
featuring writers Jarret Middleton, Chavisa Woods, and Ramon
Track 3: Literary Icons
This evening of local literary institutions begins at 5 pm at
Northwest Film Forum with organization
celebrating young women writers with readers Robin Hall, Azure
Savage and Lucia Santos.
At 6 pm, storied poetry collective Margin Shift takes over the
Stumbling Monk for a reading including Woogee Bae, Eddie Kim,
and Nadine Antoinette Maestas.
At 7 pm, local writers colony Hedgebrook takes the stage at
Capitol Cider with local legends Ellen Forney, Wendy Call, and
Visit Spin Cycle at 8 pm for a reading from remarkable local
poets like Jane Wong, Quenton Baker, Santi Holley, and Shayla
At 9 pm, Jack Straw, the local organization that helps writers
present their work better, takes over Spin Cycle for a reading
from Jack Straw fellows including Christianne Balk, Rena
Priest, and Sylvia Byrne Pollack.