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Get drunk . . . on words!

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. Throughout the years, we have hosted readings by VIDA, Tin House, critically-acclaimed artists such as Eileen Myles and Melissa Febos, and much more, at venues throughout the neighborhood—including Hugo House, Vermilion, Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

In 2019, we’ll continue our tradition of 5 phases of programming: 5-5:45pm, 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm, 8-8:45pm, and 9-9:45pm, plus literary shenanigans at the after party at 10pm.

This year, you’ll get to take in 35+ readings and 80+ readers and performers on this year’s line up!
Save the date: Thursday, October 24th, 2019.

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Thursday, October 24 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
A Woman's Work--A Reading About Work and Labor

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From the Second Shift to the Gender Pay Gap, there are myriad reasons women feel like they're just ""a step on the boss-man's ladder."" Yet, women make up nearly half of the labor force. This event features three female authors reading about work and labor: Kristen Millares Young, Jane Hodges, and Jean Ferruzola. Nicole Keenan-Lai, Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage, will host.

Featured Artists

Jane Hodges is a Seattle-based writer and the founder of Mineral School, an artists' residency near Mt. Rainier. Her fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review and her essays have appeared in The Seattle Weekly, The Magazine, and Seal Press anthologies. She is working on a memoir about the fallout from her Southern family's loss of wealth in a 1970s Ponzi scheme.

Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel Subduction (Red Hen Press, April 14, 2020). A prize-winning journalist and essayist, Kristen is the current Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. Her writing appears in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, Hobart, Proximity and Moss, as well as the anthologies Pie & Whiskey, Latina Outsiders, and Advanced Creative Nonfiction (Bloomsbury, 2021). She was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Kristen serves as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom she co-founded in 2009.

Jean Ferruzola received her MFA from the University of Washington and was a 2014/15 Made at Hugo House fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Brevity, The Offing, Entropy Magazine, and ELLE Magazine among others. She was a recipient of Artist Trust’s Grants for Artist Projects in 2016. You can follow her work at jeanferruzola.com.

Nicole Keenan-Lai got her start as a cleaner at a children's clothing store. Since then, she's cleaned hundreds of toilets, toured the world as a musician, walked thousands of dogs, served thousands of meals, contributed to books, crafted reports covered by international media, co-founded a thriving worker center, served as an adviser to countless labor-standards campaigns across the country, and co-crafted climate policy that shaped the presidential debate. Most importantly: she is the big sister to six, a wife, and still a musician.


Thursday October 24, 2019 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Intrigue Chocolate 1520 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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