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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 • 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Jack Straw Poetry Reading

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All writing that matters to me nudges at the unknown, takes chances,” writes 2019 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator Kathleen Flenniken in the 2019 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. “Reading it is an act of discovery, which can be uncomfortable, upsetting, touching, revelatory.” Kathleen will host, introducing some of the 2019 Jack Straw Writers and their uncomfortable, upsetting, touching, revelatory work.

Featured Artists

Christianne Balk grew up in upstate New York, studied biology and art at Grinnell College, English and writing at the University of Iowa, taught at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and now lives in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in Cirque, Poemoftheweek.org, Women Writing Nature, Floating Bridge Review, Nimrod, Terrain, and other publications. Christianne loves gardening, the Anglo-Saxon rhythms of everyday street talk, and open water swimming. Her most recent book is The Holding Hours (University of Washington Press Pacific Northwest Poetry Series).

Rena Priest is a writer and Lummi tribal member. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press and garnered an American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published by Floating Bridge Press in 2018. She has attended residencies at Mineral School, Underwater New York/Works on Water on Governors Island, and Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers. She is the recipient of a 2018 National Geographic Explorers Grant, and has taught various topics in writing, storytelling, and literature.


Sylvia Byrne Pollack’s poems have appeared in Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Clover, and Antiphon, as well as other print and online journals. A two-time Pushcart nominee, she won the 2013 Mason's Road Winter Literary Award and was a medalist for the 2014 inaugural Russell Prize. Her chapbook manuscript, 'Overheard: The Deaf Woman Poems' was a 2018 finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. She is currently creating new work as a 2019 Jack Straw Writing Fellow.




Thursday October 24, 2019 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Spin Cycle 321 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

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