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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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Lit Crawl Seattle is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike

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Thursday, October 24 • 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Alchemy Reading

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Alchemy is a curated performance art space that elevates voices that are often silenced.  Poets share their brilliance by offering personal stories and reflections that are socially relevant.  We are powerful artists and our space allows our audience to witness the craft at its highest form. We believe that art is a divine power to create community. Follow us on Instagram at @alchemypoetryseries. At our Special Edition at LitCrawl, we’ve invited some powerful poets: Ben Yisrael, Chelsey Richardson and Jessica Rycheal to offer their stories. Hosted by Ebo Barton.

Featured Artists

Ebo Barton is a Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, poet and educator. Barton’s career began with competing in poetry slam. Their most notable poetry slam accolade is placing 5th in the world in 2016. They and their work have been featured in Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Review of Books, and Crosscut. Their work touches on political issues from a personal point of view and often is birthed from the struggles of living in the identities that they are. Ebo believes in the power of language and art as a tool for revolution.

Jessica Rycheal is an interdiscplinary storyteller and Art Director from Macon, Georgia. She's carved space for herself in the pacific northwest with a career commercial design strategy, and her debut photography exhibition “EVERYDAY BLACK” at the Northwest African-American Museum. However, her healing journey and a few intuitive guides led Rycheal back to her first love, writing. In this medium, Rycheal explores themes of self-healing, generational trauma, and self-love. Though the disciplines in which Jessica Rycheal works vary, the common thread unifying her diverse mediums of expression is story-telling. Her passion for story-telling is rooted in a love for her people and advocacy for holistic black liberation. It is this love and passion that yield the emotive, impactful and relatable body of work for which Rycheal is known. This October, Jessica Rycheal will be featured in a group exhibition called “Face First” at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Ben Yisrael is a performance poet, storyteller, and writer. Yisrael has participated in the performance poetry community since 2005. He has been a member of 10 National Poetry Slam (NPS) teams. He is a NPS team finalist and a 2-time NPS semi-finalist. Some of his performance accomplishments include being the 2010 Dallas Poetry Grind Slam Champion, the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam 17th ranked poet in the world, the 2014 NPS Haiku Champion, and the 2017 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion. He is the co-founder of Mic Check, one of the longest running poetry readings in Texas, and is a curator at Alchemy Poetry Series in Seattle WA.

Chelsey Richardson is an experimental dreamer-poet. The CD Forum said this about her, “Her writing requires you to think critically and examine the world in which we live. She is a writer that truly represents independent poetic expression. There is a cleverness and creativity in her prose that draws the reader or listener in. She is an amazing teaching artist and mentor in Seattle who is poised for a dynamic career.” She prefers to weave together the most uncommon and the most disliked stories about people, places and things. She is the creator of, “Black Unicorn”- an IG story that represents black people and the normalcy of living.

Thursday October 24, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PDT
Ada's Technical Books & Cafe 425 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

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