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Lit Crawl: Seattle

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  — Free

We are thrilled to be part of Lit Crawl this year! Think of Lit Crawl Seattle as a free cool reading at your favorite bar, times about 30. Our goal is to bring all of Seattle’s diverse poets, writers, and storytellers to the forefront…with a drink in their hand and yours.

Lit Crawl Seattle is one of 7 literary pub crawls founded by Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival. Litquake itself was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 4,600 author appearances for an audience of over 100,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco’s thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals.

Join us Thursday, October 24th for two stops:


It’s time to listen to the ghosts. You’re invited to join Anis Gisele, Sara Brickman, Troy Osaki and Shelby Handler as they speak to the ghosts that brought them here. These poets will offer work on ancestry and the blood that keeps surviving.

Featured Artists:

Anis Gisele is a poet, a survivor, a riot, and a believer of anger and disobedience as an Azn femme. They are the recipient of fellowships and awards from VONA/Voices, Everyday Feminism, King County’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, and other institutions, both marvelous and complicated. They come from Manila, Philippines and from so many women who were told to be quiet.

Sara Brickman is a Jewish and gender-queer writer, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the 2015 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a five-time member of Seattle slam teams, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and more. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and a Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, Sara’s poems and prose appear in Narrative, Adriot, BOAAT, Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

Troy Osaki is a Filipino Japanese poet, community organizer, and attorney from Seattle, WA. He’s a Kundiman fellow and a three-time Seattle poetry grand slam champion. His work has appeared in the Bellingham Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Moss: A Journal of the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere. He writes in hopes to build a safe and just place to live in by uniting the people and reimagining the world through poetry.

Shelby Handler is a queer Jewish writer and organizer living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019-20 Hugo House Fellow, Shelby’s work has also received support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Asylum Arts, the Yiddish Book Center, Artist Trust, Gay City Arts and Winter Tangerine. Their work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival”, among others.



As a genre, what is Weird with a capital “W?” Haunting. Cosmic. Existential. Evan J. Peterson, Elly Bangs, and Oscar McNary chart the Weird territories of the imagination through original fiction with a queer spin–in every sense of the word. “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.” ― Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Featured Artists

Elly Bangs was raised in a new-age cult, had six wisdom teeth, and once rode her bicycle alone from Seattle to the Panama Canal. Now she lives in Seattle, where she spends her days fixing machines and her nights screwing around with words. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy’s Edge, and Strange Horizons, and her post-apocalyptic cyberpunk novel is on its way from Tachyon Publications. She is a proud Dreamcrasher and graduate of Clarion West 2017. You can read more of her work at

Evan J. Peterson
Evan J. Peterson is the author of Drag Star! (Choice of Games), the world’s first drag RPG, as well as The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir (Lethe Press). He is a Clarion West alum and author of the horror poetry chapbooks Skin Job andThe Midnight Channel as well as editor of the Lambda Literary finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing has appeared in Weird Tales, Unspeakable Horror 2, Queers Destroy Horror, Boing Boing, and Best Gay Stories 2015. He cohosts and coproduces WONDER: Women of Fantasy and Science Fiction in can tell you more.

Oscar McNary writes weird stories in Seattle. His work has appeared in Two Hour Transport Anthology 2019; the Lambda Literary Award Finalist anthology Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology V; Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest; and Eunoia Review. Oscar’s poems are collected in three chapbooks. He facilitated the all-trans writing group, Trans Writes! 2010-2011. He co-created the short film, “Robin Hood is So Gay,” which screened at the Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco trans film festivals in 2011-2012. He is a proud Dreamcrasher. You can follow his work at

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