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On Thursday, October 13th, on the eve of the Boston Book Festival, come celebrate the city’s literary past, present and future at the inaugural Lit Crawl Boston, a night of irreverent literary programming in Boston’s Back Bay. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., intrepid readers will choose from a variety of unique literary events including games, performances, provocations and other oddities, all in surprising venues ranging from cafes and art galleries to barbershops and shoe stores.

This moveable feast in one of the most walkable cities on the planet is FREE, and most of the events will offer free beer and wine

The Boston Lit Crawl is held in three “Rounds” plus a closing reading at the Central Burying Ground (Boylston and Charles Street). Guests can choose to attend just one event during each Round - 630PM, 730PM, 830PM-- or “crawl” from event to event. The schedule is as follows: 

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Thursday, October 13
 

6:30pm

Kidlit Drink Night
Imagine spending time with your favorite children's book characters, all grown up and out on the town. Boston's meetup group for children's authors hosts a mixer with a purpose: Fill out your bingo card by finding characters based on clues from the books that feature them (i.e., "Find someone who enjoys a butterbeer after a hard day at the Ministry"). There will be prizes for the first few to claim "Bingo!" Guests are welcome to sign up to represent their own favorite kid's lit characters. Costumes encouraged (but not required)!

Speakers
avatar for Dianna Sanchez

Dianna Sanchez

Dianna Sanchez is the not-so-secret identity of Jenise Aminoff, whose superpower is cooking with small children. She is an MIT alumna, graduate of the 1995 Clarion Workshop and Odyssey Online, active member of SCBWI, and former editor at New Myths magazine. Aside from 18 years... Read More →
avatar for Marlena Zapf

Marlena Zapf

Marlena Zapf holds a master's in children's literature from Simmons College, where she was a Virginia Haviland scholar. She worked in educational publishing for years before writing her first picture book, "Underpants Dance." She loves to dance a LOT, play with kids, conduct occasional... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bukowski Tavern 50 Dalton Street, Boston

6:30pm

AGNI Presents "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?"
Agni is excited to join LitCrawl Boston to present  “Whose Line Is it Anyway?,” a hilarious and highbrow night of literature, guessing games, and other foolish fun. Come hang out at the School of Fashion with Agni contributors and watch these authors guess the author of sentences culled from great works. Short readings by the authors will start the night. The event will start at 6:30 sharp.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Evans Pritchard

Daniel Evans Pritchard

Editor / Poet / Critic, The Critical Flame
Daniel is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame (criticalflame.org), an online journal of literary nonfiction, criticism, and interviews. Daniel advises AGNI on digital strategy and serves on the board at Salamander Magazine. His work has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Terez Dutton

Nicole Terez Dutton

Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and Salt Hill Journal.  Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and... Read More →
avatar for Carissa Halston

Carissa Halston

Fiction writer
Carissa Halston is a fiction writer, book designer, and editor. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Willow Springs, Fourteen Hills, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is the Editor-in-Chief of apt, a literary journal devoted to longform work, and Co-founding... Read More →
avatar for John Hodgen

John Hodgen

John Hodgen is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester. Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for "Grace" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). His fourth book of poetry, "Heaven & Earth Holding Company," came out from University of Pittsburgh... Read More →
avatar for Laura Kolbe

Laura Kolbe

Laura Kolbe's poems have appeared in The Awl, the Cincinnati Review, the Colorado Review, the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review and elsewhere. Her fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, The Literary Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Recently... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, JESSE, A MOTHER’S STORY OF GRIEF, GRACE AND EVERYDAY BLISS, was published by Simon & Schuster... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
School of Fashion Design 136 Newbury Street, Boston

7:30pm

Mugshot Musings: A Writing Exercise
You are handed a mugshot of a real person with no details included about who they might have been. You now must create a short description of who they could be. It's up to you to create a backstory. Join Boston Writers' Meetup for this exercise to stretch your word muscles during short writing sessions. At the end of each session, sharing is encouraged, but not required. 

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barbershop Lounge 245 Newbury Street

8:30pm

GrubStreet Presents Exquisite Corpse
GrubStreet presents the Exquisite Corpse. If you’ve never heard of Exquisite Corpse, here’s how it works: One person writes the first few paragraphs. The final line of those paragraphs is sent to the next writer, who continues the story. Then the writers come together to read their collective tale, without knowing where it began or where it will end. The only direction offered for this night’s “corpse": because Halloween is around the corner, make it spooky. 

Moderators
avatar for Eve Bridburg

Eve Bridburg

Executive Director & Founder, eve@grubstreet.org
Eve Bridburg founded Grub Street in 1997 with the goal of creating a supportive yet rigorous place to study writing beyond the halls of academia. The experiment was a success from the beginning, convincing Eve that there was a great desire in Boston for a literary arts center where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery's writing has been selected to appear in Prairie Schooner, The Caribbean Writer, Passages North, Salt Hill Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, and elsewhere. His story, "Stripper Pants," was selected as the Editor's Choice pick for Solstice... Read More →
avatar for Alden Jones

Alden Jones

Author, THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS
Alden Jones’s most recent book is The Wanting Was a Wilderness, coming soon from Fiction Advocate. Her story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, won of the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, and an Independent Publishers Book Award in Short Fiction. Her memoir, The... Read More →
avatar for Eson Kim

Eson Kim

Director of Community and Youth Programs, GrubStreet
Eson Kim holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and her stories have appeared in magazines such as Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, and The Massachusetts Review. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B... Read More →
avatar for Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean

Author, WE MIGHT AS WELL LIGHT SOMETHING ON FIRE
Ron MacLean teaches writing at GrubStreet. His short fiction has been anthologized, and has appeared widely in magazines including GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Night Train, Other Voices, Drunken Boat, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is author most recently of... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston