Lit Crawl L.A. – Where Literature Hits the Streets of NoHo!

 The 5th Annual Lit Crawl® L.A. comes to the NoHo Arts District Wednesday, October 25, 2017 “Where Literature Hits the Streets.”

L.A.’s biggest literary night out features more than 200 SoCal writers and artists in more than 36 literary performances and readings atrestaurants, galleries and more!

For the fifth consecutive year, thousands of literary arts lovers from throughout Southern California will converge in the NoHo Arts District for one night of “literary mayhem” at Lit Crawl® L.A. On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:00PM to Midnight, over 36 restaurants, bars, theatres, galleries and more will host literary happenings featuring hundreds of SoCal’s best writers and artists! An expected audience of over 3,500 will again enjoy performances, readings and meet-and-greets with well-known L.A. authors, in addition to dozens of members of L.A.’s diverse, hot literary scene. Lit Crawl L.A. is FREE to attend with the exception of the Closing Party.

Lit Crawl L.A. is held in three 45-minute “rounds” plus an Opening Program and Closing Party. Guests can choose to attend just one event each round or “crawl” from event to event. The current schedule is as follows:

* 6:00PM Opening Program and Poet Laureate Parade
* 7:00PM Round One
* 8:00PM Round Two
* 9:00PM Round Three
* 10:00PM Closing “Speak-Easy” hosted by Amazon Studios

The most current Lit Crawl L.A. schedule is below and online at


Groundworks/Historic North Hollywood Train Station Plaza, 11275 Chandler Blvd.


iLead North Hollywood | Poets 4 Progress
Groundworks/ Historic North Hollywood Train Station Plaza, 11275 Chandler Blvd.

California State University, Northridge Graduate Reading Series | CSUN Solidarity: Poetry, Protest, and the Power of Story
Featuring: Ashley Aminian, Jesse Clemens, Starlon Hithe, Members of Vocal ARTillery.
North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station Plaza, 5391 Lankershim Blvd.

Nurses and Hypochondriacs | Rogue Nurse Media 501c3 | Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling Show
Featuring: Sam Feirstein, Lisa Medway, Ersilia Pompilio, Suzanne Travis.
North Hollywood Metro Orange Line Bus Station Plaza, 5373 Lankershim Blvd.

The Rumpus | Heartache and Whores: How We Write Sexuality
Featuring: Sara Benincasa (Emcee), Janet Capron, Ashley Perez, David Treuer, Christopher Zeischegg.
Romantix, 4877 Lankershim Blvd.

Los Angeles Review of Books | Revolutionary Reads
Featuring: Joshua Clover, Boris Dralyuk, Janet Sarbanes, Jervey Tervalon
Skinny’s Lounge, 4923 Lankershim Blvd.

University of California Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts | Heat It Up! Writers from the Hottest M.F.A. Program, UCR Palm Desert
Featuring: Yennie Cheung, Allison Hedgecoke, Darlene Kriesel, George D. Morgan, Ruth Nolan, Douglas Wood.
Dog Haus, 4929 Lankershim Blvd.

The Roots and Wings Project | Matriarch
Featuring: Jesse Bliss, Sigrid Gilmer, Roger Mason, Ramona Pilar, Diane Rodriguez, Selene Santiago, Patricia Zamorano.
Gallery 800 at The Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd.

Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter | The Great L.A. Mystery Throwdown
Featuring: Anne Louise Bannon, Gayle Bartos-Pool, Gay Kinman, Janet Lynn, Nancy Silverman, Laurie Stevens, Will Zeilinger.
Blastoff Comics, 5118 Lankershim Blvd.

The Here Salon | Poems of Resistance, Resilience & Survival
Featuring: Jessica Abughattas, Chelsea Bayouth, April Henry, Jeremy Radin, Alex Ustach.
XMA HQ, 5140 Lankershim Blvd.

Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program | Committed to Craft
Featuring: Angela Bullock, Tim Cummings, Nathan Elias, Mireya Vela, Tanya White.
The Eclectic, 5156 Lankershim Blvd.

The Dimes | Death and Other Funny Stories
Featuring: Marnie Goodfriend, Jian Huang, Weny L
abinger, Natalie Lima.
Pitfire Pizza Patio, 5211 Lankershim Blvd.

Featuring: Caroline Gamero, Bobby Gordon, Nayeli Knudsen, Linda Ravenswood, Brian Sonia Wallace.
The Pizza Press, 5077 Lankershim, Blvd.


Egg Mountain | Why Not? – A Suggestion in Neo-Benshi
Featuring: Giovan Alonzi, Amanda Choo Quan, David Connor, Chelsea Dright.
Gallery 800 at The Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd.

Red Hen Press | Red Hen Press Presents: Fowl Language
Featuring: Brendan Constantine, Gabriel Jesiolowski, Siel Ju, Douglas Manuel.
The Eclectic, 5156 Lankershim Blvd.

Santa Monica Review | “Beneath the Cobblestones, the Santa Monica Review: Literary Provocations by Four Contributors to the West Coast Lit Mag”
Featuring: Dawna Kemper, Ryan Shoemaker, Andrew Tonkovich, Sandy Yang.
Art Institute of California/ Hollywood-Fifty 2 Fifty Café, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.

Exposition Review | L.A. in a Flash
Featuring: Lisa Beebe, Alessandra Castellanos, Jason Dennis, Annlee Ellingson, Jack Liskin, Melissa Secola.
Greenhouse Juice Bar, 5253 Lankershim Blvd.

UCLA Wordcommandos | UCLA Wordcommandos: Veterans Who Write
Featuring: Juan Carlos Gough, Philip Julian, Todd Pruitt, Alison Smith, Glen Sober, Mark Valley, Jevette White.
XMA HQ, 5140 Lankershim Blvd.

Still Waters | Sounds from the Waters
Featuring: Taalam Acey, Derek D. Brown, Melanie Luja, Oshea Luja, Jaha Zainabu.
El Tejano, 11122 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Border Council of Arts & Culture/BCOFAC | Be Nimble, Be Quick and Pivot: Pasadena Rose Poets @ Pasadena City Council
Featuring: Teresa Mei Chuc, Hazel Clayton Harrison, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Shahe Mankerian, Annette Wong.
Republic of Pie, 11118 W. Magnolia Blvd.

The New Short Fiction Series | Going to the Dawgs
Featuring: Miri Hunter Haruach, Mary Kuryla, Sherry Mandujo, Judy Marcelline, Christopher Meeks, Sally Shore.
Fat Dog, 11050 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Las Lunas Locas | Las Lunas Locas Present: The Womyn Showed Up and It Worked
Featuring: Christina Chavez, Emily Fernandez, Kay Garcia, Sabrina Im, Jasmine Iraheta, Laura Sermeno, Diane Tirado.
Holistic Tattoo and True Earth Juicery & Vegan Cafe 11042/11044 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Malibu Writers Circle | A Cool Buzz and Some Tasty Words
Featuring: Lianne Bonin, Robert Kerbeck, Michael Lemberger, Sandra Ramos O’Briant, S. Asher Sund.
Kahuna Tiki, 11026 W. Magnolia Blvd.

The World Stage | The Ovary Office: Women of the World Stage
Featuring: Wendy James, Vee Kali, Pam Ward, Special Surprise Ovary Guest.
Tamashii Ramen House, 11024 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Shades & Shadows | Eat Your Heart Out!
Featuring: Kathleen Kaufmann, Ben Loory, Gretchen McNeal, Mallory Reaves, Matt Wallace, Mercedes Yardley.
Pitfire Pizza Patio, 5211 Lankershim Blvd.

Angel City Review | Voices of the City| Angel City Review
Featuring: Nichelle Davis, Sesshu Foster, Ramon Garcia, Rose Quezada, Joe Ricciardi.
Vicious Dogs, 5231 Lankershim Blvd.


Tertulia Literary Salon | Castaway Shorts: Political & Social Updates from Gilligan’s Island
Featuring: Denise Emanuel Clemen, Constanze Frei, Betty Goldstein, Ron Gutierrez, Kevin Mangold, Rose Di Matteo.
Greenhouse Juice Bar, 5235 Lankershim Blvd.

Omnium Gatherum Media / HWA | Campfire Tales with Omnium Gatherum and HWA Authors
Featuring: Robert Payne Cabeen, Elise Edie Forier, Michael Paul Gonzales, Ace Antonio Hall, Kate Jonez, David Blake Lucarelli, John Palisano.
Pitfire Pizza Patio, 5211 Lankershim Blvd.

Jack Jones Literary Arts | Out of the Mouth and Into the Fire: Jack Jones Presents Black Women Poets Reading from the Body
Featuring: Shauna Barbosa, Allison Conner, Natalie Graham,Ashaki Jackson, Lilliam Rivera, Peter Woods (Deejay).
NoHo Plaza, 5223- 5225 Lankershim Blvd.

Featuring: Elizabeth Briese, Beverly Collins, Sigrid Bergie Feliciano, Joe Kennedy, James Levin, Radomir Luza, Mary Anneeta Mann, Patricia Murphy, John Rawlings, Justine Visone.
Vicious Dogs, 5231 Lankershim Blvd.

Los Angeles Poet Society | The Beat is Generations Strong
Featuring: Thomas Adams, Juan Cardenas, Jeffery James, Jeffery Martin, Trini Rodriquez, Lisa Segal, Jessica M. Wilson.
Literary Lane 1, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.

Returning Soldiers Speak | Returning Soldiers Speak
Featuring: Mary Lu Coughlin,Dallas Dorsett Mathers, Lisa Raggio, Glenn Schiffman, Leilani Squire.
Literary Lane 2, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.

Narrative Fault Lines | Hybrid Bodies, Monstrous Texts
Featuring: Sam Cohen, Petrina Crockford, Olga Garcia Echeverria, Emily Geminder, Cheryl Klein, Wendy Oleson.
Literary Lane 3, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore| Poets of The Wandering Song
Featuring: William Archhila, William A. Gonzalez, Susana Marcelo, Rossana Perez, Harold Terezon.
Art Institute of California/ Hollywood-Fifty 2 Fifty Café, 5250 Lankershim Blvd.

The Blue Hour Reading Series | Choice Words | The Blue Hour Reading Series
Featuring: Julia Barna, Mateusz Buga, Zora Ambrose Ellis, Lily Anne Harrison, Lauren Sharp.
Big Wangs, 5300 Lankershim Blvd.

Women Who Submit | Accepted! – A Celebration for Gender Equality in Publishing
Featuring: Lisbeth Colman, Alyss Dixson, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, Muriel Leung, Noriko Nakada, Alana Saltz.
Mod Pizza, 5300 Lankershim Blvd., #103

Made in L.A. Writers | Literary Trivia Night
Featuring: Dario Ciriello, Gabi Lorino, Allison Rose, Cody Sisco.
The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd.

Women’s Voices Now | From Yin to Bang! | Women’s Voices Now
Featuring: Emily Clark, Ariel Fintushel, Friday Gretchen, Heidi Basch-Harod, Jen Hitchcock, Diane Saller, Rose Tully.
District Pub, 5249 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood Metro Station Red Line Plaza, 5373 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood Bus Station Orange Line Bus Plaza, 5373 Lankershim Blvd.


The Eclectic, sponsored by Amazon Studios
5303 Lankershim Blvd.


MakMo Van | County of Los Angeles Library Opening Ceremony
Groundworks/Historic North Hollywood Train Station Plaza, 11275 Chandler Blvd.

Book Bike | Los Angeles Public Library Rounds 1 and 3, [on the street].

A few of the outstanding collection of 200 writers and artists participating in the 2017 Crawl include: actor/writer and Desert Storm veteran Mark Valley (Angel City Review); poet, actor and teacher Jeremy Radin (Always Sunny in Philadelphia); novelist and screenwriter Laurie Stevens (Autumn Dreams; Time Trax); writer, screenwriter and author Emily R. Clark (Voodoo Kitchen, Inside the Grace, Missing Lunch, PinkCity, Superstitious Man); Joseph Henry Jackson award-winner Alyss Dixson; KPFK 90.7 FM’s :Think Outside the Cage” producer, playwright, and actor Jesse Bliss; Obie Award-winning actor, writer and director Diane Rodriguez; author Gretchen McNeil, whose film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premieres later this year; producer and actor Kevin Mangold (Silver Spoons, Saved by the Bell, Seabiscuit); three-time Moth GrandSLAM Champion and Emmy winner Cole Kazdin, screenwriter Robert Payne Cabeen (Heavy Metal 2000, A Monkey’s Tale, and Walking with Buddha); poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood; sci-fi young adult author Allison Rose (Tick series); Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction winner Mary Kuryla; and more!

Lit Crawl L.A. is a walkable event. Each venue is within a walkable radius from the Metro North Hollywood Metro Red and Orange Line stations. Those traveling into North Hollywood from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena can also take the North Hollywood to Pasadena Express (Line 501). Guests are encouraged to Go Metro to attend this unique literary festival.

Lit Crawl L.A.’s major sponsors include: Amazon Studios (closing Speak-Easy sponsor), Kaiser Permanente (Official Walking sponsor), Knitting Factory Entertainment, Poets & Writers, Inc., Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and Laemmle Theatres.

Presenting partners include: The NoHo Arts District Business Improvement District, Los Angeles City Council District 2, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Partners, Los Angeles Public Library, and the County of Los Angeles Public Library

Lit Crawl’s Media Partner is:

Lit Crawl L.A. is the official Los Angeles affiliate of the Global Lit Crawl series which takes place in 15 cities including San Francisco, New York, Austin, Iowa City, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Cheltenham, England, Wellington, NZ, Kells, Ireland and Helsinki.

Lit Crawl L.A. is also made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and with the support of Community Partners.

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