Lit Crawl Boston 2019 Lit Crawl Boston 2019


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

826 Boston's Lovelorn Literary Trivia

Is an ex-partner, unrequited love, or disastrous relationship getting you down? You’re not alone when you have books! Join us and the many lovesick characters of fiction as we test our bookish cred in a game of Literary Trivia, hosted by Margaret Willison and Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. We can’t wait to raise a glass with you to jilted love!

A Little Box of Yes

Join writers Ethan Gilsdorf, Molly Booth, Tim Weed, and fellow writer turned host Brian David Mooney for improvisational storytelling based on Synapsis, a new storytelling prompt and game from Storymatic Studios. Here’s how it works: The storytellers will draw cards from the Synapsis box. The cards prompt them to write one sentence, which they will imagine comes from a certain kind of story. As each writer improvises answers about the story from the sentence, they begin to discover the story, setting, and characters. Audience participation welcome!

Immigrants in Conversation

“Immigrants in Conversation” brings together voices from the Italian American writing community of New England in this Italian American Writers Association (IAWA)–sponsored event to read about the immigrant experience from their own work and the work of other writers they admire. Readings will explore the ways in which the immigrant experience lodges in the bones and minds of generations of Americans and will illustrate the relevance and relationships between and among immigrants over time.

Music and Modern Irish Poetry

Boston-based drama group the Here Comes Everyone Players will present an evening of modern Irish poetry that reflects the energy and freshness of a changing society and how these changes are addressed by a new generation of younger poets, mostly women. The experience of motherhood, the question of the Irish language, the pull of the past, and the dilemmas of the present are treated with passion, lyricism, simplicity, and humor. The show will include Irish music.

No Fixed Address

Since 2015, No Fixed Address Press has been publishing in broadsheet form the work of writers from the homeless community of downtown Boston. At this one-of-a-kind reading, publisherJames Parker will present a program of writers from the NFAP roster. There will be poetry, protest, prayer, memoir, and reportage from the streets and shelters of the city. Broadsheets will be on sale.

Youth Spoken Word Poetry Slam

Some of the most exciting new talents in Boston and beyond will compete in a fast-paced, engaging poetic competition where "the points aren't the point, the point is the poetry." For the past several years, MassLEAP has brought young people together from all parts of the community to tell their stories and elevate their generation's collective voice through poetry slam festivals, youth leadership programs, and community events. Don’t miss your chance to see tomorrow’s poetry superstars—today!

Nixes Mate: History, Literature, and Boston

Nixes Mate is named after the navigational hazard in Boston Harbor where, during the colonial period, pirates and mutineers were hung and gibbeted as a warning to recalcitrant sailors. Nixes Mate has published poetry and fiction that ties Boston and New England’s sense of place and history to itself and to the greater world. Through the spoken word, presenters will explore gender roles, racial identity, and man-made disasters that have shaped Boston for better or for worse.

One-Star Reviews

Think The Great Gatsby is the G.O.A.T.? Did Charlotte’s Web make you cry—in a good way? Do you adore Toni Morrison’s Love? Chances are someone else disagrees with you—passionately. Comedian Wes Hazard will read hilarious Goodreads one-star reviews of classic literature. Your job? To guess which celebrated canonical works are being panned. Contestants with the three highest scores will each win a pair of VIP badges to Boston Book Festival 2019!

The Great American Poetry Challenge

Get ready to flex your poetry muscles in this competitive creative challenge! Attendees will be grouped into five teams, and each team will be appointed an established poet — Anna V.Q. Ross, Febo, Ben Berman, Enzo Silon Surin, or Colleen Michael — as their team cheerleader. Mass Poetry will provide a series of prompts (e.g., a certain number of lines, a certain meter, in the style of a certain poet). Each team will have up to 20 minutes to write their poem. For the last 15 minutes, one member from each team will read their poems aloud, and the winner will get a prize, including a gift card from Aeronaut Brewing!

Writers Behind the Bar

This session, sponsored by GrubStreet, brings together great local writers who also know how to mix a mean Old Fashioned. Award winning story teller Jannelle Codianni will serve as MC and will mix up some great conversation between the authors.  Temple Bar bartender Haley Hamilton writes a weekly column dedicated to booze, bar culture and other vices at Mel Magazine and is at work on her first memoir, All My Friends Have Pineapple Tattoos. Before Joe Fox could find Manhattan on a map, he knew it was a drink. A former MacDowell Fellow, he is at work on a memoir about his late father, a long-time barman at the fabled Algonquin Hotel. James Stotts is the bar manager of Bistro 5 in Medford as well as a celebrated poet whose most recent collection is Since. Writers who drink may be a tired cliche, but we know that writers behind the bar have some of the best stories to tell.

Writers Talk About Writing

...AFTERWORDS are uncommon books that blend personal essay and literary criticism. Four Afterwords authors — Stephanie Reents (writing on Blood Meridian), Stacie Williams (writing on The Fortress of Solitude), Adam Colman (writing on 10:04), and Alden Jones (writing on Wild) — discuss their creative approaches to blending literary criticism with memoir, read briefly from their work, and end with a trivia contest based on the authors they wrote about.

"Honey, I'm Holmes"

Honey, I’m Holmes: An Improvised Sherlock Holmes Mystery will feature some of the area’s best improvisers creating and solving a crime in the zaniest ways possible, based on audience suggestions!

Boston in 100 Words

Jane De León Griffin, Director of Boston in 100 Words, will be hosting an evening exploring micro-fiction, or in other words, very, very short stories. This is an opportunity to learn more about what makes a very short piece of writing a “story” and how short narrative fiction can really be. Has micro-fiction always been a popular literary genre, or has it taken on new meaning in the age of text messaging and tweets? This event will explore these questions and more. Audience members will also get the chance to try their hand at writing their own short-short stories and creatively play with the format.

Food Will Keep Us Together

When we break bread, strangers become friends. In this session, we’ll share stories of how food affects relationships in communities, across generations and borders. Students of Boston University’s Gastronomy program will share original works. Authors Crystal King (The Secret Chef),Dariel Suarez (A Kind of Solitude), and Grace Talusan (The Body Papers), will share excerpts from their recently published books. Hosted by Deborah Norkin, Food Writing Editor at Pangyrus Literary Magazine. Come early to score a free pretzel from Fat Boyfriend Bakery!

Four Stories

Four Stories is a literary series bridging Greater Boston’s nightlife and arts community. In this special installment hosted by Sari Boren, we will be featuring Chaya Bhuvaneswar, a PEN American Bingham Debut Fiction award finalist; David Blair, the author of three books of poetry and a recent collection of essays, Walk Around; Brad Felver, whose debut collection of stories, The Dogs of Detroit, won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Melanie Pryor, a nonfiction writer who focuses on women, the wilderness, and the coastal and bush landscapes of Australia where she has spent most of her life. So come experience Four Stories. It’s like a nineteenth-century salon complete with socializing and witty banter. Corsets optional.

Poetry is Busy

Poetry Is Busy is a multidisciplinary experience, a rich mixture of arts that intertwine; expanding the way we perceive literature and readings. 

Silent Book Club

Always wishing you had more time to read? Trying to meet more bookish folks? Then Silent Book Club is perfect for you! Treat yourself to a session of self-care by making time for yourself, enjoying a lovely beerage, and meeting new people. We’ll start off with some mingling to break the ice, have some leisurely reading time, and wrap up together by sharing book recommendations. The book is not assigned; just bring the one you are currently reading and dive in! The first ten attendees can receive a mini-manicure, compliments of MiniLuxe!

Awkward Afterparty: PoemJazz with Robert Pinsky and Friends

Wrap up your Lit Crawl evening and meet up with fellow crawlers at Boston’s smartest new performance space—WBUR CitySpace—for a PoemJazz performance. Using his voice as a musical instrument, Robert Pinsky, along with musicians Stan Strickland on reeds and vocals, Hankus Netsky on piano, and John Lockwood on bass, will improvise a conversation between the melodies of spoken sentences and the melodies of music. Will there be awkward mingling and hesitant dancing? Almost certainly. Will you want to be there? Most definitely. Sponsored by 90.9 WBUR. Cash bar.