Lit Crawl Boston 2021 Lit Crawl Boston 2021

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Poetry+Science: Session 1
Danielle Legros Georges
Danielle Legros Georges
Poetry of Science
Miriam Manglani
Miriam Manglani
Poetry of Science
Suparnamaaya Prasad
Suparnamaaya Prasad
Poetry of Science

To kick off your evening at Lit Crawl, swing by Popportunity at Starlight Square for pop-up readings and performances by poets Danielle Legros Georges, Miriam Manglani, and Suparnamaaya Prasad as part of Poetry of Science, a collaboration between Cambridge-affiliated poets and local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. This project is supported by the Cambridge Arts Council.

FREE; no registration required

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Mystery Making
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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Clea Simon
Clea Simon
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Kate Flora
Kate Flora
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Dale Phillips
Dale Phillips
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Leslie Wheeler
Leslie Wheeler
Mystery Writers of America—New England
Carolyn Marie Wilkins
Carolyn Marie Wilkins
Mystery Writers of America—New England

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In this fun, fast-paced improv game sponsored by Mystery Writers of America–New England, mystery authors Kate FloraTilia Klebenov JacobsDale PhillipsClea SimonSarah SmithLeslie Wheeler, and Carolyn Marie Wilkins will construct a brand new mystery using suggestions from the audience. This session will be introduced by Robin Young, host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR.


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Two Italian Gals Walk Into a Bookstore: Creating a Community for Italian American Writers in Boston

Come hear the hosts of Boston’s Italian American Writers Association Reading Series, Julia Lisella and Jennifer Martelli, exchange poems round-robin style. Before the pandemic, they hosted lively open mics, featured readers, and annual salons at I Am Books in Boston's North End, creating a real community for Italian American writers and lovers of Italian culture. They welcomed both new and established writers to their monthly readings. In March 2020, without skipping a beat, they moved to an online format, joining forces with their sister organization, IAWA New York, over Zoom, but they are looking forward to live events in Boston soon. You can be part of it! Join in a fun game to help discover IAWA’s next live home!  

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required

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Face Your Fears and Find Your Treasure

Join us for an evening about the perils and rewards of facing and embracing fear, as authors Sandra A. Miller and Erica Ferencik share tales from their own dark woods. There will be a brief exploration exercise to make everyone a little braver, and some inspiration to lead you onto your own path to discovery and treasure. In fact, one lucky participant will even leave with some loot. Erica spent a month in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, researching her novel Into the Jungle. Sandra details a life of treasure hunting and foreign adventures in her memoir, Trove: A Woman’s Search for Truth and Buried Treasure. They are both very brave.

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required

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Poems to Go
Cassandra de Alba
Cassandra de Alba
Mass Poetry
Julia Story
Julia Story
Mass Poetry

Get your quick poetry fix! Mass Poetry presents the Traveling Poetry Emporium: poets Cassandra de Alba and Julia Story will offer poems-to-order on your subject, composed right before your eyes. Visitors to this booth can name any topic—large or small, real or imagined, object-specific or broadly thematic. One of the Emporium's poets will compose an original poem on your topic within five minutes, typed on a manual Hermes typewriter. The poet will read the poem aloud before handing you the only existing copy of the poem, which is yours to keep. Come with five minutes and leave with a one-of-a-kind made-to-order poem!

FREE; no registration required

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Poetry+Science: Session 2

In between phases, swing by Popportunity at Starlight Square for pop-up readings and performances by poets Sophie Laurence and Luisa Apolaya Torres as part of Poetry of Science, a collaboration between Cambridge-affiliated poets and local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. This project is supported by the Cambridge Arts Council.

FREE; no registration required

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Bloomsday with The Here Comes Everybody Players
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Starlight Square (Mainstage), 84 Bishop Allen Drive

The Here Comes Everybody Players is a Boston-based theater group primarily involved in interpreting the works of James Joyce for stage and street. Get ready for Bloomsday on June 16 with the Here Comes Everybody Players’ unique take on Ulysses and other Joyce favorites! This session will be introduced by Robin Young, host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR.


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The Art of (Writing About) Reading

Bibliomemoir has been described by Joyce Carol Oates as “a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate, confessional tone of autobiography.” Put another way, bibliomemoir approaches critical analysis from a personal perspective, removing the glaze of pretension so often found in conventional criticism, and instead examining the act of reading and interpretation as closely as it examines the text itself. In this panel, four writers (Kim AdrianAdam ColmanAlden Jones, and Kim McLarin) of creative critical texts on books by James Baldwin, Cheryl Strayed, Ben Lerner, and Karl Ove Knausgaard discuss their work and this wonderfully elastic, exploratory genre.

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required

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Conversations with Art: Ekphrastic Writing in Graffiti Alley

Art urges us to look more closely at the world around us, and at ourselves. In Central Square’s Graffiti Alley, there’s an ever changing gallery of portraits and messages from local artists. In this generative writing workshop with poets Alexis Ivy and Heather Nelson, participants will choose an image to have a “conversation” with. Each writer will be given prompts and questions in order to interact with their image. After having this dialogue with art, writers can pick eight of their favorite lines and arrange them into a working draft of an ekphrastic poem, to share with each other and the community.

FREE; pre-registration required

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Brave New Whirl: COVEN Literary Trivia Wheel

Enjoy some simple fun with COVEN for Good! Spin the wheel, answer a literary-themed trivia question, and win a prize for a correct answer! And who knows, maybe you'll be lucky enough for the wheel to offer you a free prize! Prizes will vary from literary-themed buttons and postcards to quote prints from some of COVEN’s past trivia events. And while you're there, you'll have a chance to vote on what their next trivia theme will be. Follow @covenforgood on any social media, and you'll get an extra spin!

FREE; no registration required

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Poetry+Science: Session 3
Charles Coe
Charles Coe
Poetry of Science
Rachel Wahlert
Rachel Wahlert
Poetry of Science

In between phases, swing by Popportunity at Starlight Square for pop-up readings and performances by poets Charles Coe and Rachel Wahlert as part of Poetry of Science, a collaboration between Cambridge-affiliated poets and local scientists of color to create a poem about their inspiration as scientists and their field of study. This project is supported by the Cambridge Arts Council.

FREE; no registration required

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Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Clea Simon
Clea Simon
Mystery Writers of America—New England
E. C. Ambrose
E. C. Ambrose
Broad Universe
Anne E. G. Nydam
Anne E. G. Nydam
Broad Universe
Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Local members of Broad Universe, an organization for female and under-privileged gender authors of speculative fiction, present their signature Rapid Fire Reading with authors E. C. Ambrose, Anne E. G. Nydam, Clea Simon, and Sarah SmithFour authors, eight minutes each--anything could happen!

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required

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GrownUp StoryTime
Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore
GrownUp StoryTime Boston

GrownUp StoryTime is a session of funny, heartwarming, crazy, amazing stories read aloud. They take short stories (fact, fiction, and everything in between) written by the community, give them to local performers, and funny, heartwarming, exciting storytelling magic ensues. 

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required

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Silence, Madness, Secrets, and Apologies: A Night with Tell-All
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Molly Howes
Molly Howes
Tell-All Boston
E. Dolores Johnson
E. Dolores Johnson
Tell-All Boston
Alicia Googins
Alicia Googins
Tell-All Boston
Michelle Bowdler
Michelle Bowdler
Tell-All Boston
Sebastian Stuart
Sebastian Stuart
Tell-All Boston

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Tell-All Boston, Boston’s only live-on-stage literary reading series dedicated to the craft of memoir and personal essay, presents an irreverent reading from four debut authors—Michelle BowdlerMolly HowesE. Dolores Johnson, and Sebastian Stuart—emceed by actress and memoirist Alicia Googins. This session will be introduced by Robin Young, host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR.


FREE; pre-registration required on Eventbrite

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Voices: South Asian Immigrant Stories

"Voices" is a storytelling show (in the tradition of The Moth) that brings true stories from South Asian immigrants (and their descendants) to the community every other year. Produced by the Bengali theater group “Off kendrik,” a wide-ranging set of tales of social bloopers, emotional scars, cultural isolation, and verbal blunders thins the border between the South Asian diaspora and American life. For this event, five tellers will share short, true stories from their lives as immigrants in America. If time permits, there may also be an open mic for audience members to share their own.

$15; includes complimentary snacks (drinks available for purchase); pre-registration required