About

The Lit Crawl L.A. Organizing Team

LEAD ORGANIZERS
Sally Shore, Lit Crawl L.A. Co-Founder & Project Director & Host, The New Short Fiction Series
Rosalind Helfand, Lit Crawl L.A. Co-Founder & Outreach Director, Literature for Life Managing Editor; Sci-Fest LA Short Story Competitions Director
Conrad Romo, Lit Crawl L.A. Co-Founder & Host, Tongue & Groove Reading Series
Gerda Govine, Sponsorships Coordinator
Cerrina Tayag-Rivera, Production Coordinator
Brandi Spaethe, Volunteer Coordinator
Andrew Ramirez, Webmaster

CURATORIAL CREW
Jamie Asaye FitzGerald, Director of the California Office, Poets & Writers, Inc.
Peter J. Harris, Writer and Inspiration House Director
Rosalind Helfand, Literary Programs Producer & Designer
Conrad Romo, Host, Tongue & Groove
Sally Shore, Host, The New Short Fiction Series
Mike Sonksen, Poet; KCET Writer; Woodbury University Professor
Brandi Spaethe, Program Assistant, Poets & Writers, Inc.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE PARTICIPANTS
Jene Brown, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Los Angeles Public Library
Shannon Currie Holmes, North Hollywood BID Marketing Director
Karol Sarkisyan, Management Fellow, County of Los Angeles Public Library
Brandi Spaethe, Program Assistant, Poets & Writers, Inc.

LIT CINE COMMITTEE
Sally Shore, Host, The New Short Fiction Series
Carlye Archibeque, Assistant Director, Beyond Baroque
Greg Laemmle and Marc Horowitz, Laemmle Theatres

 

Lit Crawl L.A.

On October 23, 2013, Los Angeles literary organizations debuted Lit Crawl L.A. in the North Hollywood Arts District with an emphasis on Greater Los Angeles’ diverse literary communities.  Participating presenters included Dirty Laundry Lit, The Rumpus, Get Lit, Los Angeles Review of Books, Black Clock, Red Hen Press, Beyond Baroque, The New Short Fiction Series, Tongue and Groove, The World Stage, and many others.  NoHo has been the perfect location for this annual Lit Crawl affiliated with the national October Lit Crawl series because of its designation as an arts district, the diversity of venues within a walkable radius, and its proximity to the Metro Red and Orange Lines.

We are now in our 5th year and are excited to celebrate with you on October 25, 2017! Events will be held in restaurants, bars, galleries, theaters, and more over the course of three, 45-minute rounds and make sure not to miss the afterparty!

What Is Lit Crawl?

The Lit Crawl was created by San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival back in 2004, and the idea was simple: let’s transform an ordinary bar crawl into a mob scene of literary mayhem. Could we take over a neighborhood, or two, add pop-up events to every venue that might allow it (bars, cafes, bookstores, theaters, galleries, clothing boutiques, furniture showrooms, parking lots, Laundromats, bee-keeping supply shops), invite dozens of authors to read from their work, and watch hundreds of literati tromp the route and get drunk on words — all for free?

Not only was the concept wildly popular, it has expanded every year. San Francisco’s closing night Lit Crawl now attracts over 6,000 people, and is the world’s largest such event. In 2008 Lit Crawl NYC launched in Manhattan, also an immediate hit. Austin was next, swarming for the first time in 2011. And in 2012, Lit Crawl birthed two more Lit Crawls, one in Brooklyn, another in Seattle. The first London Lit Crawl was held in September 2013.

The striking thing about Lit Crawl, actually, was not the variegated writerly menu; nor was it the variety of venues—54 of them, including bookstores, bars, coffee shops, galleries and a bee-keeping supply store. Rather it was the specter of writing and literature—literature!—transforming an ordinary Saturday night in the neighborhood into a carnival of sorts. Up and down Valencia Street, crowds overflowed out of open doorways, and between readings, people hustled from one event to another or gathered on street corners clutching red Lit Crawl maps like participants in a mammoth scavenger hunt.

—New York Times describing San Francisco’s Lit Crawl 2011.

Our Team

The Lit Crawl L.A. Organizing Team ORGANIZERS Lit Crawl was brought to Los Angeles by Rosalind Helfand, Conrad Romo, and Sally Shore. Sally Shore, Executive Director Gerda Govine Ituarte, Community Outreach and Grant Writer Ron Gutierrez, Data Manager and Marketing Liaison Roger K. Weiss, Sponsor and Accounts Administration Carlye Archibeque, Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Prueher, Presenter …