Imagine one night in Los Angeles where writers from all over the city converge to read, story tell, and perform their work in restaurants, galleries, bars, theaters...and even a hair salon! That's Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo debuting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm in the North Hollywood Arts District. Easily accessible by the L.A. Metro, the Lit Crawl is an entirely walkable event where audience members can sit down and enjoy a single reading, or spend their evening "crawling" from venue to venue and taking it all in.
Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo will feature many of Los Angeles's great Latino writers and writer groups from various regions of the city. Some of these writers include Conrad Romo, founder of the prestigious Tongue & Groove readings series, Avenue 50 Studio's renowned Poesia Para La Gente writers troupe, LA Weekly theater critic and playwright Luis Reyes leading a reading of new scripts, Gerde Govine Ituarte and Luivette Resto reading with The World Stage, the artist Gronk, and more.
The Crawl was first proposed by Conrad Romo and then championed together with Sally Shore, host of The New Short Fiction Series. Their dream is to unite the incredible diversity of Los Angeles's literary world in one evening in one district of the city. An ambitious first year, the Crawl will feature 23 literary events taking place at 12 locations and featuring over 100 writers. The action takes place in two rounds, the first from 6pm-7pm and the second from 7:30pm-8:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. An after party from 9pm-11pm will help to raise funds for the Crawl, and will feature free dessert and drinks. Tickets may be purchased through the Lit Crawl website.
The Crawl has inspired an outpouring of community spirit and support, as well. The LA Metro is a promotional sponsor of the Crawl, and is offering special Crawl related discounts. Accessibility was a key factor in creating a walkable event in Los Angeles, and the Crawl is located near major Metro Red Line and Orange Line stops, making it easily reachable from East LA and outlying regions of the valley, as well as from Hollywood, Downtown, and mid-city areas.
Rosalind Helfand co-founded the prestigious West Hollywood Book Fair and co-organizes community based literary programs across Los Angeles, including the debut Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo. Author's website