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Beast Crawl Literary Festival
September 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - September 3, 2017 @ 2:00 am UTC+0
On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl unleashes its sixth annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, spread out over three hours and nearly 40 local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts. Previous and current venues include Telegraph Beer Garden, Awaken Café, Farley’s East, Era Art Bar & Lounge, The Legionnaire Saloon, and many more.
Each leg of the Beast lasts one hour, and offers as many as a dozen readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. We recommend choosing one reading per leg. You can even plan your route in advance. Crawl maps listing all the venues, curators, legs, and after-party locations will be available online and at all the Leg 1 events.
To curate these literary events for Beast Crawl, we invite a diverse collection of local reading series producers and literary rock stars including Tourettes Without Regrets, Saturday Night Special, The Pedestrian Press, Kundiman, Be About It, Lip Service West, Pochino Press, Queer Spectrum Media, Oakland Crossroads, Mixer 2.0, and many more.
The name “Beast Crawl” derives from the Pig Latin for Beast, which is East Bay, symbolized by the classic Oakland image of the giant cranes that stalk our shore. We think every city should have its own unique literary identity, and Beast Crawl is the beating literary heart of Oakland.