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Creative Colloquy Crawl offers 39 writers, 9 venues in one literary night

Local bestselling author Marissa Meyer, here reading at a Creative Colloquy event at B Sharp Coffee, will be one of 39 writers appearing in the Creative Colloquy Crawl Wednesday.
Local bestselling author Marissa Meyer, here reading at a Creative Colloquy event at B Sharp Coffee, will be one of 39 writers appearing in the Creative Colloquy Crawl Wednesday. Courtesy

How’s your literary stamina? On Wednesday, Tacoma writer’s group Creative Colloquy is holding a literary “crawl” that adds poetry and prose to the usual drink-and-walk pub crawl concept. Some 39 local writers, four artists and two musicians will be spread around nine downtown venues to share work in a simultaneous literary event from 6-9 p.m., followed by a party and book signing.

From the press release: “Our vision is to have the public come together and enjoy an evening of literary talents to celebrate the written word and connect with our local storytellers.”

Creative Colloquy, formed in 2014 by local writer Jackie Fender, encourages local writing by hosting a literary website, annual print review, monthly readings and occasional events. This is its first crawl, which brings in cafes, bookshops and other public spaces to host work across genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature and more.

Here’s the lineup:

6 p.m.

“Thrills, Chills and Fairy Tales”: Sanford and Son Antiques, 543 Broadway. Children’s literature authors Marissa Meyer, Kimberly Derting, Jennifer Shaw Wolf and Jennifer Chushcoff.

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”: Embellish Multispace Salon, 727 Commerce St. Short story writers William Turbyfill, Alec Clayton and Aaron Flett.

“Howl”: King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helen’s Ave. Allen Ginsberg’s 60-year-old literary classic performed by poet Michael Haeflinger and cellist Micaela Cooley.

“Favorite Faces”: The Forum, 815 Pacific Ave. 21 and older. Writers published by Creative Colloquy including Titus Burley, Jonny Eberle, Nick Stillman and Nicole McCarthy.

7 p.m.

“Motherhood/Otherhood”: King’s Bookstore. Writers on identity, including Laura Krufhoff, Renee Simms, Suzanne Warren and host Tiffany MacBain.

“The Final Frontier”: Odd Otter Brewing, 716 Pacific Ave. Sci-fi authors Christian Carvajal and Erik Hanberg.

“Celebrating Oral Tradition”: Doyle’s Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave. 21 and older. Drunken Telegraph co-founders Megan Sukys and Tad Monroe sharing true-life tales.

“Painting to the tune of a story”: Harmon Taproom, 204 St. Helens Ave. 21 and older. Literary fiction writer Melissa Thayer narrates while artist Starheadboy paints live.

“UW Tacoma presents”: B Sharp Coffee, 706 Opera Alley. Tahoma West staff Janie Miller, Chelsea Vitone, Sabrina Burns, Ipek Saday, Sarah Crawford and Zak Pelland.

8 p.m.

“Turn on, tune in, drop out”: Harmon Taproom, 21 and older. Andras Jones and Gabriel Roberts present part-memoir, part-travel guide.

“Intertwinings”: Doyle’s Public House, 21 and older. Playwright Nick Stokes and screenwriter Jenni Prange Boran.

“Rhythm n Rhyme”: B Sharp Coffee. Spoken word artists Lucas Smiraldo, Elijah Mu’ied, Sandy King and Elizabeth Beck

“20 to Life”: Venue TBD. 21 and older. Crime writers Mark Lindquist, Jack Cameron and host Joshua Swainston.

“The Artistry of Visual Narration”: Destiny City Comics, 218 St. Helens Ave. Comic artists Michaela Eaves, Colleen Frakes and Dan Martin talk about their work.

9 p.m.

After-party and book sale/signing at B Sharp Coffee.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568



What: Creative Colloquy Crawl.

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Venues across downtown Tacoma.

Cost: Free.