On July 12th, 2014, over 1000 readers, authors, publishers, and book lovers will fill the streets and venues of Uptown Oakland for the 3rd annual Beast Crawl free literary festival.
More than a hundred writers will be spread out over three hours and numerous local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts. Past venues have included Telegraph Beer Garden, Awaken Café, Farley’s East, Era Art Bar & Lounge, Punchdown Wine Bar, Layover Lounge, Legionnaire Saloon and many more.
Beast Crawl readings are community powered and curated events and we invite a diverse collection of local reading series producers and literary rock stars to participate such as last year’s lineup including Tourettes Without Regrets, Black Futurists, PAWA, Saturday Night Special, Quiet Lightning, East Bay on the Brain, Lyrics & Dirges, Kelsey Street Press, and many more.
Get your applications in early. While we would love to accommodate everyone, venue locations are limited. This year we are targeting to include 30 readings, plus an ongoing open mic throughout the night to provide a space for more voices to be heard. Deadline for your application submission is 11:59PM March 1st!
Acceptance will be based on several criteria including local connection, diversity, literary history, and vision. We encourage both previous Beast Crawl curators and newcomers to submit.
Please note: Beast Crawl has a one writer/one reading policy. So writers can only read at one event, and curators are only allowed to read at their own events. Please take this policy into consideration when submitting a curator application.
The Beast has moved!
Happy Friday Everyone! We’ve rolled out a brand new website for The Beast Crawl and we’re so excited we just can’t wait any longer for the internet gods to update DNS records and other nonsense that makes no sense to beasts like us. So without further ado, point your browsers to http://beastcrawl.weebly.com! Eventually beastcrawl.com should just direct you there so that’s the link you’ll wanna bookmark for safe keeping.
As for this here Tumblr, don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere. This is where The Beast will post last minute Beast-related happenings that you might be interested in. We’ll also be highlighting some venues and readings in the coming days and weeks to get y’all excited for the crawl. As if you needed to be more excited, right?
So for now, take a tour of our new site. We’ll be updating it with more venues and detailed reading descriptions, as well as all the info you need to plan your night as we get closer to the date. This year we’ve included a handy table to inform you about what you can find at each venue, and we’ve got links to all our favorite social hangouts. The FAQ will also be updated regularly with any questions you might have, so be sure to drop us a line over there if you’ve got a burning question that the site doesn’t answer.
We hope you like the new site, and we can’t wait to see you all on July 6th!
It’s the return of the original Beast Crawl T-Shirt!
The Beast is on Twitter and Facebook. The Beast likes it when you talk about The Beast. The Beast likes it when you “like” The Beast. The Beast likes it when you follow. The Beast really needs to stop talking in the 3rd person.
So remember kids, for all things Beast-related, be sure to use #beastcrawl if you want The Beast’s attention.
Oakland is the Brooklyn of the Bay Area - it’s where the artists live. To be part of Beast Crawl is to crawl among giants.”
— Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution