Lit Crawl NYC




“To anyone and everyone who would rather jam to Virginia Woolf than a woofer. Who still fancies Hemingway the all-time bar-brawl champ or has, at some point, uttered the word ‘transcendental’ in a social setting. To anyone who has ever snuck a flask into the library. This is your night.” –The Village Voice

The first Lit Crawl NYC took place in 2008, along a rambling route from the Lower East Side, to the East Village, and over to Williamsburg. Since then, the upstart Lit Crawl has become a permanent and highly anticipated fixture on New York City’s packed literary calendar. Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via brainy readings and wacky events such as Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy alongside Tarot card readings, Flash portraiture, mobile photo booths, music from publishing house bands, and hundreds of other events full of readers, writers, fun-loving boozers, and all-around literary mayhem.

Since 2015, Lit Crawl NYC has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, a community of 4,400 writers, translators, and literary professionals dedicated to protecting free expression and promoting literary culture.

If you’re interested in being a curator, a venue host, or a sponsor of the Lit Crawl series, please direct your queries to [email protected].


For more information about Lit Crawl NYC and its history, check out these links, including a great oral history of Lit Crawl that Lit Hub published last fall:

How to Make Readings Not Boring: An Oral History of Lit Crawls Across the Country (Lit Hub) 

At Lit Crawl NYC: Literary Types Drink, Some Sing (Lit Hub) 

A Heady Cocktail of Books and Booze (New York Times) 

Books and Booze: Your Lit Crawl NYC Schedule (TimeOut) 

Lit Crawl: Postcard from New York City (Poets & Writers) 

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