First Halloween-themed Lit Crawl planned in Downtown Pittsburg

  Friday, October 26, 2018 3:00 PM
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A Halloween-themed literary crawl in which Lori Martin participated during graduate school inspired her and other creative writing faculty to start one in Pittsburg this year. It will be held Monday, Oct. 29. 

“It was fall, a little crisp outside, and we all trundled together to hear other grad students read poetry and fiction,” recalled Martin, now an assistant professor in English & Modern Languages at Pittsburg State University. “Lit crawls are a perfect combination of community, art, and movement.” 

Martin would go on to organize a few literary crawls for the Astra Arts Festival in Independence, Kansas, one of which drew University Professor Laura Lee Washburn and her husband, Roland Sodowsky, both writers, to do readings. 

When I mentioned doing one here to the other faculty, they were all excited and supportive,” Martin said. “We're hoping this kicks off a tradition.” 

Planned from to 8:30 p.m., the literary crawl will feature Halloween-themed poetry and fiction readings by PSU faculty, students, and writers from the community in several locations downtown.  

The event will kick off 6 p.m. with a reading at the Pittsburg Public Library308 NWalnut St. Readings will then move from T.J. Lelands108 W. Sixth St., to Root Coffeehouse, 802 N. Broadway, to Eclectic Soul Studio, 601 N. Broadway, lasting until 8:30 p.m.  

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. 

That afternoon, staff from PSU’s student-run literary magazine, Cow Creek Review, along with PSU faculty, will offer workshops in both poetry and fiction at Pittsburg Public Library. Planned from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the workshops will focus on generating and discussing new material. They are free and open to the public.


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