On July 12th, 2014

Uptown Oakland’s Beast Crawl will hold its third annual free literary festival featuring more than a hundred writers in a single night, spread out over three hours and numerous local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts. Past venues have included Telegraph Beer GardenAwaken CaféFarley’s EastEra Art Bar & LoungeCafé RandeVu, 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, Quiet Lightning, Berkeley Poetry Slam, Lip Service West and many more.

The inaugural 2012 literary festival, the first of its kind in the East Bay, was a huge success, attracting over 1500 audience members to the heart of Oakland’s burgeoning Uptown district. Last year’s 2013 festival grew on that success with even more curators, events, venues, and readings.

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.