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Oakland’s “Beast Crawl” Lit Festival (2024)

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Commune | 1716 Broadway, Oakland, CA

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27, 2024 kicking off at 3:30 PM at COMMUNE at 1716 Broadway. We have some new partners and are welcoming new activities starting TODAY!

That means you’ll get to see more lit like you want, discover more Oaktown clubs and hideaways, meet more people on the fly, and generally have a whole lot more fun. If you are not involved in one of the curated readings, we urge you to attend one of our THREE OPEN MICs because they are a hotbed of spontaneous creativity.


LEG 1. 4-5PM
LEG 2. 5:30-6:30PM
LEG 3. 7-8PM
LEG 4. 8:30PM

BCLF acknowledges that some curators have agreed to read in other events. We love that!
However, we request that curators not read in their own event if they are booked in another event for the purpose of fair inclusion.  Otherwise, curators not booked for another reading should feel free to read in their own event. Similarly, we respectfully request that you read at one event only, to allow for more people to join in the Festival.
If a Curator has a reading in an Event that occurs in the same Leg as their own, let us know who will facilitate yours while you read at the other. We can help you with that.

First, a huge thank you to these small businesses for participating in our festival!
BAM House 1540 Broadway
Binny’s 532 8th Street
Block Community Hub 1955 Broadway, Suite B
Bocanova 1111 Broadway
Bookmark Bookstore 933 Broadway
Chapter 510 546 9th Street
Commune Oakland 1716 Broadway
Feelmore Social Club 1542 Broadway
First Edition 1915 Broadway
The Good Hop 2412 Telegraph Ave
Itani Ramen 1736 Telegraph Ave
Kinfolx 1951 Telegraph Ave Suite B
The Legionnaire 2272 Telegraph Ave
Mercury 20 Gallery 475 25th Street
Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment aka MADE, 921 Washington
Night Heron 1780 Telegraph Ave
Punchdown Wine Bar 1737 Broadway
Summer Bar 526 8th Street
Telegraph Beer Garden 2318 Telegraph Ave
Theory Oakland 1644 Telegraph Ave
LEG 1 4pm-5pm
AfroSurrealist Writers Workshop – BAM House
Alameda County Youth Poet Laureates – Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
Bay Area Queer Writers Association – Binny’s
Black Futurism – Kinfolk
Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal – Itani Ramen
The Los Angeles Press – Theory Oakland
Oakland Youth Poet Laureates – Block Community Hub
Poetry Flash – The Punchdown
Poets of Sonoma – Mercury 20
Social Saturdays – Commune Oakland
The Throwback – Telegraph Beer Garden
Leg 1 Open Mic (Vinograd Open) – Chapter 510
LEG 2 5:30pm-6:30pm
Black Freighter Press – BAM House
California Writers Club – Block Community Hub
Clearly Meant – Itani Ramen
Collapse Press – The Good Hop
Colossus Press – Summer Lounge
The Erotic – Feelmore Social Club
Happy Endings – Bocanova
Leg 2 Open Mic (The Lockett Open) – Bookmark Books
Manic D Press – The Legionnaire
Milvia Street Journal – The Night Heron
Mission Chalk Circle – Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
Moondrop Productions – First Edition
Oakland Slam – Kinfolx
The Racket SF – Commune Oakland
Red Light Lit – Theory Oakland
SF Creative Writing – Chapter 510
SF Writer’s Workshop – Binny’s
Starting Points – The Punchdown
LEG 3 7pm-8pm
Apocrypha Press – Theory Oakland
Celebration of Queer Poets – Summer Lounge
​Leg 3 Open Mic (The DeSalvo Open) – Commune Oakland
Inner Ear Poets (of Fresno) – Bocanova
Kitchen Table – Block Community Hub
KSW Interdisciplinary Writers Workshop – First Edition
La Palabra Musical – BAM House
Moxie – Feelmore Social Club
The Naked Bulb – The Good Hop
Paper Press – Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment
Po Poets Journal – Bookmark Books
Punk Hostage Press – The Legionnaire
Tales From the Town – Binny’s
#we: Queer Perspectives – Chapter 510
When The Smoke Comes – Kinfolx
LEG 4 8:30-10:30
Afterparty at COMMUNE & Binny’s



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Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Fairs & Festivals, In Person, Literature, Theater & Performance
Venue: Commune
Address: 1716 Broadway, Oakland, CA

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