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The Arts Resistance, Lit Crawl, & Our Traveling Bookstore


Lit Crawl, the finale of LitQuake, is an expansive gathering of writers & creatives bringing “literary mayhem” to the Mission each year.  It’s been heralded by The New York Times as a “specter of writing and literature — literature! — transforming an ordinary Saturday night in the neighborhood into a carnival of sorts.”

The 11th annual Lit Crawl will span over three hours in the Mission District’s Valencia Street corridor, featuring an astonishing 101 literary readings and events, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comedy and more, in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés, community spaces, a bookmobile, a vibrator store, and a police station.

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco’s Lit Crawl attracts close to 10,000 people, and is the world’s largest such event…

Get drunk on words!”

From the LitQuake website

lit crawl sf

The world’s largest literary pub crawl

Nostrovia! Poetry + our traveling bookstore are crossing the continent to kick off our third 2015 tour with The Arts Resistance’s Write Piercingly reading event at Lit Crawl San Francisco.


write piercingly the arts resistance

“…words can be like X-rays… You read and you are pierced…write piercingly. But… Can you say something about nothing?” Aldous Huxley.

Three generations of writers of Afghan, American, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, and Russian background and diverse belief systems deliver fiery tales of their personal quest for meaning in the context of a collective life. All authors have participated in The Arts Resistance event-actions in 2014-2015 and helped to support various causes: from funding the only US mobile bookstore run by teenagers to fixing a leaking roof in a Nepalese hospital to supporting the LGBT community in Putinist Russia. Always true to their core and with voices recognizable and resounding, our authors bring storytelling and spoken word to their shamanic roots by serving others and transcending the mundane by the power of language.”

From the Write Piercingly event page


Tamim Ansary / Charlie Getter / Yanina Gotsulsky / Simon Rogghe / Xiaojuan Shu / Jeremiah Walton  / Zarina Zabrisky


vadim rokhlin

Vadim Rokhlin – Man Yawning – 1975

The Arts Resistance is an organization using the arts to resist war & injustice in the world, while supporting human rights & creativity.  Their Radical Surrealists Hit The Streets event helped support fundraising for our traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels, during its launch at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival.

Zarina Zabrisky’s call for action & write up on The Arts Resistance, its origins, and goals, gives an in-depth take on the organization.


books & shovels

our new home

We’re currently in New Hampshire.  On Friday, October 2nd, we were supposed to hit the road after spending the last couple months preparing.  We worked odd jobs, from call centers to dressing up as oreos, to save the funds needed to head from New Hampshire to New Orleans, LA, to Tucson, AZ, and up to San Francisco, CA, for Lit Crawl.

jeremiah walton poet

am I ‘branding’ right?

Well, the day prior to departure, our initial vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Conversion Van, gave out on us.  Without the funds to repair it, we scrapped together our saving to pick up the beauty above, a beaten but well-loved 1992 Camry Station Wagon.  We’re currently jumping into the world of auto mechanics, one we know nothing about, to have the vehicle ready for departure as soon as possible.

Guiding us through the process, a mechanic friend of ours is volunteering his time to beat the tick of 3,132 miles.  We’re looking at not being road worthy till Monday, October 12th.  That throws a wrench in our initial plan for arriving in The City on the 15th.  Well, that familiar wrench is predicating us straight shooting from New Hampshire to California, departing the night of the 12th, to make it in time for the show.

If you’ve been following Books & Shovels since our launch at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, you’ll know these sorts of issues are nothing new.  You’ll also know we’re stubborn, and hell or high water, we’ll be at Write Piercingly.

w/ love, cheers!

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  1. Pingback: 4,269 miles later, we’ve landed in Tucson, AZ | Nostrovia! Tavern

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