DC’s literary scene is booming before our eyes. To support the growing movement, The Writer’s Center in Montgomery County and DC literary magazine Barrelhouse are joining forces to launch the first annual DC Literary Pub Crawl on August 27.
The Petworth-based pub crawl starts at Walters Sports Bar, continues at The Twisted Horn and wraps up at Upshur Street Books. Each venue has a playful quirkiness. Walters Sports Bar holds baseball-oriented happy hours, including a late happy hour for those who support West Coast teams. The Twisted Horn is a medieval-themed cocktail bar offering specialty drinks and food options, and Upshur Street Books hosts a variety of literary events on a monthly basis.
Petworth Citizen is the apropos location for the event’s after party. The neighborhood literary bar is also home to the Reading Room, where more than 3,000 color-coordinated books line the shelves and craft bartender Chantal Tseng leads a weekend cocktail program featuring literary-themed libations. Callahan says the lineup of bars provides a more intimate, participatory opportunity for both the featured writers and those attending the event.
At each stop on the crawl, three writers will participate in an hour-long reading. The Writer’s Center and Barrelhouse handpicked each writer, from “The Lady Gaga of Poetry,” Regie Cabico, whose work has been showcased in over 30 anthologies, to Tafisha A. Edwards, author of The Bloodlet, which won Phantom Books’ Breitling Chapbook Prize in 2016.
“We wanted writers who brought diversity [to] DC’s literary voices,” Callahan says.
The DC Literary Pub Crawl: Starts at Walters Sports Bar (3632 Georgia Ave. NW, DC); www.dcliterarypubcrawl.eventbrite.com