Creative Colloquy Crawl

October 5th was a night to remember, thank you all for your support, stay tuned for next year and visit us on Facebook to see and share photos and video of the event!

Creative Colloquy Crawl is an annual storytelling festival set in Tacoma. Our vision is to present a matrimony of the written word, music and art to celebrate our rich creative culture.

6-6:45 PM

CANDLELIT STORIES, Sanford and Son: Ghosts, Bogeymen and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night. Gather for scary tales in Tacoma’s Haunted Library. Featured storytellers include Mark Henry (Happy Hour of the Damned), Lish McBride (Necromancer), Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder series), Elizabeth Beck (Creative Colloquy) and a special appearance from Fort Nisqually Bonfire Storyteller, Sarah Comer. ALL AGES.

THE DAILY PAPER MISFITS, Zodiac Supper Club: Forget current events, the best part of flipping through the morning pages lie towards the back with your daily horoscope and Dear Abbey columns. Explore the science of the stars with Leah Mueller (Allergic to Everything, Queen of Dorksville) and visit Tacoma’s own anti-Abbey Jack Cameron (Ruin Your Life, Fifteen Minute Stories), our Daily Paper Misfits. 21+

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONGS, Doyle’s Public House: Lyrics narrate tales with a melody and Tacoma’s own Kim Archer will journey through the storytelling process using the medium of music. 21+

LOUDER THAN A BOMB/WORDPLAY TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP, King’s  Books: Teens and young adults: Bring your polished poems or first drafts to the open mic at King’s Books! A hub of Tacoma culture and phenomenal place to connect with your fellow local scribes. Sign up the night of show! Arrive the hour before open mic and sit in on a free writing workshop presented by the poetry slam team from Gig Harbor (winners of Louder Than a Bomb 2016), as part of the WordPlay workshop series, presented by Write253 and sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission. ALL AGES

SONG OF MY/SELF, B Sharp Coffee House: Song of My/self will steep you so deep in the reasons for being alive, you’ll leave breathing a little clearer. With poems and stories of social identity, justice, family and witness, UWT‘s finest creative writing students and faculty member poet Abby E. Murray promise to leave you feeling full of song and self.


7-7:45 PM

PAINT TO THE TUNE OF A STORY, Harmon Taproom: Wordsmiths Cathy Warner (Burnt Offerings) and Titus Burley (Creative Colloquy) weave colorful tales you may find as a muse for creation. Paint, draw, scribble to your heart’s content. Art kits created by Tinkertopia . 21+

DRUNKEN TELEGRAPH: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, B Sharp Coffee House: Storytellers and Drunken Telegraph organizers Megan Sukys and Tad Monroe take the stage and visit the theme, There’s No Place Like Home. ALL AGES.

POETRY & PINTS, Odd Otter: Grab a brewski and enjoy the poetic prowess of Peter Munro, Paul Nelson (SPLAB) and Emilie Rommel Shimkus. ALL AGES.

THE ARTISTRY OF VISUAL NARRATION, Destiny City Comics: Stories can be conveyed with more than a pen to paper. Featured artists include Delia Gable, Nick Butler (Turtledust Media), and Troy Kehm-Goins (Troy’s Work Table Publishing). These three artist will discuss their creative processes and work. ALL AGES


8-8:45 PM

CINEMA STARTS HERE, Doyle’s Public House: We honor John Jameson’s birthday by playing tribute to Jameson’s First Shot features, highlighting the art of the screenplay. Jenni Prange Boran introduces a segment of WISHBONE. When the bones of a kidnapped child are discovered years after her disappearance, her mother sets about on a quest of questionable intention to memorialize her daughter by planning an art show of the portraits she’s painted of her child as she might have grown since her disappearance. Mark Lindquist (Never Mind Nirvana, King of Methlehem) will play emcee and read from his 1990 novel, Carnival Desires. 21+

STORYTIME BURLESQUE, King’s Books: Celebrate Banned Books Week as the Gritty City Sirens, the women who put the T & A in Tacoma, read from banned and challenged picture books to show why they could have been banned (instead of why they were). Adult.

THE FUNERAL OF SIR FRANCIS ROTTENFOOT SENIOR, Zodiac Supper Club: The Funeral of Sir Francis Rottenfoot Senior is the first poetry performance piece in a series called Lanonia Adventures by Rachel Lionheart. In these stories of heightened imagination, Rachel pieces together the sometimes out-of-this-world experiences in grief, friendship, nature, love and great change. Visit to share in the making of stories yet to come! 21+

BEAUTIFUL ANGLE: THE STORY BEHIND THE STATEMENT, Harmon Taproom:  For more than 13 years, Beautiful Angle has been creating street art posters in Tacoma. Now is your chance to hear the legends behind the prints, as well as the spoken-word version of the posters themselves. Come and listen to tales of severed fingers, failed presidential campaigns, and the absolutely true, acid-fueled story behind their name and logo. Words and pictures by Tom Llewellyn and Lance Kagey. 21+

CC AFTER DARK: WELCOME TO BLISS, Tacoma Cabana: Creative Colloquy invites you consenting adults to turn your literary libidos loose at CC After Dark: Welcome to Bliss. In Oly author Lynn Savage’s novel, Mr. Klein’s Wild Ride, “Bliss Panerotic” is an island theme park catering to polyamorous adventurers. At CC Crawl, it’s a chance to get lei’d, order a signature cocktail, groove to sexy sax and enjoy the seductive words of Lynn Savage and Heather Pilder Olson–plus some steamy surprises. Are you ready to find your bliss? 21+

2016 Venues Include:






Click here to check out our inaugural Crawl’s line up












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