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DC Literary Pub Crawl!

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$15.00 (click here to go to our store and pick one up!)

It’s back! Please join Barrelhouse and MoonLit on Saturday, April 28th for the second annual DC Literary Pub Crawl. This year, we’ll bring contemporary and engaging literary voices into Columbia Heights, showcasing and celebrating local literary artistry.

Join us from 3:00-7:00 to enjoy drink specials and an afternoon of literature and community. Tickets are $15.00 and will include admission to all three readings as well as drink specials at each venue. All profits go directly to the artists.


3:00-4:00 - The Airedale (Featuring: Sally Wen Mao, Dan Brady, and D. Nolan Jefferson)

4:00-5:00 - Meridian Pint (Featuring: Allison Titus, Pages Matam, and Katy Day)

5:00-6:00 - The Coupe (Featuring: Marissa Higgins, Jennifer Chang, and Samuel Ashworth)

6:00-7:00 - After Party at The Coupe!

After the event is over, stick around The Coupe for an after party and celebration of the wonderful DC Literary community. Questions about the event? Contact Kristen Zory King at


*Please note: This is a community event and a community includes people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. With that in mind, we will be live streaming the event on facebook from 3:00-6:00 for those who are unable to join us at each venue. In addition, there will be a small viewing party at The Coupe - the only ADA accessible venue - for those who are unable or do not want to travel to and from the first two venues. Those who choose to attend the viewing party and third reading will not be charged admission.


Sam Ashworth - Sam Ashworth's fiction, essays, and criticism have been published in BarrelhouseCatapultHazlittNylon Magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, and numerous others. He writes the "Dispatches from the Swamp" column for the Rumpus about life in DC in weird times, where he gets to call bad people mean names, which he finds deeply therapeutic. He's finishing an MFA in Fiction at George Mason University, and currently, he's writing a novel about the life and death of a chef, told through his autopsy.

Dan Brady - Dan Brady is the author of the poetry collection Strange Children, forthcoming from Publishing Genius in 2018, and two chapbooks, Cabin Fever / Fossil Record (Flying Guillotine Press) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press). He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two kids.

Jennifer Chang - Jennifer Chang received a BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, an MFA from the University of Virginia in 2002, and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia in 2017. She is the author of Some Say the Lark (Alice James Books, 2017) and The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008). She currently serves as an assistant professor at George Washington University and lives in Washington, D.C.


Marissa Higgins - Marissa Higgins is a queer writer and editor based in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on queer issues, class equality, and the body. Her poems have appeared in SoftblowNoble/Gas QuarterlyRogue AgentApogee, and Bone Bouquet. Her nonfiction has appeared in GuernicaSalonThe Rumpus, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and beyond. SHOPGIRLS is her first book.

D. Nolan Jefferson - D. Nolan Jefferson is a librarian at American University in Washington, DC. A California native, he has earned MFA degrees in Film from Art Center College of Design and a MLIS from Louisiana State University as a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans, a program established to help rebuild libraries after the storms of 2005. He is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at American University and won the 2017 AWP Intro Journals Project for his short story, “South of Eight” which was published in Tahoma Literary Review and has a new short story out this spring in Red Savina Review. He enjoys tacos, short fiction collections, and fellow introverts.

Pages Matam - Pages Matam is an international artist & educator from Cameroon, Central Africa, currently residing in Washington D.C. He is the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets, a Callaloo Fellow, and Write Bloody published author of The Heart of a Comet (2014), which won Best New Book 2014 from Beltway Poetry Quaterly and was a Teaching for Change bestseller. A national and 2x regional poetry slam champion, he has passions in the field of education, violence and abuse trauma work, immigration reform and youth advocacy. He has been a featured artist and performer on Upworthy, Huffington, Okay Africa, Macy’s, The Pentagon, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, BET Lyric Cafe, TV One’s Verses & Flow (Season 4 & 5), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Smithsonian African Art Festival. He has performed across the world in Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Sweden, UAE. He is a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic.

Sally Wen Mao - Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award, a Poets & Writers Top Ten Debut of 2014, and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Anticipated Pick of Fall 2014. Her second book, Oculus, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019.  Currently she resides in Washington, D.C. as the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University.

Allison Titus - Allison Titus earned an MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College. In 2006, her chapbook Instructions from the Narwhal won the Bateau Press Chapbook Prize. Her first book of poetry, Sum of Every Lost Ship (2009), won the Cleveland State University Editor’s Prize. Titus's latest book is Arsonist's Song Has Nothing to Do with Fire (Etruscan Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in absent magazineCrazyhorseDenver Quarterly, and Octopus Magazine.

Titus lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, poet Joshua Poteat.

About Barrelhouse: Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organization produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor.

About MoonLit: MoonLi was founded in 2017 as a way to creatively connect community. Through literary and arts based programming and events, MoonLit strives to bring together artists of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please contact Kris at