4th Annual Get Lit Crawl

Let’s take literature back to the streets. Join us at bars and coffee shops around the city. Listen to the talented writers from around the region as they dazzle you with their work. Featured performances by We All Write, the Straw Mat Writers, and the Dead Metaphor Cabaret. Locations: The Daily Refresher, Skylark, and Roc Brewing.


We All Write
Location: The Daily Refresher
We All Write is a writing collective of dynamic Black women located in Rochester, NY. Members of the collective include Tokeya C. Graham, Founder, Selena Cochran, Kristen Gentry, Reenah Golden, Lu Highsmith. Their work has appeared widely, everything from poetry to plays, and they have performed at numerous venues throughout the city.

To learn more about We All Write, visit their Facebook page:

Straw Mat Writers
Location: Roc Brewing Company

Straw Mat Writers are a group of four extraordinary women with ordinary lives who challenge and inspire each other to write and to workshop original works that will ultimately compete in the public space of the literary world. Our works, as varied as our membership, include poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and drama. Members include Maria Brandt, Elizabeth Johnston, Angelique Stevens, and Pam Emigh Murphy.

As a group, they have won numerous awards including the Solas Award for Best Women’s Travel Writing, the Grassic Short Novel Prize, a Best of the Net nomination, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Notable Essay listing in Best American Essays. The Straw Mat Writers have published nationally and internationally in literary magazines and anthologies, with small presses, and through a production license venue, and they have produced short and long plays through various theatre companies and venues across the country.

To learn more about the Straw Mat Writers, please visit their website:

Dead Metaphor Cabaret
Location: Skylark Lounge

Dead Metaphor Cabaret is a stripped down incarnation of the long-running Dead Metaphor literary music project featuring Curt and Nani Nehring Bliss as instigators, joined over the years by upwards of a dozen instrumental collaborators from FLCC’s student body, alumni, and faculty. The Dead Metaphor has performed twice at The Rochester Fringe Festival at Writers & Books (with a third one coming up September 21 ) and their current line-up includes some of the area’s finest musicians: Ryan Yarmel on bass (who also plays with ‘Aaron Lipp and the Slack-tones,’ ‘The Mt. Pleasant String Band’ and ‘Yarms’), Scott Calpin on mandolin (who also plays with the Honey Smugglers), and Johnnie Guerrie on Drums (who also plays with The Hummingbirds)

The Dead Metaphor concept is bound up in the idea of revival. Named for the notion that our language is prolific with figurative utterances, all lost to their original denotations because of over-use, the Dead Metaphor project pursues the habituated expression, adapting and recontextualizing the familiar to make it new again. As poets are prime movers in this business of linguistic resurrection, Curt and Nani turn to poems by the likes of Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Jane Kenyon, William Stafford, and Margaret Atwood for inspiration. Drawing from blues, cabaret and art song, Curt and Nani use original musical interpretation to explore the territory that straddles the fruitful borders of music and poetry.

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