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Acclaimed Author Samantha Irby Headlines Lit Crawl Chicago

Acclaimed Author Samantha Irby Headlines Lit Crawl Chicago The Neo-Futurists announce acclaimed humor writer and essayist Samantha Irby ("bitches gotta eat") as the headliner of Lit Crawl Chicago 2018 on Saturday, September 22 from 3-11 p.m. Curated by Jessica Anne, Gwynn Fulcher and Lindsay Muscato, and featuring more than 100 artists and writers in dozens of free events throughout Andersonville and Uptown, Lit Crawl Chicago is the local incarnation of a much-loved literary fest celebrated across the country-an audacious attempt to pack as much of Chicago's literary culture as possible into one walkable radius.

In addition to her popular blog, "bitches gotta eat," New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby has published several books of essays including Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. She will be interviewed by WRITE CLUB founder and Chicago writer/performer Ian Belknap on Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Avenue) as the final event of Lit Crawl Chicago 2018. Copies of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life will be available for purchase on site.

Tickets to Irby's reading and book signing event are $25. Tickets to performances of Tangles & Plaques at The Neo-Futurist Theater are $10-$25. All other Lit Crawl Chicago events are free. For the most up-to-date festival lineup, please visit

For the third year in a row, Lit Crawl Chicago is celebrating voices across the disciplines of writing: theatre makers, novelists, comedians, storytellers, satirists, live essayists, poets and others devoted to the written and spoken word. Events take place in bars, theaters, museums, coffee shops, comic book stores and more. The festival is curated by nearly two dozen literary luminaries, who will collectively feature over 100 artists and writers.

Venues for Lit Crawl Chicago 2018 include: The Neo-Futurist Theater (5153 N. Ashland Avenue), The Green Mill (4802 N. Broadway Street), Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark Street), Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark Street), the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark Street), Early to Bed (5044 N. Clark Street), Good Deal Garage (1552 W. Olive Avenue), Coffee Studio (5628 N. Clark Street) and Alley Cat Comics (5304 N. Clark Street).

Lit Crawl Chicago 2018 is a project of The Neo-Futurists and the LitQuake Foundation. The festival is sponsored by Women & Children First, and curated by Jessica Anne, Lindsay Muscato and Gwynn Fulcher. Lit Crawl is a registered trademark of the LitQuake Foundation. This event is the Chicago incarnation of a much-loved literary fest that's an annual thing in San Francisco, New York, Portland, Austin and other cities.


Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this season, The Neo-Futurist Theater is a collective of writer-director-performers who create theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and living newspaper. The company has created more than 10,300 plays to date within its flagship late-night event (now known as The Infinite Wrench) and more than 65 full-length mainstage productions incorporating its signature non-illusory, interactive style of performance. From humble beginnings launching the first late-night theater production in Chicago, The Neo-Futurist Theater created what became the city's longest-running show and has grown to become one of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the United States, with sister companies in San Francisco and New York. For more information, visit

The Neo-Futurist Theater is partially supported by grants from Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Arts Work Fund, The Chicago Community Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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