Theater Schmeater Belltown
Recommended by Rich Smith
Word Lit Zine editor Jekeva Phillips created this storytelling extravaganza, along with Theater Schmeater, in an attempt to breathe some life into boring old book fests. Instead of just having people read their carefully arranged fantasies in close proximity to wine and cheese, she's pairing improv actors with regional writers to bring literary works to life. There will be games! Prizes! Special guests! Improvised plays inspired by poems! Dramatic interpretations of real-life stories told by audience members! Other things to get exclamatory about include the excellent headliners (poet Quenton Baker and Hugo House prose writer in residence Sonora Jha), as well as the Bibliophilia Pub Crawl in Belltown, which starts the week before on April 12. Participating bars have mixed up new cocktails inspired by literature, and the proceeds will be used to pay the performers.