Highlights from LitUp 2018

What teenagers had to say about LitUp 2018


“I finally feel like I’ve found kids who are like me.”


“This was a super fun festival!”


“Keep this going!”

LitUp 2018, by the numbers


  • Twenty-two bestselling, award-winning authors and artists, including Ishmael Beah, Rainbow Rowell, Nnedi Okorafor, and Clare Vanderpool

  • More than 500 attendees

  • Nearly a hundred volunteers

  • 334 submissions to the LitUp Creative Contest, from essays and short stories to poetry and art

  • Speakers, book signings, workshops, blackout poetry, origami, and a poetry slam!

  • Free food all day (including an ice cream truck!), free transportation, and free books!

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