The inaugural Bombay Beach Lit Fest is a four-day weekend of literature and conversation in Bombay Beach, CA on the Salton Sea. One of few free festivals in the desert region, our event falls during the Bombay Beach Biennale, a renegade celebration of art, music, and philosophy every January through March.

No ticket sales, no wristbands, no sponsors, no merch, no separation of performers from the audience. After cancelling what was supposed to be our inaugural event in March 2020 when the pandemic hit, we’re back with many of our original performers plus new rockstar writers and concepts like a whole Environmental Day. We can’t wait to welcome the literary community to this haven of creativity.

Bombay Beach Lit Fest is the brainchild of writers Gina Frangello and Rob Roberge, but when California issued shelter-at-home orders less than two weeks before the inaugural festival was to take place, Frangello and Roberge were disappointed, but undaunted. Three years later, the debut Bombay Beach Lit Fest is a production of an all-volunteer staff. Entrance is free. Events kick off at 4pm on Thursday, March 30, and close with an 8pm headline performance on April 2.

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea, California


March 30-April 2


Readings, panels, workshops, and live music


Headline events 8pm nightly, featuring
March 30 - “Transgressions” with Alex Espinoza and Claire Vaye Watkins
March 31 - “Writing in the Desert” with Susan Straight and Tod Goldberg
April 1 - “Activism Through Writing” with Natashia Deón and Lacy Crawford
April 2 - “Unconventional Female Protagonists” with Samantha Dunn and Ava Homa