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Monday, April 22
 

4:00pm PDT

Inspired Happy Hour
Please join us for a free happy hour event at The Wandering Table. Dishes and drinks inspired by the poetry of Keetje Kuipers, Laura Read, Claudia Castro Luna, and Dujie Tahat will be available for purchase. Visual art inspired by the poetry will be on display, courtesy of Spokane Arts and their SATURATE program, and we will still have musical guests as well!

The happy hour is free, and dishes/drinks and festival merch will be available for purchase.

Monday April 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Wandering Table 1242 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

5:30pm PDT

WITC Poetry Slams
*Registration begins 30 minutes before each slam. We ask that participants bring a book for donation as a registration fee. Books will be donated to the Books to Prisoners.

A slam is an event that makes space for creative thinkers to explore the power of their words both written and spoken. The Writers in the Community poetry slams turn the spotlight on teens (age 15-18) and college students of any age. Poets will perform their work in the form of a friendly competition, scored by experienced judges Mark Anderson and Fitz Fitzpatrick??. Each participant should bring two poems, and each performance will be scored, following the same rules as Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets are judged on content, originality and performance, and limited to three minutes per round.

The poetry slams are hosted by EWU’s Writers in the Community, a program which allows graduate students in Eastern’s creative writing MFA program to volunteer at area schools, correctional facilities, hospitals, shelters and other community organizations as creative writing teachers.

*Participants may compete alone or in teams. Participants on the cusp of one age group may choose where they feel more comfortable competing. We don’t place language or content restrictions on the slams, so we leave this decision to the poets and their parents. For more information contact witc.ewu@gmail.com.

Monday April 22, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Neato Burrito 827 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA
 
Tuesday, April 23
 

4:30pm PDT

Buying Time: The Ins and Outs of Writing Fellowships and Residencies
This panel discussion, featuring six award-winning writers, will provide insight into how to find the right experience for you; the writers will discuss their experiences—from research to the application process to how to make the most of your time. Lindsey Drager has received fully funded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the I-Park Foundation. Sierra Golden has been awarded fellowships and residencies by Hedgebrook, Hugo House, and The Elizabeth George Foundation. Keetje Kuipers has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a Bread Loaf fellow, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. Rena Priest's has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School, and attended a writer’s residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland in 2019. Anca L. Szilágyi is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Made at Hugo House, and Jack Straw Cultural Center. Dujie Tahat has earned fellowships from the Richard Hugo House and Jack Straw Writing Program.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Saranac Building / Magic Lantern Theatre 25 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA

5:45pm PDT

Out There: Writing the Natural World
Get Lit! is teaming up with the Spokane Riverkeeper to bring you a reading and discussion from writers whose work celebrates the natural world. Summer Hess is the managing editor of Out There Outdoors, the Inland Northwest guide to travel, adventure, and outdoor living. Paul Lindholdt is the author of In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau and editor of The Spokane River. In 2012, Lindholt won the Washington State Book Award for his ecological memoir. Joe Wilkins is the author of Fall Back Down When I Die, The Mountain and the Fathers, and several other poetry and short fiction collections. Wilkins writes about growing up in the rural west, family, violence, and how place shapes the people who live there.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 5:45pm - 6:45pm PDT
Saranac Building / Magic Lantern Theatre 25 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA

7:00pm PDT

Spark Central: Kitchen Fires Anthology release & reading
Join us for the Spark Central Kitchen Fires anthology release and reading as part of the EWU GetLit! Festival. Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, Kate Lebo, Megan Cuilla, Laura Read, Mark Anderson, and many other writers from our creative community will share pieces about the food that fills their kitchens. Book sales benefit Spark Central. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Spark Central 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm PDT

Women Writing the West
This reading, presented in collaboration with the Center for Justice and the Spokane Riverkeeper, brings together three women whose work both celebrates and is informed by the natural world, especially the rural West. Jennifer Boyden is the author of The Chief of Rally Tree which won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. She is also the author of two books of poetry. Boyden was a PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. Keetje Kuipers is the author of All Its Charms, Beautiful in the Mouth, and The Keys to the Jail. She has had poems published in over one hundred journals, and holds several fellowships and residencies, including the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, a collection of prose writings, and Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear. Kwasny is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Award and Alice Fay di Castognola Award for a work in progress, the Montana Art Council's Artist's Innovation Award. 

We would like to thank the Community Building Foundation and Niche Co-working Learning Studio for hosting us. 

Tuesday April 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Saranac Building / Magic Lantern Theatre 25 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA
 
Wednesday, April 24
 

12:00pm PDT

Reading & Revision with Melissa Kwasy & Joe Wilkins
Get Lit! and the Writers’ Center at EWU have teamed up to present readings from Melissa Kwasny and Joe Wilkins, followed by a discussion from these writers on the editing and revision process. The writers may bring along some “before and after” pieces to show the importance of revision in their own path to publication. The discussion will be moderated by EWU MFA alumni and Writers’ Center responder Taylor Kensel. Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today and Pictograph, as well as a collection of prose writings, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision. Kwasny recently published her first book of nonfiction, Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear. Joe Wilkins's memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, won the GLCA New Writers Award for nonfiction, and his work has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Harvard Review, and Slate, among many other periodicals. He is a Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the National Magazine Award and the PEN/USA Award.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
EWU Spokane Center, Suite 257 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd

2:00pm PDT

Intro to Literature with Claudia Castro Luna
Eastern’s undergraduate course “Introduction to Literature” opens its doors to the public for a special talk and reading from current Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Castro Luna served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of Killing Marías and This City.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
JFK Auditorium 320 Media Lane Cheney, WA 99004 United States

6:30pm PDT

Broken Mic featuring Claudia Castro Luna
Broken Mic, Spokane’s longest-running weekly poetry slam series, and Get Lit! are partnering to present a feature from Washington State’s Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. This event will also feature a reading from one of the winners of our 2019 Writers in the Community Poetry Slams. Writers interested in reading at this event should sign up by 6pm at Neato Burrito.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Neato Burrito 827 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA

7:00pm PDT

The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities at SCC Presents Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange is the author of There There, a multi-generational, fast-paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. One of The New York Times' top books of 2018, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Orange talks about his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture.

We would like to thank the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities at Spokane Community College for presenting this event. 


Wednesday April 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Spokane Community College 1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217, USA
 
Thursday, April 25
 

7:00pm PDT

Poetry and Prose with Jonathan Johnson and Sharma Shields
Join us for our annual Poetry & Prose event featuring two local literary powerhouses who are both debuting new books this year! This event is free and open to the public.
Jonathan Johnson is the author of May Is An Island. "If the dead are a sea and the living an island, these poems speak from the shore. Their steady company consoles and reminds us that the wages of mortal awareness and sorrow endured can be attention and generosity. From mournful solitude and wanderings as far as Paris, Greece and Spain, Johnson returns again and again to his familiar Scottish coasts, Highlands, and relations; to fatherhood and romantic love; to sensory wonder and the reverence of moments; and now and then to outright grace."

Sharma Shields is the author of The Cassandra. Kirkus gave The Cassandra a starred review: “Rooted in the geography and culture of the communities Hanford displaced, Shields’ reworking of the classic myth—about a young woman whose warnings about a future she alone can see are ignored—is filled with grotesque and violent images and episodes of keening sorrow. Shields delivers what her heroine cannot: a warning, impossible to ignore, about the costs of blind adherence to ideology.”

Learn more about Sharma and Jonathan on our author page! https://getlitfestival.org/2019-festival-authors/

Thursday April 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Downtown Public Library 906 W. Main Ave Spokane WA

9:00pm PDT

Pie & Whiskey: Heroes and Villains
Everyone’s favorite event, Pie & Whiskey, is back for it’s 8th year, with an exciting twist! To celebrate Sam Ligon’s serialized novel Miller Cane: A True and Exact History, published in weekly installments in The Inlander, the event will have a special heroes and villains theme. Pie & Whiskey is hosted by Samuel Ligon, author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, and Drift and Swerve, and Kate Lebo, author of the cookbook Pie School, and the poetry chapbook From a Tree. Her first collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Ligon and Lebo also co-edited the anthology Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze which will be available for purchase at the event. Pie & Whiskey features 13 authors reading flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry inspired by a deep affinity and abiding appreciation for pie, whiskey, heroes, and villians. Readers include Samuel Ligon, Kate Lebo, Jess Walter, Tommy Orange, Tony Flinn, Claudia Castro Luna, Alexis Smith, Bruce Holbert, Matthew Sullivan, Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, Leni Zumas, CMarie Fuhrman, Chris Maccini.

Thursday April 25, 2019 9:00pm - 11:30pm PDT
Washington Cracker Company 304 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA
 
Friday, April 26
 

8:30am PDT

Yoga for Writers
Join us for a yoga class designed for the writers’ mind and body. The class will be taught by owner and founder of Spokane’s Yoga Shala, Ara Lyman. All experience levels are welcome.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the class. 

Friday April 26, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
The Yoga Shala 731 S Garfield St, Spokane, WA 99202

9:00am PDT

Social Media and the Art of Promotion Panel
EWU’s Career Services is co-sponsoring a panel discussion that will help writers master the art of self promotion. Moderated by Career Advisor and MFA alum, Aileen Keown Vaux, the panel will feature Asa Maria Bradley, author of the sexy modern-day Viking Warriors paranormal romance series. Her work has received many accolades, including a Holt Medallion and a Booksellers’ Best Award. Isaac Marion is the author of Warm Bodies, which become a New York Times Bestseller, inspired a major film, and was translated into 25 languages. He spent the next eight years writing the rest of the story over the course of four books, now concluded with The Living. Bethany Montgomery is an Eastern Washington University alumna who is currently pursuing her passion for poetry. She envisioned the concept of Power 2 the Poetry, which is a collective that aims to increase visibility and empower poets to help make positive social changes. Margaret Starry is the Events Coordinator for Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA. With a particular passion for literary events, she has organized readings for and hosted bestselling authors with Auntie's such as Ransom Riggs, Kate Quinn, Delia Owens, and Stephanie Land. 

We would like to think Career Services for their sponsorship. 

Friday April 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
JFK Library JFK Library, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

9:30am PDT

Contemporary Comics
*This event will be from 9:30-10:30 and this exact same panel will be repeated again form 10:30-11:30.
Join us for an exploration into contemporary comics and their place in the literary canon. Four artists and writers will discuss their journeys into the world of comic creation and how you can find your own style. Kate J. Reed lives, writes, draws and works in Spokane. Her fiction has appeared in The Copper Nickel, Spokesman-Review summer stories and various online journals. Her first published comic appeared in Lilac City Fairytales: Towers and Dungeons. She retook up illustration after finding life as a working parent didn't afford the quiet hours sitting at a writing desk she needed. Tim Greenup’s first poetry collection, Without Warning, was published in 2016 by Scablands Books. His work has appeared in LEVELER, Sixth Finch, BOAAT, and elsewhere. He teaches at Spokane Falls Community College. Emma Noyes (Sinixt band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) is an artist, researcher, and educator living and working in Spokane. Emma has continued the story telling tradition of her family by finding ways to depict characters of chaptix’/coyote stories. She mainly works in brush and ink.  Maxx Follis-Goodkind is an interdisciplinary artists, crafter, designer, curator, and community organizer. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Push/Pull, Program Director of Greater Ballard Arts (Ballard Night Out) and teaches classes at Push/Pull and other locations in Seattle. 

We would like to thank Spokane Community College for their sponsorship.

Friday April 26, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Spokane Community College 1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217, USA

9:30am PDT

Fiction Writers Breaking New Ground
*This panel will be one hour (approximately 9:30-10:30) and then it will repeat in a second session from approximately 10:30-11:30.

From robots to Tasmanian tigers to “modern-day witch hunts,” and a kid with a pet octopus, these fiction writers are breaking new ground and making waves in the literary scene. With riveting prose, unusual characters, and gripping plotlines, these writers will make you see the world in a new way. Simeon Mills is a writer, cartoonist, and teacher. His novel The Obsoletes, is forthcoming this summer. He is also the author/creator of the graphic novel Butcher Paper. Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection, I’m Fine, But You Appear to be Sinking. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of Swimming with Strangers, and This Life She’s Chosen. Leni Zumas is the author of Red Clocks, Farewell Navigators, and The Listeners. Red Clocks is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and has entered its third printing. She is the director of the creative writing program at Portland State University.

Friday April 26, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am PDT
Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA 99224, USA

10:00am PDT

Meditative Poetry with Ellen Welcker and Janaka Stucky
Following our special Yoga for Writers class will be a reading with poets Ellen Welcker and Janaka Stucky.

Ellen Welcker’s books are Ram Hands, The Botanical Garden, and several chapbooks, including The Pink Tablet which, with a group of collaborating artists, was also realized as a live, multi-genre 'feral opera' of the same name. Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. Janaka’s most recent collection, Ascend, Ascend, was written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church. He is also the author of The Truth is We Are Perfect, and The World Will Deny it For You.



Friday April 26, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
The Yoga Shala 731 S Garfield St, Spokane, WA 99202

10:15am PDT

Page to Screen
Join us for a conversation about the ins and outs of writing scripts for television and movies, adapting literary writing to the screen, and working with producers, actors, and directors to make your vision come to life on the screen. The discussion will be lead by EWU film professor and director of the Spokane International Film Festival, Chase Ogden. Ogden has been a part of hundreds of film projects and commercials, an has had short films in over 50 festivals around the world. Isaac Marion is the author of Warm Bodies, which was turned into the 2013 hit film of the same name. Juan Mas is a local producer and director who works in film, television and theater. He was a director for five seasons on SyFy’s Z NATION. Jason (J.D.) McKee has served as VFX Supervisor on a horror film and on the Z NATION series. He has also directed multiple episodes of Z NATION. J.D. has edited multiple feature films, directed many short films and episodes for television, and is the CO-Founder of MODEfx, a Spokane based VFX company.  While studying at UCSC, Bethany C. Morrow created a two-quarter independent study course to produce and direct an original screenplay, adapted from one of her short stories. Her screenwriting is currently represented by Lia Chan at ICM. Malcolm Pelles is a screenwriter, playwright, and professor. He has written scripts for CBS Entertainment, the National Football League, Gameloft, and the United States Army, among other organizations. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway in New York City and in Washington, DC.

Friday April 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
JFK Library JFK Library, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

11:45am PDT

Northwest Boulevard Celebrates Thom Caraway
Northwest Boulevard, EWU’s undergraduate literary magazine aims to provide students with an opportunity to get their creative work published. Many writers published in Northwest Boulevard have gone on to publish in nationally renowned journals, and some have even gone on to publish full length collections. Join us as we celebrate one of those writers, Thom Caraway, who is celebrating his new book, What The Sky Lacks. Caraway is the editor of Rock & Sling, the publisher of Sage Hill Press, and the director of Millwood Print Works, a nonprofit letterpress and screenprint shop. The reading will be hosted by Northwest Boulevard’s new Graduate Student Advisor, Libby Patrick.

Friday April 26, 2019 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
JFK Library JFK Library, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

12:00pm PDT

Playwriting in the Inland Northwest
Join Get Lit! in beautiful Coeur d'Alene on the campus of North Idaho College to hear from local playwriting professionals. Susan Hardie has performed in and directed scores of productions throughout Spokane and the region for nearly forty years. Her collaborative work with playwright Bryan Harnetiaux and performer David Casteal in the original play York traveled extensively throughout the country and earned a City of Spokane Arts Award. Bryan Harnetiaux has been a Playwright-in-Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, Washington, since 1982. Thirteen of his plays have been published including stage adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Killers, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Long Walk to Forever. Sandra Hosking is a professional editor, writer, playwright, and photographer based in Spokane. Her plays have been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere. Hosking holds an M.F.A. in theatre/playwriting from the University of Idaho and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Eastern Washington University.
Kathleen Jeffs is Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Gonzaga University. Jeffs completed her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford and lectured on Golden Age drama at Oxford and Cambridge, and taught drama at the University of Sussex. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jonathan Johnson, author of three collections of poetry, most recently May Is An Island and two memoirs. Johnson is a professor at EWU and his play about John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Ode, premiered in 2013 as part of the Get Lit! Festival. Johnson is currently teaching a special graduate-level playwriting course at EWU. 

We would like to thank North Idaho College for their sponsorship.



Friday April 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
North Idaho College 1000 W Garden Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA

12:30pm PDT

Bethany Morrow: A Reading
Join Bethany C. Morrow for a reading from her debut novel MEM, which was selected as an Indies Introduce and Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association. MEM has been featured on Book Riot, Buzzfeed, Seattle Review of Books, the LA Times, Tor.com, and Locus Magazine, among others. Morrow is the author of a range of speculative fiction for both the adult and young adult market, including the forthcoming YA novel A Song Below Water and anthology Take the Mic:Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, for which she serves as editor and contributor.

Friday April 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
JFK Library JFK Library, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

1:15pm PDT

Isaac Marion: A Reading
Don’t miss author Isaac Marion as he reads from the long-awaited conclusion to his Warm Bodies series. Marion grew up in small towns around the Pacific Northwest, pursuing careers in writing, painting, and music throughout his youth. One of these finally sparked in 2010 with the publication of his debut novel, Warm Bodies which become a New York Times Bestseller, inspired a major film, and was translated into 25 languages. He spent the next eight years writing the rest of the story over the course of four books, now concluded with The Living. He lives and writes on Orcas Island and plays music in Seattle with the band, Thing Quartet.

Friday April 26, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
JFK Library JFK Library, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

2:00pm PDT

Intro to Literature with Rebecca Brown
Eastern’s undergraduate course “Introduction to Literature” opens its doors to the public for a special talk and reading from Rebecca Brown. Brown is the author of dozens of books, most recently Not Heaven, Somewhere Else. She has been awarded fellowships to MacDowell.Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Hawthornden Castle, The Millay Colony and elsewhere. She was the first Writer in Residence at Hugo House, co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program and former creative director of the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference in Port Townsend. For 20 years she taught in the low residency MFA program at Goddard College and is currently Senior-Artist in-Residence at University of Washington, Bothell. She lives in Seattle with her spouse.

Friday April 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
JFK Auditorium 320 Media Lane Cheney, WA 99004 United States

5:30pm PDT

Readings from University of Hell Press
University of Hell Press, based in Portland, Oregon, promotes artists who are creating irreverent and thought-provoking works in quiet corners of their worlds. Join us for a reading with Univeristy of Hell Press founder and publisher Greg Gerding, and Spokane-based writers Joseph Haeger and Lauren Gilmore, whose collections have been published by University of Hell Press. We would like to thank First Avenue Coffee for hosting this event. Greg Gerding is the author of five books of prose poetry, a collection of essays, and his most recent book, I’ll Show You Mine. He is the founder of University of Hell Press. Lauren Gilmore is the author of Outdancing the Universe, published by University of Hell Press. Joseph Edwin Haeger is the author of Learn to Swim, published by the University of Hell Press.

Friday April 26, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
First Avenue Coffee 1011 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm PDT

Popular Poetry: Kelly Schirmann and Kaveh Akbar
Join us for a special evening of poetry featuring readings from two highly talented young writers, Kelly Schirmann and Kaveh Akbar. Schirmann is a writer, musician, ceramicist, and visual artist from Northern California. She is the author of Popular Music and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. Her music projects include headband (solo), Sung Mountains (with Jason Fiske), and Young Family (with Sam Pink). She is the founding editor of Black Cake, a record label for contemporary poetry and other experiments, and the co-creator of OMO, Public Access and Friendship Collective. Akbar's poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Paris Review and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. Akbar is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Friday April 26, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Downtown Public Library 906 W. Main Ave Spokane WA

9:00pm PDT

Poetry Salon
Originating in eighteenth century Paris, a salon gathers people together around discussions of literature, art, and philosophy. Poets Kaveh Akbar, Kelly Schirmann, Janaka Stucky, Claudia Castro Luna, and Anastacia-Renee Tolbert will engage in a discussion centered around poetry and the writing life — the poets may also choose to read short sections of their own work. The discussion will be moderated by poet Ellen Welcker.

Kaveh Akbar's poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College.

Claudia Castro Luna is the Poet Laureate of Washington State (2018-2020) She served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of Killing Marías (Two Sylvia's Press) shortlisted for the 2018 Washington State Book Award and nominated to a 2018 Pushcart. She also is the author of This City (Floating Bridge Press). Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981 fleeing civil war. She has an MFA in poetry from Mills College, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a K-12 teaching certificate. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Diálogo, Psychological Perspectives and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in the anthologies, This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press), The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the US, (Northwestern University Press) and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative, (Kalina Eds) Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. In 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. Other books include Your Name Is The Only Freedom, The World Will Deny It For You, and his latest book, Ascend Ascend (Third Man Books, 2019). He has performed in over 60 cities around the world. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is also a two-time National Haiku Champion. More at janakastucky.com.

Kelly Schirmann is a writer, musician, ceramicist, and visual artist from Northern California. She is the author of Popular Music and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. Her music projects include headband (solo), Sung Mountains (with Jason Fiske), and Young Family (with Sam Pink). She is the founding editor of Black Cake, a record label for contemporary poetry and other experiments, and the co-creator of OMO, Public Access and Friendship Collective. Other projects include Americans for Responsible Technology (A.R.T.), Idea Book, and Human/Website. She currently lives in Missoula, Montana.

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk and the anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and: Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

Friday April 26, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Downtown Public Library 906 W. Main Ave Spokane WA
 
Saturday, April 27
 

9:30am PDT

Make it Real! Creating Characters and Worlds with Isaac Marion
Join us for an exciting foray into fiction with author Isaac Marion. Whether you write high fantasy or strict realism, whether you’re inventing a galactic civilization or just one person, you face the same challenge: how do you make it real? How do you give your fictional world the depth and detail of reality? And how do you fill it with people instead of cardboard cutouts? We’ll examine the subtle differences between 2D and 3D fiction and figure out how to make yours pop. We’ll try out some practical techniques for adding texture to your settings and life to your characters. And we’ll discuss the underlying principle that powers all of this: believing in your story. 

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Saturday April 27, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

9:30am PDT

Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar
Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside the poet’s own totally unique psychic ecosystem that allows the poet access to a singular voice. In this workshop we’ll try various methods of popping under our own hoods and exploring our cognitive machinery (using things like meditation and bibliomancy and Rorschach tests), mining our discoveries for poetic language and imagery and more. Leaving the workshop, we’ll have generated drafts, jumping off points for new poems, and hopefully, if all goes well, better relationships with the little voices in our heads.

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Saturday April 27, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

10:00am PDT

A Celebration of Native Voices: Readings of Poetry and Craft
This reading features craft talks by poets whose work appears in Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations published by Tupelo Press and edited by CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader This book, the first of its kind, embodies the dynamic conversations that take place in Indigenous poetry through writerly craft across generational, geographic, and stylistic divides. By foregrounding craft, we hope to initiate a conversation about Indigenous writing that moves beyond theme and narrative, considering instead the ways that form and technique can be politically charged. The discussion will be moderated by anthology co-editor CMarie Fuhrman.

CMarie Fuhrman is the co-editor of the anthology Native Voices and the forthcoming chapbook of poems Camped Beneath the Dam.  Her poetry has appeared in The Yellow Medicine Review, Broadsided Press' NoDapl Compilation, as well as many other journals and anthologies.  Her nonfiction can be found in High Desert Journal and Sustainable Play, as well as two anthologies.  CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship and winner of the Burns Award for poetry.  CMarie has lived most of her life in the Rocky Mountain West and resides now in West Central Idaho. She is of Southern Ute and Italian heritage.
Dawn Pichón Barron (Choctaw/Mexican/Euro) is a writer & educator. MFA earned at Queens University of Charlotte, NC and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Indigenous Development & Advancement. She is the Director of the Native Pathways Program and member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, WA 129 anthology, Barrelhouse “ALPHA” blog, Pontoon, Of A Monstrous Child, and her chapbook, Escape Girl Blues. She lives with her wingman and love spawns in the sometimes sunny Pacific NW.
Ruby Hansen Murray is a writer and photographer, who lives on an island in the Lower Columbia River. Her work appears in Moss, World Literature Today, CutBank, The Rumpus, American Ghost:Poets on Life after Industry. She’s winner of the 2017 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, awarded fellowships at residencies in Wyoming, Homer and Sitka, Alaska and remote Eastern Oregon. She holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
LeAnne Howe (enrolled citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a novelist, playwright, poet and documentary filmmaker.  She connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures in her work. She’s the award-winning author of Shell Shaker, and is currently at work on a new novel set in the Middle East for which she received a Fulbright Scholarship.  She’s producing a new documentary film, Searching for Sequoyah with James M. Fortier for a 2019 release. Howe is the Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. Her newest book, Savage Conversations) is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Savage spirit she imagined that tortured her nightly in 1875.
Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of the Native American Arts and Cultures Fellowship, an Artist Trust Fellowship, and fellowships from Hugo House and the Jack Straw Writers Program.  Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure, published by the University of Arizona Press.

Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

11:45am PDT

Adventures in Publishing
Come hear publishers and authors share some of their most memorable adventures in the publishing industry. The conversation will be moderated by Janaka Stucky, founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. His poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect was the inaugural title of Third Man Books, a publishing imprint of Jack White’s Third Man Records. Other books include Your Name Is The Only Freedom, The World Will Deny It For You, and Ascend Ascend. Panelists include Kelly Schirmann, author of Popular Music and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. She is the founding editor of Black Cake, a record label for contemporary poetry and other experiments, and the co-creator of OMO, Public Access and Friendship Collective. Christopher Howell has published eleven poetry collections, most recently Love’s Last Number. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including Colorado Review, Crazy Horse, Field, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. He has won three Pushcart Prizes, two National Endowment Fellowships, two fellowships from the Artist Trust, and the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Editorial Excellence. Greg Gerding is the author of five books of prose poetry, a collection of essays, and an oral history on the subject of intimacy. Gerding is the founder of University of Hell Press, which started as a self-publishing brand, and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke America. Christine Holbert is the founding director of Lost Horse Press. Christine reviews and edits manuscripts, designs covers and text, typesets books, designs catalogs, promotes Lost Horse books, manages marketing, oversees interns and volunteers, and negotiates with distributors, bookstores, printers, authors, and other publishers.  

Saturday April 27, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

11:45am PDT

The Women of Elephant Mountain: Writing from North of the Border
Get Lit! is excited to welcome the women of Elephant Mountain, a panel of women writers hailing from Nelson, B.C. Leesa Dean is the author of Waiting for the Cyclone, and is currently working on two other works of fiction. She is an instructor at Selkirk College in British Columbia. J.G. Toews is the author of Give Out Creek, a mystery inspired by her mountain town home of Nelson. Jane Byers is the author of two collections of poetry, Acquired Community and Steeling Effects. She was a Writer-in-Residence for the Archives of Lesbian oral Testimony at Simon Fraser University. Anne DeGrace is the author of four works of fiction, Treading Water, Wind Tails, Sounding Line, and Flying with Amelia. The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is an annual literary festival that takes place in Nelson, B.C. and will feature these talented Canadian writers and many others. This year’s festival is July 11th-14th. Visit www.emlfestival.com for more information.


Saturday April 27, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

12:00pm PDT

Fugue/Willow Springs Reading
Fugue and Willow Springs are both nationally distributed literary journals managed and edited by graduate students in the MFA programs at University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University, respectively. Both Fugue and Willow Springs have published the finest writers in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Steve Almond, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Natasha Trethewey, Tobias Wolff, Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Bukowski, Dorianne Laux, among others. This event will feature readings from Rebecca Brown and Shannon Cram. Cram is a writer and scholar from Washington State. Her work has appeared in Fugue, Environmental Humanities, Public Culture, and elsewhere. Her current book project, Exposure Scenario: Nuclear Life and the Politics of Impossibility, explores contamination and cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. She is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Bothell. Rebecca Brown is the author of over a dozen books published in the US and abroad. She was the first Writer in Residence at Hugo House, co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program, and former creative director of the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. She is currently Senior-Artist in-Residence at University of Washington, Bothell.


Saturday April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

1:30pm PDT

Pop-Up Prose: Airing Dirty Laundry
"Air Your Dirty laundry" is the latest installment of Pop-Up Prose, a queer-minded and queer-hearted reading series founded in Moscow, Idaho. Pop-Up Prose is committed to spotlighting genre-bending, boundary-pushing work form diverse communities of writers in unconventional reading locations. This time around, they're making space for getting our hands dirt and sharing sordid stories without scrubbing or sanitizing their exquisite squalor, but also without letting each other hang out to dry. Join us for a spin--no rolls of quarters necessary!

Join us for a Pop-up Prose reading featuring six talented queer nonfiction writers from across our region. Pop-up Prose is an “irreverent, itinerant, experimental reading series” founded in Moscow, Idaho in 2016. Readers include Amanda V. Mead, Rebecca Brown, Taylor Weech, Laura Gould, Stephen Pfau, and Austin Maas.

Saturday April 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

1:30pm PDT

No Normal: Wacky and Unpredictable (and even Hella Frustrating) Pathways to "Success" Panel
Six friends, all writers who met long ago in Missoula, Montana, will discuss their long, strange, meandering pathways to publication. This panel will take a close look at obstacles, frustration, rejection, gratitude, and the rare and exultant fist-pump of triumph. At the heart of the discussion is the notion that there is no normal, easy route to literary success, and that success, itself, is an ever-morphing and elusive animal.

Jeremy N. Smith is the author of Breaking and Entering, Epic Measures, and Growing a Garden City. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Montana, he has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Discover, among other outlets, and he and his work have been featured by CNN, NPR News, and Wired. He lives in Montana.

Rob Schlegel is the author of three award-winning poetry collections. The most recent, In The Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps, won the 2018 Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. In 2017-18 he taught in Portland State University's MFA Program. With Rawaan Alkhatib and Daniel Poppick, he co-edits the Catenary Press.

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel is the author of the essay collection Fear Icons, winner of the inaugural Gournay Prize. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast and the anthology Marry a Monster. A graduate of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program and the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she now teaches creative writing at Whitman College.  

Amy Ratto Parks is the author of How to Remember the World (forthcoming, 2019), Song of Days, Torn and Mended, and Bread and Water Body, the winner of the Merriam Frontier Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Interim, Mikrokosmos, The Mississippi Review, Court Green, and Barrow Street among others. Ratto Parks has worked as a reporter, a freelance writer and online writing course designer, and an editor of Writer’s Digest, Fiction Writer, and Cutbank literary magazine. She currently teaches at the University of Montana.

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster (Autumn House Press), and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and The Cassandra (Henry Holt). Sharma’s writing has appeared in Catapult, Slice, Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, and a grant from Artist Trust. Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children.

Simeon Mills is a writer, cartoonist, and teacher. His novel The Obsoletes is forthcoming in May from Skybound Books. His graphic novel Butcher Paper received a 2012 Artist Trust grant and is currently available from Scablands Books. Chapters of Butcher Paper have appeared in The Florida Review, RiverLit, Rock & Sling, The Pinch Journal, and Okey-Panky. He majored in architecture at Columbia University and received his MFA in fiction from the University of Montana. Mills teaches drawing at Eastern Washington University and middle school English in Spokane, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Saturday April 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

2:00pm PDT

Mandy Manning: National Teacher of the Year
Join us for a special talk from from 2018’s National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning. Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Manning uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. Manning encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. Manning has taught for the past 19 years, seven of which have been in her current role. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University, a Masters of Arts from West Texas A & M University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Mandy is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

3:15pm PDT

Erase, Replace, Reimagine, Redefine: Elements of Erasure and visual Poetry with Kathryn Smith and Nance Van Winckel
The word “erasure” implies removal, disappearance, destruction. In poetry, erasure is not so much about what has been removed, but what remains—lifting language to what author Jen Bervin calls “a divergent elsewhere.” In this workshop, we’ll discuss philosophies behind erasure poetry and look at several contemporary examples. We’ll also consider the relevance of the source material, the visual impact of blotted-out text, and what makes for a successful marriage of text and image. We'll draw on these concepts to re-form texts of our own.

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Saturday April 27, 2019 3:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

3:15pm PDT

The Outdoor Writer’s Tool Kit with Summer Hess & Eli Francovich
In this two hour craft class, Eli Francovich of The Spokesman-Review and Summer Hess of Out There Outdoors will introduce essential tools and techniques for writing about the outdoors, including selecting topics, pitching ideas, adding color and life through details, conducting interviews and structuring articles. Writers will participate in free-writing exercises, engage in discussion, and will be encouraged to submit work to a writing contest put on by Get Lit!, Out There Outdoors, and The Spokesman-Review. Contest guidelines are available via www.getlit.submittable.com. *Note that participation in the craft class is not a requirement for submitting to the contest.

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Saturday April 27, 2019 3:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

4:00pm PDT

Power 2 the Poetry reading
Power 2 the Poetry is a new movement on the rise. They promote freedom of expression, providing a platform to underrepresented demographics in our community including people of color, LGBTQ+, women, etc. Power 2 the Poetry invites up to 8 poets to sign up to read their own original work for 3 minutes. We ask that poems shared in this space be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Saturday April 27, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center 1017 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm PDT

An Evening with Roxane Gay
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We would like to thank the generous sponsors and community partners that made this event possible! These sponsors include the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Spokane County Library's Friends of the Library Foundation, Eastern Washington University's English Department, EWU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, EWU's Multicultural Center, EWU's Women's and Gender Studies, EWU's Pride Center, the YWCA of Spokane, and Gonzaga University's Department of Political Science. Thank you all for helping us to bring Roxane Gay to Spokane!

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. She also released her collection of short stories, Difficult Women.

In 2018, she released Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, a valuable and searing anthology edited by Roxane. Roxane’s newest work, How to Be Heard, is set to release in 2019.

She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.

Saturday April 27, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Bing Crosby Theater 901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA
 
Sunday, April 28
 

2:00pm PDT

Regional MFA Reading
Graduate students from three regional MFA programs will come together to share fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Readers include: Cassandra Lee, Rebecca Swanberg, and Taylor White, from the University of Montana, Caitlin Hill, Caitlin Palmer and Stacey Boe Miller from the University of Idaho, and Kailee Haong, Caylie Herrmann and Hannah Metcalf from Eastern Washington University. Come enjoy light refreshments and beer courtesy of generous sponsorships from Global Credit Union and River City Brewing as you meet the rising stars of our regional literary scene. 

We would like to thank Global Credit Union for sponsoring this event, and River City Brewing company for donating a special festival beer created in partnership with DOMA Coffee Roasting Company. Wristbands for beer will be provided for anyone 21 and over. Please bring photo ID. 

Sunday April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Interpunct-Press 2618 W Sinto Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA

4:00pm PDT

MFA Alumni Reading
Come cap off this year’s Get Lit! Festival with readings from alumni and faculty of EWU’s MFA program in creative writing. This year we are celebrating the successes of program director and professor Gregory Spatz, along with four distinguished alumni who have all published new books in the last year. Spatz is the author of many novels and short story collections including Inukshuk, Half as Happy, and the forthcoming linked collection of stories and novellas, What Could Be Saved. Rob Carney is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps, which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. 
Ellie Kozlowski’s first book Best Tent Camping Washington was released in 2018. She is currently researching her next book, Washington Day Trips by Theme (forthcoming from AdventureKEEN, spring 2020). Laura Read is the author of The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You and Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral. Her second full-length collection, Dresses from the Old Country, was published by BOA in 2018. Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, which was the inaugural winner of Press 53's short fiction competition, as well as the novel The Pull of It, and the forthcoming novel If the Ice Had Held selected for the grand prize manuscript by Santa Fe Writers Project. 

We would like to thank Global Credit Union for sponsoring this event, and River City Brewing company for donating a special festival beer created in partnership with DOMA Coffee Roasting Company. Wristbands for beer will be provided for anyone 21 and over. Please bring photo ID.

Sunday April 28, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Interpunct-Press 2618 W Sinto Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA