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Thursday, April 20 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Pie & Whiskey

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Everyone’s favorite event, Pie & Whiskey, is back! It’s been 12 years since this event began at the Get Lit! Festival, and we’re so thrilled to be able to celebrate our anniversary year with the first in-person Pie & Whiskey since 2019! Pie & Whiskey is hosted by Samuel Ligon and Kate Lebo. Ligon is the author of three novels—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History, published serially in the Inlander, Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, and Drift and Swerve. Lebo is the author of the cookbook Pie School, and a collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, which won the Washington State Book Award in 2022. 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 and whiskey. Readers include Polly Buckingham, Ben Cartwright, Kevin Decker, Nick Deshais, Jill Herrera, Samuel Ligon, Kate Lebo, Gary Copeland Lilley, Emma Noyes, Daniel Orozco, Rochelle Smith, Jess Walter, and Lisa Wells. 

Pies served at the event are baked by Kate Lebo and a crew of volunteers. A limited number of chapbooks containing work from the readers will be on sale for $10. The chapbooks are designed by Lost Horse Press, printed by Gray Dog Press, and hand-stitched by EWU students. While sales of the chapbook help support the event, donations are also gladly accepted.

We would like to thank Don Poffenroth and Dry Fly Distilling for generously donating the whiskey. We would also like to thank Gray Dog Press, Lost Horse Press, DOMA Coffee Roasting Company, Culture Breads, and Willow Springs. This event would not be possible without their donations of time, space, energy, and funds.

This event is 21+ and will be $5 at the door. Cards are accepted but cash is encouraged. We encourage attendees to arrive early to guarantee entry. This event takes place on the first floor of the Montvale Event Center. 

Authors
avatar for Polly Buckingham

Polly Buckingham

Polly Buckingham is the author of one book of poetry, The River People (Lost Horse Press 2020), and two books of fiction, The Expense of a View (Katherine Anne Porter Award, UNT Press 2016) and A Year of Silence (Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, Florida Review Press 2015... Read More →
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Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartwright is the author of the poetry collection After Our Departure (Sage Hill Press) and the poetry chapbook The Meanest Things Pick Clean (Floating Bridge). His work appears in West Branch, The Stinging Fly, DIAGRAM, and Seneca Review. Ben is a professor at Spokane Falls Community... Read More →
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Kevin Decker

Dr Kevin S. Decker has been on the faculty at EWU since 2005. He primarily teaches applied ethics and the history of philosophy, but has also taught First Year Experience seminars as well as for the Honors program. His recent publications include “Dune and Philosophy” (editor... Read More →
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Nick Deshais

Nicholas Deshais is the editor of the Inlander, where he oversees the entire editorial operation and helms news coverage. He has worked for various news outlets, including Portland’s Willamette Week, the Spokesman-Review, Northwest Public Broadcasting and Washington State Magazine... Read More →
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Jill Herrera

Jill Herrera is from Whidbey Island and calls Spokane, Washington home after a decade living in Lilac City. By day she can be found writing grants like a word-producing machine, and the rest of the time you will find her writing essays on fungi, sex, humans, and yoga, in that order... Read More →
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo’s first collection of essays, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is out now from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Other recent work includes the chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Entre Rios Books) and the anthology Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter... Read More →
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Sam Ligon

Samuel Ligon recently published a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which appeared in 50 installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as online, on Spokane Public Radio, and as a podcast. Ligon is the author of four previous books of fiction... Read More →
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Gary Copeland Lilley

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of seven books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show from Lost Horse Press (2017). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship... Read More →
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Emma Noyes

Emma Noyes (Sinixt band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) is an artist, researcher, and educator living and working in Spokane, WA. Emma has continued the story telling traditions of her family by finding new ways to depict characters of chaptix'/coyote stories... Read More →
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Daniel Orozco

Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories (FSG). His work has appeared in the Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and in Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope All-Story, and others... Read More →
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Rochelle Smith

Rochelle Smith is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and has lived in central New Jersey, Pittsburgh, New Haven Connecticut, and Washington DC; Idaho is by orders of magnitude the most rural place she’s ever called home (although New Jersey is the Garden State).  She is a humanities... Read More →
avatar for Jess Walter

Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of ten books, most recently the short story collection The Angel of Rome. His other books include the national bestseller The Cold Millions and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins; The Zero, a finalist for the National Book Award; and Citizen... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is the author, most recently, of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World, a finalist for the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her debut collection of poetry, The Fix, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Montvale Hall 1019 W 1st Ave