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Saturday, April 22 • 10:00am - 11:00am
25 Years Later: Celebrating the Festival's Founders

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Twenty five years ago writers and editors Christopher Howell and Christine Holbert (along with colleague and poet Scott Poole) had an idea. They wanted to create a “literary vortex” in our region, starting with a day of readings called Get Lit!, as a way to live the bookish lives of their dreams without moving to a more traditional literary publishing hub like New York. Twenty five years later, with their help, Spokane truly has become a literary city—one that boasts best-selling authors, small presses, decades-long poetry open-mics—and an enduring literary festival that in its 25th year is managing such feats as bringing the Poet Laureate of the United States to Spokane. There’s that vortex!

In addition to founding the Get Lit! Festival, Howell and Holbert have contributed in countless ways to the local literary landscape with their independent literary presses Lynx House Press and Lost Horse Press respectively, along with their work with the EWU Press, now Willow Springs Books, and of course Howell’s many years teaching poetry in the MFA program at EWU. At this event, we will learn more about how these two literary giants helped to make their dreams a reality. Holbert will read an excerpt from a favorite piece that she published, Howell will read from his latest collection of poetry, and Dan Butterworth, poet and professor at Gonzaga University, the new home of Howell’s Lynx House Press, will lead their conversation.

To attend this event, you must purchase a
Book Fair & Events Pass which covers entry into our two-day Book Fair and all 17 events taking place at the Montvale Event Center. 

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D.S. Butterworth

D. S. Butterworth teaches literature and creative writing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Algonquin Books published his creative non-fiction book, Waiting for Rain: A Farmer’s Story. Lost Horse Press published his books of poems, The Radium Watch Dial Painters and... Read More →
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Christopher Howell

Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell attended Pacific Lutheran and Oregon State universities, and holds graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of thirteen collections of poems, including newly released Book of... Read More →
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Christine Holbert

Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press and a founder of Spokane’s Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival, earned an MA in Publishing from Eastern Washington University. In 1998, she established Lost Horse Press, a nonprofit, independent press that publishes collections... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave