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Saturday, April 22 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lilac City Poets

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Local poets Connie Wasem Scott and Mark Anderson have both played an integral role in the Spokane poetry scene for many years. Mark Anderson co-founded Broken Mic in 2011, which is now Spokane’s longest running open-mic, and Mark was Spokane Poet Laureate from 2017-2019. His debut collection Scarecrow Oracle was ten years in the making and covers themes of childhood, innocence, and loss. Connie Wasem Scott has been teaching at Spokane Community College since 2001 and has been guiding young poets and writers through the world of writing and publishing with her work as co-advisor for Wire Harp, SFCC’s undergraduate literary magazine. Connie’s first full-length collection The Open Hand of Sky weaves readers through personal and family history with the backdrop of the natural world. Both writers will read and will engage in a conversation about poetry— how one comes to and sustains a poetic life, and how the poetry scene in Spokane has evolved and continues to grow.

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. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am.

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Mark Anderson

Mark L. Anderson lives and writes in Spokane, Washington. He co-founded the popular Broken Mic spoken word poetry series and has traveled the United States performing at open mics, poetry slams, taverns, coffee shops, and libraries. He has received a GAP award from Washington Artist... Read More →
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Connie Wasem Scott

Connie Wasem Scott is the author Predictable as Fire (Moonstone 2021) and The Open Hand of Sky (Finishing Line 2022). She makes her home in Spokane, WA, where she teaches literature and the full range of writing courses at Spokane Falls Community College. Connie vows that when she... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave