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Thursday, April 20
 

9:30am PDT

Prose by Any Other Name
What exactly is prose? How can everything that isn’t poetry fall into this one category? Merriam Webster calls prose an “ordinary” form, but there is nothing ordinary about the writing of these three talented regional writers! Join us at Spokane Falls Community College for a conversation on writing from three of our region’s rising stars in fiction and nonfiction. Leyna Krow, Chelsea Martin, and Leah Sottile’s work covers many different forms of prose including long form journalism, true crime, podcasting, personal essay, coming of age novel, the short story, and more. These writers will be in conversation with poet and professor Laura Read and the event will be presented in the Palek Auditorium (building 24). We would like to thank SFCC for their continued partnership.

*Note that this event is a one-hour conversation that will be repeated with the same authors from 10:30-11:30 in order to allow more SFCC students to attend. The public is welcome to choose one session to attend, or to stay for both.

This event is free and open to the public, no ticket is required. Paid parking is available on campus via parking meter.

Authors
avatar for Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy... Read More →
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books 2017) and the novel Fire Season (Viking 2022), which was nominated for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second story collection Sinkhole & Other Inexplicable... Read More →
avatar for Laura Read

Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of But She Is Also Jane, forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2023, Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is the author of Tell Me I'm an Artist, Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Even Though I Don't Miss You, and several other books. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 and lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and child.



Thursday April 20, 2023 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Spokane Falls Community College 3410 W Whistalks Wy, Spokane, WA 99224

10:00am PDT

True Histories of the Pacific Northwest
Historical fiction offers a unique opportunity to blend research with imagination and creativity. Writers Alix Christie, Rebekah Anderson, and Elaine Cockrell all explore the experiences of real communities in Eastern Washington and the Northwest through the lens of their own family and cultural histories. Beyond sharing captivating stories, their novels shed light on important issues surrounding social justice and environmental impacts. In this virtual event, Alix and Rebekah will read excerpts from their novels followed by a conversation led by Elaine. The authors plan to be part of a live chat during the premiere of this event on YouTube, so don’t miss this opportunity to speak with them directly about their work and writing lives!

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon! *Note that the authors may be present during the live chat so come prepared to meet them virtually and ask them about their work!

Authors
avatar for Alix Christie

Alix Christie

Alix Christie grew up in California, Montana and British Columbia. She is a prize-winning journalist and author of novels, reportage and stories. Her debut novel, “Gutenberg’s Apprentice,” was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and long-listed for the International... Read More →
avatar for Elaine Cockrell

Elaine Cockrell

Elaine Cockrell grew up amid wheat and sugar beet fields of her family's farm near Adrian, Oregon. She lived in a multi-cultural world with Basque sheepherders, Mexican itinerant fieldhands, and Japanese-American families, most of whom settled there at the end of World War II. After... Read More →
avatar for Rebekah Anderson

Rebekah Anderson

Rebekah Anderson's debut novel, "The Grand Promise" was released by Empty Bowl Press in 2022. Published on June 1, the 80th anniversary of the Grand Coulee Dam, the book is a work of literary fiction inspired by her family history and imagines the experiences of real Eastern Washington... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Virtual

10:30am PDT

Prose by Any Other Name
What exactly is prose? How can everything that isn’t poetry fall into this one category? Merriam Webster calls prose an “ordinary” form, but there is nothing ordinary about the writing of these three talented regional writers! Join us at Spokane Falls Community College for a conversation on writing from three of our region’s rising stars in fiction and nonfiction. Leyna Krow, Chelsea Martin, and Leah Sottile’s work covers many different forms of prose including long form journalism, true crime, podcasting, personal essay, coming of age novel, the short story, and more. These writers will be in conversation with poet and professor Laura Read and the event will be presented in the Palek Auditorium (building 24). We would like to thank SFCC for their continued partnership.

*Note that this event is a one-hour conversation; the same authors will be having a very similar discussion from 9:30-10:15am. This event is repeated in order to allow more SFCC students to attend. The public is welcome to choose one session to attend, or to stay for both. 

This event is free and open to the public, no ticket is required. Paid parking is available on campus via parking meter. 

Authors
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books 2017) and the novel Fire Season (Viking 2022), which was nominated for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second story collection Sinkhole & Other Inexplicable... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is the author of Tell Me I'm an Artist, Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Even Though I Don't Miss You, and several other books. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 and lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and child.
avatar for Laura Read

Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of But She Is Also Jane, forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2023, Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me... Read More →
avatar for Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Spokane Falls Community College 3410 W Whistalks Wy, Spokane, WA 99224

11:00am PDT

Women of the West
For many, the American West has an undeniable pull. The sheer vastness and breathtaking views coupled with a sense of adventure and freedom serve as a recipe for inspiration. In this reading and discussion, we will hear from four women of the West who have explored, experienced, and written about life in the Western United States. This conversation will be led by Evonne Ellis, who is working on her memoir, The Lookout Chronicles, which details fire lookout life, history, megafire, and climate change. Evonne will be speaking with Karla Theilen, writer, fire lookout, and travel nurse based in Missoula, Montana, Julie Weston, the author of the Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery series, and a skier, flyfisher, and nature lover, and Kelly Coughlin, who leads backcountry tours at Mesa Verde National Park, and is working on two memoirs about her experiences in wildland fire and as a guide in Mesa Verde. We would like to thank The Hive and Spokane Public Library for their partnership.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. 

Authors
avatar for Evonne Ellis

Evonne Ellis

Evonne Ellis is a writer, photographer, and a fire lookout on a volcanic peak in Oregon. She is currently finishing, “The Lookout Chronicles,” a memoir about fire lookout life, history, megafire, and climate change. 
avatar for Julie Weston

Julie Weston

Julie Weston grew up in Idaho and practiced law for many years in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of the Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mysteries: Moonshadows (a Finalist in the May Sarton Award for Historical fiction), Basque Moon (Winner of the 2017 WILLA Award for Historical... Read More →
avatar for Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen is a writer, storyteller, fire lookout, and travel nurse based in Missoula, Montana. She has been Facebook-free since 1972.
avatar for Kelly Coughlin

Kelly Coughlin

Kelly Coughlin works behind the scenes at Mesa Verde National Park, leading backcountry tours and assisting night sky programs while working on two memoirs about her experiences in wildland fire and as a guide in Mesa Verde.  



Thursday April 20, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The Hive 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

12:30pm PDT

Curtain Call: A Conversation on Playwriting
Join us for Curtain Call: A Conversation on Playwriting featuring writers from the Inland Northwest. This event will be hosted by Bryan Harnetiaux, Spokane Civic Theater’s Playwright in Residence since 1982. The conversation will be moderated by Trish Harnetiaux, Brooklyn-based playwright, filmmaker, and podcaster who was born and raised in Spokane. Talented panelists include local and regional playwrights Molly Allen who spent three years as Stage Left Theater Writer in Residence, Pam Kingsley, author and actress with numerous plays produced around the United States, Scott Doughty, the co-founder of Spokane Playwrights Laboratory with over 200 show credits on his resume, and Laramie Dean, a novelist, playwright, and theater teacher from Missoula, Montana. Don’t miss this conversation on playwriting in the PNW and beyond! We would like to thank The Hive and Spokane Public Library for their partnership.

 This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Authors
avatar for Scott Doughty

Scott Doughty

Scott Doughty holds an MFA in directing with an emphasis in new play development from the University of Idaho. He is a multi-year collaborator at the 7 Devil’s Playwrighting Conference. With over 200 show credits on his resume, Scott has worked for the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s... Read More →
avatar for Laramie Dean

Laramie Dean

Laramie Dean is a Montana writer of queer horror fiction and the director of theatre at Hellgate High School in Missoula. He has recently published several plays from Theatrefolk, including Dracula, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Finding Jo March, a queered adaptation of Louisa... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Kingsley

Pamela Kingsley

Pamela Kingsley’s plays have been produced by theatres around the U.S., most recently in Boston, Cleveland, Columbia (MO), Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Haven, NYC, the State University of New York (Brockport), San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Spokane. Her play Mother's... Read More →
avatar for Molly Allen

Molly Allen

Molly Allen of Dave Ken and Molly in the Morning on 92.9 zzu was thrilled to spend 3 years as The Playwright in residence at Stage Left Theater. Radio personality and co-founder/Executive Director of the non-profit Safety Net. She is a grandma by day and theater lover by night. Molly's... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Harnetiaux

Bryan Harnetiaux

Bryan Harnetiaux has been a Playwright-in-Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, Washington, since 1982. Thirteen of his plays have been published, and his short play THE LEMONADE STAND is also anthologized in More One Act Plays for Acting Students (Meriwether Publishing Ltd... Read More →
avatar for Trish Harnetiaux

Trish Harnetiaux

Trish Harnetiaux is a playwright, filmmaker, and podcast creator. Her plays include California, Tin Cat Shoes, How to Get into Buildings, If You Can Get to Buffalo and Welcome to the White Room. Her six-part narrative podcast, The MS Phoenix Rising, is available on Playwrights... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
The Hive 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

2:00pm PDT

Community Open Mic
Join us for our annual Community Open Mic, hosted by Broken Mic, one of Spokane’s longest running open mic events. This event is a celebration of our talented local writing community—you are invited to participate as this is an open-mic style reading for all genres including singer-songwriters. Signups are first-come-first-served while space is available, and writers will each have 1-5 minutes to perform. Each year we highlight a featured headliner from the festival, and this year’s feature is Spokane writer Peter Quint! We would like to thank Broken Mic, The Hive, and Spokane Public Libraries for their partnership.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Authors
avatar for Peter M. Quint

Peter M. Quint

Drawing from his career as a teacher, leader and advocate within and for the Deaf community, Peter M. Quint writes novels about Deaf characters facing life challenges which shake their foundations and beliefs.  Outside the fiction, he enjoys household building projects and fitness... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
The Hive 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

3:00pm PDT

Spokane Cookbook Happy Hour featuring poet Jane Wong
Meet us for happy hour at Baba in Kendall Yards for a celebration of the Spokane Cookbook which will include a poetry reading from festival headlining poet, memoirist, and self-proclaimed “restaurant baby” Jane Wong. Creativity, whether on the page or on the plate, starts with inspiration. At this happy hour we will hear poetry inspired by Jane Wong’s life growing up in restaurants, and we will hear from photographer and cookbook author Ari Nordhagen on what inspired the Spokane Cookbook and what it was like to put together such an amazing collection of recipes from our culinary community. Baba will be serving dishes and drinks inspired by Jane’s poetry and the work of many other festival authors. Find more inspired specials available for purchase at Baba and other local restaurants (many available for the entire month of April!) by visiting our Inspired Partnerships page. Thank you to chef Adam Hegsted and the Eat Good Group for their continued support.

This event is free and open to the public. Baba encourages attendees to make reservations in advance via their website (Resy) or by calling Baba. Please note that you are reserving for the Get Lit! Happy Hour event. 

Authors
avatar for Jane Wong

Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, is forthcoming from Tin House in May 2023. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a... Read More →
avatar for Ari Nordhagen

Ari Nordhagen

Ari Nordhagen is an award-winning portrait, wedding and food photographer, who currently writes a monthly food column for Spokane + Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine called “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.” She is an avid supporter of local restaurants, farmers’ markets, and artisans... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Baba 1242 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

6:00pm PDT

Spark Central Book Release with the Salish School
Join Spark Central and the Salish School in celebrating the release of their book Sn̓ilíʔtn̓: Writing about Home. This book was created through an exploratory, three-session poetry and short prose workshop where participants learned elements of the Salish language and dove into perspectives of heritage and home with the help of instructor LaRae Wiley from Spokane's Salish School and poet Laura Read. This event will be hosted by LaRea and Laura and will include readings from Sn̓ilíʔtn̓: Writing about Home. We would like to thank Spark Central for their continued partnership.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Authors
avatar for Laura Read

Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of But She Is Also Jane, forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2023, Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me... Read More →
avatar for LaRae Wiley

LaRae Wiley

LaRae Wiley is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She is a proud grandmother of five grandchildren and is one of the new fluent speakers of the highly endangered Colville language. LaRae is the Executive Director and a founder of Salish School of Spokane. Salish... Read More →



Thursday April 20, 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Spark Central 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

8:00pm PDT

Pie & Whiskey
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 →
avatar for Ben Cartwright

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 →
avatar for Kevin Decker

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 →
avatar for Nick Deshais

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 →
avatar for Jill Herrera

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 →
avatar for Kate Lebo

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 →
avatar for Sam Ligon

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 →
avatar for Gary Copeland Lilley

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 →
avatar for Emma Noyes

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 →
avatar for Daniel Orozco

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 →
avatar for Rochelle Smith

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

10:00pm PDT

Social Hour at Emma Rue's
For all the night owls who want a dedicated time to mix and mingle with festival attendees, Emma Rue’s has you covered! They are hosting a special 21+ festival after-party for readers and writers to come together for story-centered cocktails and desserts. These will especially come in handy if you’re still craving more pie and whiskey! Take this time to peruse our schedule and strategize your festival weekend with our friends at Emma Rue’s. They will even have a special cocktail and mocktail available inspired by one of our festival authors, which will be available during this social hour and for the entire month of April as part of our Inspired Partnerships program! Thank you to Emma Rue’s for the collaboration and support!

Emma Rue's is a luxe cafe that draws its inspiration from 1920s Paris. Their drinks are thoughtfully crafted and often come with a story of origin. You will find nods to literature, history, and the story behind elements in the beverages throughout our menu.


Thursday April 20, 2023 10:00pm - Friday April 21, 2023 12:00am PDT
Emma Rue's 17 S. Howard Street, Spokane, WA 99201
 
Friday, April 21
 

TBA

Private Author's Reception
*This is a private event for festival authors only. It is not open to the public. We thank Gander & Ryegrass for hosting us, and we encourage you to visit them another day!

Friday April 21, 2023 TBA
Gander & Ryegrass 404 W. Main Ave, Spokane

10:00am PDT

No Such Thing as a Dumb Idea: A Craft Class with Leah Sottile
When it comes to enterprise journalism and creative nonfiction, the most memorable stories can be based on ideas no editor in their right mind would accept. In this workshop, freelance journalist Leah Sottile will walk students through several stories her own editors raised their eyebrows at, but that evolved into some of her most memorable pieces of work. Afterward, attendees of this workshop will discuss their own weird ideas they've brought to the workshop, and together we'll create a toolbox that will help you figure out where to take the idea next, how to get started on research and how to create a pitch that can help sell the idea.

This class is ticketed ($35 plus fees) and capped at 35 attendees. Buy tickets here! *Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am. 

*This class is located in Events A on the first floor of the Spokane Central Library.

Authors
avatar for Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- Events A 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

10:00am PDT

The Parent-Child Relationship in Fiction: A Craft Class with Sindya Bhanoo
The Parent-Child Relationship in Fiction with Sindya Bhanoo

The parent-child relationship is complex and ever-evolving, rich with material that can be used to create and build powerful fiction. In this class, we will consider different stages of parenthood: pregnancy/adoption, infancy, childhood and adulthood. We will read and discuss short pieces and generate work. Although this class will focus on fiction, we will look at non-fiction as well, and discuss techniques that are applicable to both genres. You will come away from this class with four new story ideas.

This craft class is ticketed ($35 plus fees) and capped at 35 attendees.
Purchase your ticket here! *Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 20th at 8am.
 
*This class is located in Events A on the first floor of the Spokane Central Library. 

Authors
avatar for Sindya Bhanoo

Sindya Bhanoo

Sindya Bhanoo is the author of the story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, which was the winner of the New American Voices Award and longlisted for the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Disquiet Literary Prize and an... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- Events B 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

11:00am PDT

The Write Question: A Live Podcast Recording with Lauren Korn and Lisa Wells
Take a sneak peek behind the mic with Montana Public Radio's Lauren Korn when she interviews Believers author Lisa Wells for a future episode of The Write Question—MTPR's radio program and podcast "featuring authors from the American West and beyond!" Now in its sixteenth season, The Write Question has broadcast over 800 author interviews, hosted by the podcast's creator, Chérie Newman (2007-2017); her successor, writer Sarah Aronson (2017-2020); and now by the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, Lauren Korn (2020-present).

The featured title: Like most of us, Lisa Wells has spent years overwhelmed by increasingly urgent news of climate change on an apocalyptic scale. She did not need to be convinced of the stakes, but she could not find practical answers. She embarked on a pilgrimage, seeking wisdom and paths to action from outliers and visionaries, pragmatists and iconoclasts. Believers tracks through the lives of these people who are dedicated to repairing the earth and seemingly undaunted by the task ahead.

*This session is FREE but seating is extremely limited (8 attendees only) and so we will be running a contest for a chance to win! Those wishing to attend this event will need to enter our online giveaway. There are two ways to enter: 1.) Email us at getlit@ewu.edu with the subject line "Contest" and you will be entered, Or 2.) Follow us on Instagram and find instructions on our contest post. Winners will be notified April 1st and will also receive a prize pack from Montana Public Radio! 

Authors
avatar for Lauren Korn

Lauren Korn

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is a 2022 Fishtrap... 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 →



Friday April 21, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- Podcasting Studio 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

12:30pm PDT

Combining the Personal and the Political: A Craft Class with Toni Jensen
Combining the Personal and the Political: Weaving your Stories with the World’s News

We’re all influenced by political or topical news—whether as a source of inspiration or outrage. This craft workshop provides structures and advice on how to blend the news from the world into your own personal narratives. We’ll be guided by some of the following questions: What does it mean to blend our own stories with those of others? What does it mean to incorporate research or current events into the stories of our lives? We’ll wrestle with these questions, both their ethical and practical concerns, and explore ways in which creative nonfiction can look both inward and out at the broader world.

This is a ticketed event ($35 plus fees) capped at 35 attendees. Purchase your ticket here! *Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am. 

*This class is located in Events B on the first floor of the Spokane Central Library. 

Authors
avatar for Toni Jensen

Toni Jensen

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- Events B 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

1:30pm PDT

How to Start a Poem: A Craft Class with Ada Limón
Making Something from Nothing: How to Start a Poem with Ada Limón

Join us for an extremely rare and exciting opportunity to learn how to create a poem from scratch in this intimate craft class taught by the current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Ada’s role as Poet Laureate is to “raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” In this class, which can be attended by poets at any stage of their writing career, Ada will address the daunting task of beginning a poem with a blank page—how do you find inspiration? How do you know what you want to say? How do you create emotionally charged imagery that will make readers want to return to your poetry again and again? Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, who appoints the poet laureate, said that “Ada’s accessible, engaging poems ground us in where we are and who we share our world with. They speak of intimate truths, of the beauty and heartbreak that is living, in ways that help us move forward.” Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to spend two hours learning about poetry from our US Poet Laureate and festival headliner Ada Limón!

This craft class is ticketed ($45 plus fees) and capped at 50 attendees. Purchase your ticket here! ***This event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets!***

*This class is located in Events A on the first floor of the Spokane Central Library. 

Authors
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Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- Events A 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

4:00pm PDT

EWU MFA Alumni Around the Globe
In this panel, six authors from the U.S. who have lived abroad will engage in a cross-cultural dialogue about the importance of place and identity in their writing. The authors will share notes about the similarities and differences in their places and experiences and how these have been translated to the page, using specific examples from their own work. The panelists include Krista DeBehnke Attana (Costa Rica), Jim Hagengruber (India, Serbia, and others), Jessica Lakritz (Mexico), and Monet Thomas (China). The panel will be moderated by Jeff Fearnside (Kazakhstan) and Wendy Fox (Turkey).

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon! *Note that the authors may be present during the live chat so come prepared to meet them virtually and ask them about their work!

Authors
avatar for Jeff Fearnside

Jeff Fearnside

Jeff Fearnside is author of two full-length books and two chapbooks, most recently Ships in the Desert (SFWP, 2022) and A Husband and Wife Are One Satan (Orison Books, 2021), winner of the Orison Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies such... Read More →
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Wendy Fox

 Wendy J. Fox is the author of four books of fiction, including the novel If the Ice Had Held, a LitHub best pick in audio, and the recent short-story collection What If We Were Somewhere Else, which won the Colorado Book Award for literary fiction and earned a star for excellence... Read More →
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Jim Hagengruber

Jim Hagengruber earned his MFA in nonfiction in 2007 and is currently a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. While studying for his MFA, Jim was an environmental reporter for The Spokesman-Review and previously worked at newspapers in Montana and Wisconsin, as... Read More →
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Jessica Lakritz

Jessica Lakritz is an American writer and poet based in Mexico City. In 2010, she graduated from EWU with an MFA in Poetry and has been a professional freelance writer since 2013. Jessica has published two books of poetry and spent six years immersed in a multimedia poetry project... Read More →
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Monet Patrice Thomas

Monet Patrice Thomas is a writer living in Beijing, China. She holds an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. Her essays have been featured in Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger and Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us and her flash fiction has been... Read More →
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Krista DeBehnke Attana

Dr. Krista DeBehnke Attana is a poet, playwright, and educator from Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in English and Film Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2012, an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University in 2014, and a Ph.D in English (Drama and Folklore) from the University of... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Virtual

7:00pm PDT

Women Writing in Full Color
Join writers CMarie Fuhrman, Toni Jensen, and Jane Wong as they celebrate and interrogate their individuality and identity against the backdrop of history, expectations, and reality. Their poetry and prose challenge reader’s expectations and examine the impact of race and culture on their lives and writing. Jensen explores gun violence, land, and the lives of Indigenous women in her memoir-in-essays, Carry. Wong wrestles with Chinese immigrant life in the US and explores her own identity in both her poetry collection and her forthcoming memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, and Furhman, the 2021-2023 Idaho Writer in Residence and author of Camped Beneath the Dam, meditates on land and body while bearing witness to the challenges faced by underrepresented voices. Fuhrman, Jensen, and Wong will each give a reading of their own work and discuss how their backgrounds and identities influence and inform their writing. The work of these writers is all celebrated in Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World, an anthology which “. . . celebrates how women of color live and thrive in the world, and how they make their lives their own.” The anthology (along with all authors' books) will be available for purchase at the event via Auntie's Bookstore. We would like to thank Spokane Public Library for their partnership.

 This event is free and open to the public, no ticket is required. 

Authors
avatar for Jane Wong

Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, is forthcoming from Tin House in May 2023. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a... Read More →
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Toni Jensen

Toni Jensen is the author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice book (Ballantine 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and... Read More →
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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous... Read More →



Friday April 21, 2023 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
 
Saturday, April 22
 

9:00am PDT

Book Fair
Join us for our annual two-day Book Fair at the Montvale Event Center, which includes access to 17 festival events!

With this pass you will gain entry into our weekend festival hub, The Montvale Event Center, which hosts two full days of Book Fair and 17 events featuring dozens of festival authors including Chelsea Martin, Gabrielle Bates, Kate Lebo, Lisa Wells, Leah Sottile, Farnaz Fatemi, and many others! Events include readings celebrating the Cascadia anthology, our annual Poetry Salon, a LIVE Dungeons & Dragons game, and so much more! The Book Fair hosts 25+ local and regional booksellers, small presses, non-profits, and other bookish organizations. DOMA Coffee Roasting Company will be serving FREE coffee from 9-12 both days, and Feast World Kitchen will be selling lunch. This pass covers entry for both Saturday and Sunday and allows you to come and go as you please!

Purchase your ticket here! *Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am.

Note that this ticket does not cover our headlining event at The Bing or any ticketed event at the library. For information on additional ticketed events and dozens of free events, see our website. 

Here's who you'll find at this year's Book Fair! 
Auntie’s Bookstore; Books to Prisoners Spokane ; Atticus Books; Chatwin Books Publishing and Printing; Pah! Spokane Deaf club; Latah Books; Willow Springs Books; Willow Springs magazine; University of Hell; Lost Horse Press; Lynx House Press; Spokane Print and Publishing Center; Rock & Sling; North Idaho College; Giant Nerd Books; Floating Bridge Press; Spokane Arts; Spokane Playwrights Lab; Montana Public Radio / The Write Question; The Fig Tree; Blue Cactus Press, and others!

Saturday April 22, 2023 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Montvale Hall 1019 W 1st Ave

10:00am PDT

25 Years Later: Celebrating the Festival's Founders
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. 

Authors
avatar for D.S. Butterworth

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

10:30am PDT

Dragon Talk: A Conversation on D&D
If you haven’t noticed, Dungeons & Dragons has been quickly rising in popularity over the last few years and we at Get Lit! can certainly understand why! Players from many different backgrounds are connected by their shared love of storytelling, collaborative gameplay, and adventure. With the added element of improv and performance, D&D requires writers to think off the page and onto the stage, making it quite the challenging feat. We are thrilled to be hosting two D&D events again this year, starting with this conversation with writers, podcasters, and D&D enthusiasts Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito. Through this conversation, led by Dr. Terrance MacMullan, EWU Philosophy professor and D&D expert, we will learn more about the official D&D podcast Welcome to Dragon Talk, and how Shelly and Greg turned their interviews into a published collection. Join us to learn more about this exciting D&D wave that is crashing all over our country and beyond! Make sure to also join Shelly, Greg, Terry and others (including DM Justice Ramin Arman) for the LIVE D&D game on Sunday morning!

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.

Authors
avatar for Terrance MacMullan

Terrance MacMullan

Terrance MacMullan is an award-winning educator and author who has loved teaching Philosophy classes at EWU since 2002. Originally from Santurce, Puerto Rico, he is the author of Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction (Indiana UP) as well as publications on Latin American... Read More →
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Shelly Mazzanoble

Shelly Mazzanoble is the award-winning author of three books about Dungeons & Dragons: Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons: One Woman’s Quest to Trade Self-Help... Read More →
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Greg Tito

Greg Tito is an author, podcaster, and screenwriter currently residing in Seattle, but his heart will always be in Brooklyn where he lived for ten years. As a communications professional in the game industry, he’s made Dungeons & Dragons cool again by highlighting Hollywood talent... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave

11:00am PDT

The Mind, The Body, The Writer
Join us for a virtual reading and conversation on how physical and mental health impact our lives and can inform our writing. Writers Nicole Zelniker, Willa Schneberg, and Matthew Spaur all have real world experience helping people with various challenges to their health and well-being, and their experiences deeply inform their work and worldview. Willa offers a unique perspective as both a practicing poet and counselor; Matthew’s memoir chronicles his experiences with illness and loss within his own family; and Nicole’s experience with chronic illness informs her work both as a writer and as founder and editor-in-chief of Knee Brace Press, which publishes work on chronic illness and mental health. Following readings from all three writers, Nicole will lead a conversation.

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon! *Note that the authors may be present during the live chat so come prepared to meet them virtually and ask them about their work! 

Authors
avatar for Willa Schneberg

Willa Schneberg

Willa Schneberg is a poet, ceramic sculptor, interdisciplinary artist, essayist, curator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) in private practice. Her new poetry collection, entitled The Naked Room, illuminates issues pertaining to mental health. She is the author of five... Read More →
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Matthew Spaur

Matthew Spaur is the author of “Making a Small Fortune,” a memoir set in Spokane that chronicles his caring for family members battling seizures, addiction, and the rare disease porphyria. For more than 20 years, he has published fiction, nonfiction, and journalism. Spaur’s... Read More →
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Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker (she/they) is the author of several books, including “Until We Fall,” which was a finalist for the Forward Indie Awards in LGBTQ+ adult fiction. She’s also the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Knee Brace Press. Check out the rest of her work... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Virtual

11:30am PDT

You Can't Eat the Scenery
Lisa Wells writes about the environment, but she wouldn’t call herself an environmental writer. Kate Lebo writes about food, but she wouldn’t call herself a food writer. What’s their problem, anyway? Genre can be claustrophobic and cheesy. From Montaigne to Didion, many of literature's most celebrated authors have defied genre distinctions by employing personal, political, investigative, philosophical modes and more. But genre also provides essential guidelines and guardrails to the writer’s task. Then there’s publishing to consider. If you want to pitch a book, you should expect to be asked “What kind of book is it?” Meaning: What shelf should it go on? In this discussion, Lisa (author of Believers) and Kate (author of The Book of Difficult Fruit) will celebrate and complain about the challenges and pleasures of genre—and explore how to write beyond it.

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.

Authors
avatar for Kate Lebo

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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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 →



Saturday April 22, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

1:00pm PDT

Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
This reading celebrates the Cascadia Field Guide, a culmination of art, poetry, and stories that connect the reader to the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Cascadia and the beings that live there. Cascadia is the ecoregion stretching from South East Alaska to Northern California, spanning 2500 miles of the Pacific Coast. In this reading we will hear poems from anthology editors Derek Sheffield, Elizabeth Bradfield, and CMarie Fuhrman along with contributors Andrew C. Gottlieb, Betsy Aoki, and Gabrielle Bates. There will be another event celebrating the Cascadia anthology on Sunday that will feature readings during a guided outdoor walk beginning at High Bridge Park. Learn more about that event here!

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.

We would like to thank Western Colorado University's MFA in Creative Writing for their sponsorship of this event. Click here to learn more about Western and their MFA program, which offers four unique concentrations: Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, and Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television. Learn more about Western Colorado University's MFA program and all of our other supporters on our sponsor page.

Authors
avatar for Andrew C. Gottlieb

Andrew C. Gottlieb

Andrew C. Gottlieb's first full-length collection of poems, Tales of a Distance, came out in 2022, and he's the author of two chapbooks of poems, Flow Variations, Finishing Line Press 2017, and Halflives, published by New Michigan Press in 2005. Other writing—book reviews, essays... Read More →
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Betsy Aoki

Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki is a poet, fiction writer and game producer. Her first poetry collection, Breakpoint was a 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist  and published in March 2022 by Tebot Bach as the winner of the Patricia Bibby First Book Award.  Her poem “Slouching like a velvet rope” won the 2021 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown.Aoki has received fellowships from the... Read More →
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Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR, and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from... Read More →
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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous... Read More →
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Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Toward Antarctica, which uses haibun and her photographs to query the work of guiding tourists in Antarctica, and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. She has co-edited the anthologies Broadsided... Read More →
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Derek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry. He... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

1:30pm PDT

Lilac City Poets
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.

Authors
avatar for Mark Anderson

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

2:30pm PDT

Poetry Salon
Join us for an afternoon centered on the power of poetry and its place in the world. Our annual Salon is a chance for 4-5 poets to sit down together to discuss their craft—how they came to it, how they sustain it, and what gifts it can bring to those they share it with. Each poet brings a unique perspective and vast experience to the table, and every year we are stunned at the magic that takes place within these conversations. This year’s Salon includes poets with award-winning debut collections alongside seasoned veterans with several collections and double the accolades. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the most talented contemporary poets from our region and beyond!

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.

Authors
avatar for Derek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry. He... Read More →
avatar for Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR, and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from... Read More →
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Farnaz Fatemi

Farnaz Fatemi is an Iranian American writer and editor in Santa Cruz, CA. She is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective, which presents a weekly radio show and podcast in Santa Cruz County and hosts readings and poetry-related events, and was recently named Santa Cruz County... Read More →
avatar for CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous... 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 →



Saturday April 22, 2023 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

3:00pm PDT

Underrepresented Writers in Speculative Fiction
Join Missoula based writers Laramie Dean and Gwendolyn N. Nix, for a reading and panel discussion focused on representations of diverse sexual and gender identities in speculative fiction. Gwendolyn is the author of the Celestial Scripts Series (The Falling Dawn, and Seams of Shadow), Sharks of the Wasteland, and the recently released western horror, I Have Asked To Be Where No Storms Come. Laramie is writer of queer horror fiction and the director of theater at Hellgate High School in Missoula. Laramie’s first novel, Black Forest, was published by Inkshares in 2022. Following their readings, Laramie and Gwendolyn will discuss how working within the genres of horror, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic fiction offers spaces for traditionally underrepresented writers.

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.

Authors
avatar for Gwendolyn N Nix

Gwendolyn N Nix

Gwendolyn N Nix is an editor with Aconyte Books and the author of the Celestial Scripts fantasy series (The Falling Dawn and Seams of Shadow), Sharks of the Wasteland, and the newly released dark fantasy weird west, I Have To Be Where No Storms Come. She lives in Missoula with... Read More →
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Laramie Dean

Laramie Dean is a Montana writer of queer horror fiction and the director of theatre at Hellgate High School in Missoula. He has recently published several plays from Theatrefolk, including Dracula, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Finding Jo March, a queered adaptation of Louisa... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave

4:00pm PDT

Finding the Facts: A Reading and Conversation on Freelance Journalism
Join us for a reading and conversation on the state of freelance journalism today. Journalism is at the heart of democracy, but it seems it is more challenging than ever to navigate this unique landscape. How do today’s journalists wrestle with public responsibility and the ever blurring line between opinion and fact? What ideas and obstacles does today’s journalistic landscape present to freelance writers? Writers and reporters Sindya Bhanoo, Vanessa A. Bee, and Leah Sotille will discuss the challenges and rewards of being a journalist/freelance reporter today. Sindya is a longtime journalist, who has reported for the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Vanessa’s nonfiction writing has appeared in N+1, The Cut, The New Republic, The Nation, and Guernica, among others. Leah is a contributor to the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. This conversation will be led by Emma Epperly, a general assignment reporter at the Spokesman-Review.

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.

Authors
avatar for Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy... Read More →
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Sindya Bhanoo

Sindya Bhanoo is the author of the story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, which was the winner of the New American Voices Award and longlisted for the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Disquiet Literary Prize and an... Read More →
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Emma Epperly

Emma Epperly is a general assignment reporter at the Spokesman-Review. Previously, she covered breaking news, court, and crime. She previously worked at the Columbia Basin Herald covering the Washington State Legislature. A 2018 graduate of Washington State University, she studied... Read More →
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Vanessa A. Bee

Vanessa A. Bee is a consumer protection lawyer, essayist, and the author of Home Bound: Reflections of an Uprooted Daughter. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in N+1, The Cut, The New Republic, The Nation, and Guernica, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Catapult Magazine... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

7:00pm PDT

An Evening with US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, Laura Read, and Gabrielle Bates
We are overjoyed to be celebrating our 25th anniversary with an evening of poetry featuring the current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón! Ada has said that her job as Poet Laureate is to “elevate, celebrate, and speak to poetry’s role—the power of this art form and what it has the potential to do.” At this special headlining event, Ada will be joined by Laura Read and Gabrielle Bates. Beloved Spokane poet Laura Read is the author of four award-winning collections, most recently But She Is Also Jane winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Laura is a former Spokane Poet Laureate who teaches at both SFCC and EWU. Gabrielle Bates, whose debut poetry collection Judas Goat was just published with Tin House, has been playing a major role in the poetry scene in Seattle through her work with Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, Open Books, Seattle's Writers in the Schools, and her podcast The Poet Salon. All three poets will be reading from their latest collections, and following the readings Gabrielle will lead a conversation on poetry and its power to connect us all. It is incredibly special for us to present these three writers on stage together to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we hope you’ll join us!

This event is ticketed ($25 plus fees). **Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am via this link**


Authors
avatar for Ada Limón

Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award... Read More →
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Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR, and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from... Read More →
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Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of But She Is Also Jane, forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2023, Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2023 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
The Bing Crosby Theater 901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA
 
Sunday, April 23
 

9:00am PDT

Book Fair
Join us for our annual two-day Book Fair at the Montvale Event Center, which includes access to 17 festival events!

With this pass (click here to purchase!) you will gain entry into our weekend festival hub, The Montvale Event Center, which hosts two full days of Book Fair and 17 events featuring dozens of festival authors including Chelsea Martin, Gabrielle Bates, Kate Lebo, Lisa Wells, Leah Sottile, Farnaz Fatemi, and many others! Events include readings celebrating the Cascadia anthology, our annual Poetry Salon, a LIVE Dungeons & Dragons game, and so much more!

The Book Fair hosts 25+ local and regional booksellers, small presses, non-profits, and other bookish organizations. DOMA Coffee Roasting Company will be serving FREE coffee from 9-12 both days, and Feast World Kitchen will be selling lunch. This pass covers entry for both Saturday and Sunday and allows you to come and go as you please! Purchase ticket here.

Note that this ticket does not cover our headlining event at The Bing or any ticketed event at the library. For information on additional ticketed events and dozens of free events, see our website. 

Here's who you'll find at this year's Book Fair! 
Auntie’s Bookstore; Books to Prisoners Spokane ; Atticus Books; Chatwin Books Publishing and Printing; Pah! Spokane Deaf club; Latah Books; Willow Springs Books; Willow Springs magazine; University of Hell; Lost Horse Press; Lynx House Press; Spokane Print and Publishing Center; Rock & Sling; North Idaho College; Giant Nerd Books; Floating Bridge Press; Spokane Arts; Spokane Playwrights Lab; Montana Public Radio / The Write Question; The Fig Tree; Blue Cactus Press, and others!

Sunday April 23, 2023 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Montvale Hall 1019 W 1st Ave

9:30am PDT

Conversations Over Coffee
Are you a novelist looking for a critique group? A poet looking for other poets to share prompts and inspiration? Are you a reader and want to talk about the books you can't get out of your head? Join us for our second-annual Conversations Over Coffee! This session (inspired by an Unconference format) offers participant-driven conversations that cover a range of topics--essentially anything you’d like to talk with others about! Join us, bring your expertise and your hopes to connect on any question or topic, and we'll create in-the-moment Zoom breakout rooms so that people can talk about their interests with others.

Must Read Fiction began because reader and writer Erin Popelka believes that her life is better when she’s got a novel in hand. In 2017, she started Must Read Fiction, a social media community to meet other readers who feel the same way. The result: a vibrant place for readers to connect to their next great read, hear the story behind the story with author interviews, and receive free books! Join us!

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. 

Authors
avatar for Erin Popelka

Erin Popelka

Erin Popelka is a reader, writer, and the founder of Must Read Fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, and Berkeley Fiction Review, among others. As founder of Must Read Fiction, she facilitates an online... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Montvale Event Center: Second Floor Lounge 1019 W 1st Ave

10:00am PDT

The Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukranian Poetry Series
The Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series was founded in 2017 by Christine Holbert (Publisher) and Grace Mahoney (Series Editor). Since its founding, two to four books of Ukrainian poetry in English translation are published annually with the Series. The editions are dual-language, include introductory essays, and feature the leading poets and translators of the Ukrainian language working today. The Series has garnered critical attention in the form of literary awards and reviews, including a PEN America Award for Poetry, the Derek Walcott Prize, and one title is a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
 
From its earliest oral traditions, poetry has been an integral part of Ukrainian culture— a vital force of its very psyche. In recent times, this was evidenced during the Euro-Maidan Revolution when Taras Shevchenko’s poems were recited over loudspeakers, and poets joined in the protests in full force. While the war in eastern Ukraine continues to impact families across the nation as they grapple with grief, trauma, depression, and displacement, many contemporary poets highlight and ponder current realities, the nation’s past, and what lies ahead.
 
This project is both compelling and critical because it exposes English-language audiences to contemporary Ukrainian poetry—an underrepresented voice in contemporary world literature. Additionally, the series contributes to the preservation and promotion of Ukrainian language in its highest artistic form, highlighting a language and culture that has been threatened, both historically and contemporarily, by imperialist expansion and hegemony. The Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series includes a diversity of gender and regional origin among its featured poets, as well as work by both emerging and established poets and translators.
 
Lost Horse Press is an independent poetry press, based in Liberty Lake, Washington, whose publications are distributed by Washington State University Press. Lost Horse Press’ books are distributed world-wide.

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon! 

Authors
avatar for Christine Holbert

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 →
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Grace Mahoney

Grace Mahoney is a scholar and translator of Ukrainian and Russian literature. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan and serves as the series editor of the award-winning Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry... Read More →
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Dzvinia Orolosky

Pushcart Prize poet, translator, a founding editor of Four Way Books, DZVINIA ORLOWSKY is the author of six poetry collections published by Carnegie Mellon University Press including her most recent, Bad Harvest, named a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in Poetry. She... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Virtual

10:00am PDT

Get Crit!: Dungeons and Dragons LIVE
We are so excited to present Get Lit!’s second-annual live Dungeons & Dragons game! In the past few years, TV shows like Strangers Things along with the rise in popularity of the fantasy genre has brought this involved role-playing-game to the center of the pop culture zeitgeist. At the intersection of collaborative storytelling, voice acting, and improv, players work together to fight battles, solve mysteries, and create long lasting friendships with their fellow players. Whether you’re playing or participating in a game of D&D, there is sure to be excitement and adventure for all.
This year’s game features Dungeon Master Justice Ramin Arman who will be running a campaign from Wizards of the Coast’s Keys to the Golden Vault, a 9th-level train heist titled “Affair on the Concordant Express.” Arman is an experienced DM and professional game designer. Players include Travis Baldree, local author and audiobook narrator; Dr. Melissa Bedford, literacy professor and advocate; Greg Tito, author, podcastor and screenwriter; Shelly Mazzanoble, professional D&D writer; and Dahveed Bullis, actor, director, and co-founder of the Spokane Playwrights Lab. This event was envisioned by EWU’s Dr. Terrance MacMullan who will be our host.

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.

Authors
avatar for Justice Ramin Arman

Justice Ramin Arman

Justice Ramin Arman (he/him) is an Iranian American writer, game master, and amateur chef living near Seattle, Washington. He works for Wizards of the Coast as a Senior Game Designer on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop team. When he’s not creating or posting about games, you can... Read More →
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Dahveed Bullis

Dahveed Bullis is professional actor and director with 20 years of experience in the arts (Stage & Film). He is an alumnus of Eastern Washington University’s Theatre Arts Program. He is the co-founder of Spokane Playwrights Laboratory, he runs the theatre arts program at Company... Read More →
avatar for Travis Baldree

Travis Baldree

Travis Baldree is a full-time audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to hundreds of stories. Before that, he spent decades designing and building video games like Torchlight, Rebel Galaxy, and Fate. Apparently, he now also writes books. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his... Read More →
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Shelly Mazzanoble

Shelly Mazzanoble is the award-winning author of three books about Dungeons & Dragons: Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons: One Woman’s Quest to Trade Self-Help... Read More →
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Greg Tito

Greg Tito is an author, podcaster, and screenwriter currently residing in Seattle, but his heart will always be in Brooklyn where he lived for ten years. As a communications professional in the game industry, he’s made Dungeons & Dragons cool again by highlighting Hollywood talent... Read More →
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Melissa Bedford

A wearer of many hats, Dr. Melissa Bedford (she/her) is a former public-school teacher, current teacher educator, elected school board director, super nerdy bibliophile, and proud Asian American. She is an assistant professor of literacy at EWU and engages in education research, including... Read More →
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Terrance MacMullan

Terrance MacMullan is an award-winning educator and author who has loved teaching Philosophy classes at EWU since 2002. Originally from Santurce, Puerto Rico, he is the author of Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction (Indiana UP) as well as publications on Latin American... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

10:30am PDT

Write/Paper/Prompt: A Generative Board Game
Join us for a unique and interactive writing-game experience—like speed dating with writing prompts! Join poet Amelia Díaz Ettinger for a lively game which is sure to spark your creativity and inspire new poems, short stories, and beyond. The board game involves dice, puzzle pieces, writing prompts, and more that work together to create a fun, fast paced atmosphere to generate new work and ideas. When the game finishes, each player will have worked with multiple prompts and will leave with the beginnings of several new works. So, whether you’re looking for inspiration, new writing friends, or a burst of creative energy this Sunday morning, don’t miss Amelia’s writing board game! Participants will be provided with all the necessary materials needed to play.

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. 

Authors
avatar for Amelia Díaz Ettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a Latinx BIPOC poet and writer. Her books include Learning to Love a Western Sky by Airlie Press, a bilingual book of poetry, Speaking at a Time /Hablando a la Vez by Redbat Press, and a chapbook, Fossils in a Red Flag by Finishing Line Press. A new chapbook... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave

10:30am PDT

VoiceOver: An EWU MFA Open-Mic
Come meet and mingle with EWU’s talented MFA alumni for a celebratory brunch and open-mic. Everyone is welcome to stop by for refreshments, socialize, and hear readings from current students and alumni from EWU’s MFA program in creative writing. This event will be a hybrid VoiceOver (a student-run reading series that has been running in the MFA program for decades!) and open-mic, so we will have 3 featured readers who are current students in Eastern's MFA program and the event will be hosted by the hosts of VoiceOver!

If you’re a current student or graduate of Eastern’s MFA program, please come join us and sign up to share your work! Readings will be 3-5 minutes — the general public is also welcome to sign up to read, but priority will be given to Eastern MFA students and alumni. Beer, wine, mimosas, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available!

We will also have a team of alums who will be hosting Literary Trivia following the readings! Bar area will be restricted to 21+ and readings and trivia will take place in the lounge.

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.


Sunday April 23, 2023 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Second Floor Lounge 1019 W 1st Ave

12:30pm PDT

Celebrating the Japanese American Experience with Betsy Aoki and Elaine Cockrell
Come meet writers Elaine Cockrell and Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki whose work illuminates and celebrates the Japanese American experience. Betsy is a poet, fiction writer, and game designer whose award-winning first collection Breakpoint combines lyrical free verse with found “code poems” to explore the technological and societal landscape. Betsy infuses both her Japanese heritage and her love for tech into her poetry which takes readers on a powerful journey through Japanese folklore, family stories, and internment camps using modern and magical imagery. Through exhaustive research and her own family stories, Elaine Cockrell’s historical novel A Shrug of the Shoulders paints a vivid picture of the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Through multiple points of view and dozens of vivid settings, author Elaine Cockrell creates a mosaic of Japanese-American perseverance: one tiled with humor, frustration, despair, anger, and love. We are thrilled to present this cross-genre event in collaboration with the JACL and we thank them for their sponsorship.

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. 

Authors
avatar for Betsy Aoki

Betsy Aoki

Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki is a poet, fiction writer and game producer. Her first poetry collection, Breakpoint was a 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist  and published in March 2022 by Tebot Bach as the winner of the Patricia Bibby First Book Award.  Her poem “Slouching like a velvet rope” won the 2021 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown.Aoki has received fellowships from the... Read More →
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Elaine Cockrell

Elaine Cockrell grew up amid wheat and sugar beet fields of her family's farm near Adrian, Oregon. She lived in a multi-cultural world with Basque sheepherders, Mexican itinerant fieldhands, and Japanese-American families, most of whom settled there at the end of World War II. After... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave

1:30pm PDT

Readings from the Eclectic North
Join us in celebrating our literary neighbors from the north for a cross-genre reading from three talented Canadian writers Leesa Dean, Susan Andrews Grace, and Jane Byers. Jane, whose poetry has been included in a Best Canadian Poetry anthology, will be celebrating her recent memoir Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family, Susan will be reading from her sixth book of poetry Hypatia’s Wake, and Leesa Dean, whose story collection Waiting for the Cyclone was nominated for the 2017 Trillium and ReLit Awards, will be reading from her exciting new novella-in-verse based on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, title The Filling Station. Don't miss an eclectic hour of poetry, memoir and genre-bending CNF from these talented Canadian writers.

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.

Authors
avatar for Jane Byers

Jane Byers

Jane Byers’ memoir Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family (Caitlin Press-Dagger Editions) was released in September 2020. She has also published two poetry collections, Acquired Community, (2016, Caitlin Press-Dagger Editions), a 2017 Goldie Award Winner... Read More →
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Leesa Dean

Leesa Dean is a graduate of Concordia (BA) and the University of Guelph's (MFA) Creative Writing programs and teaches Creative Writing at Selkirk College in Castlegar, British Columbia. Her previous publications include Waiting for the Cyclone, nominated for the 2017 Trillium and... Read More →
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Susan Andrews Grace

Susan Andrews Grace’s sixth book of poetry is Hypatia’s Wake (Inanna Publications, 2022.) Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being (Signature Editions, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2014 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia where she... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

2:00pm PDT

Regional MFA Reading
This year’s Regional MFA Reading, an event that has been a festival mainstay for many years, is now coming to you virtually! This format allows us to present an exciting lineup of readers from five Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts programs across the Northwest. Each school has sent us one MFA candidate to read their work, and students will be introduced by a creative writing faculty member. We are excited to get to know students and faculty members from these programs—this year we have Boise State, University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, University of Montana, and of course our own Eastern Washington University represented. We hope you’ll join us to hear fiction, nonfiction, and poetry readings from our region’s rising talents!

This event is virtual and will premiere at the time scheduled above. YouTube link coming soon!

Authors
avatar for Kelli Strain

Kelli Strain

Kelli Strain is in her second year studying creative writing in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. She is originally from Spokane, has moved away several times, but it keeps pulling her back. In the past Kelli has dabbled in teaching, caregiving, and flight attending... Read More →
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Christopher Densmore

Christopher Densmore is non-fiction candidate in Eastern Oregon University’s MFA in Creative and Environmental Writing, where he is a recipient of the Thomas Madden Scholarship and the EOU-Fishtrap Teaching Fellowship. He edits the student literary magazine Oregon East there, has... Read More →
avatar for Grace Butler

Grace Butler

Grace Butler is a fiction writer from Waterbury Center, Vermont. She is pursuing an MFA at the University of Montana after spending several years living in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington. She holds a BFA in Environmental Humanities from Whitman College (2018), where she... Read More →
avatar for Jonas Myers

Jonas Myers

Jonas Myers is a musician, writer, teacher, bicycle wanderer, and proud lifelong Cascadian. After studying creative writing at Whitman College, he spent most of his twenties working as a jazz pianist and singer-songwriter in his hometown of Seattle. He is now a 2nd-year fiction student... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Hedge

Aaron Hedge

Aaron Hedge is a second-year nonfiction student in the MFA program at EWU, writing about religion, his family, and environmental issues in the Inland Northwest. He has Master of Science in EnvironmentalStudies from Prescott College and has written for Vox, the Guardian, Black Bear... Read More →
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Libby Croce

Libby Croce is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where she studied English and Creative Writing. Libby loves most things (except for bugs).
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Daisy Clar Rosenstock

Daisy Clar Rosenstock is a second-year poetry student at Boise State University. Her work explores the very spirit of writing, and she is specifically interested in when said spirit shifts from one place to another and whether or not this is abandonment or simply a higher plane of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Virtual

3:00pm PDT

Finding Home on the Page
Join Farnaz Fatemi, Sindya Bhanoo and Vanessa A. Bee for a reading and conversation surrounding the concept of home and belonging. How do writers wrestle with the complex, often messy liminal spaces each of us inhabit daily? How can we use poetry and prose to define home and belonging? Farnaz’s poetry collection Sister Tongue خواهر زبان explores the space between family, language, and self as she meditates on how connections between people and places are shaped. Sindya’s short story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere centers on the journeys of South Indian immigrants and the families they leave behind, focusing on themes including diaspora and displacement. In her book of essays, Home Bound: Reflections of an Uprooted Daughter, Vanessa Bee reflects on her childhood traveling across both literal and figurative borders while searching for her identity and attempting to define what it means to belong.

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.

Authors
avatar for Farnaz Fatemi

Farnaz Fatemi

Farnaz Fatemi is an Iranian American writer and editor in Santa Cruz, CA. She is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective, which presents a weekly radio show and podcast in Santa Cruz County and hosts readings and poetry-related events, and was recently named Santa Cruz County... Read More →
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Sindya Bhanoo

Sindya Bhanoo is the author of the story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, which was the winner of the New American Voices Award and longlisted for the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Disquiet Literary Prize and an... Read More →
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Vanessa A. Bee

Vanessa A. Bee is a consumer protection lawyer, essayist, and the author of Home Bound: Reflections of an Uprooted Daughter. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in N+1, The Cut, The New Republic, The Nation, and Guernica, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Catapult Magazine... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

4:00pm PDT

Walking Spokane's Wilds with Cascadia Field Guide
Join us for a special outdoor event at High Bridge Park, one of several wilder areas of downtown Spokane, to celebrate the Cascadia Field Guide, an anthology that “brings together art, poetry, and stories holding scientific, sensory, and cultural knowledge to celebrate and illuminate Cascadia, the diverse ecoregion stretching from Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Northern California and from the Pacific Coast to the Continental Divide." Participants will take a guided walk with poets Derek Sheffield, Andrew Gottlieb, CMarie Fuhrman, Maya Jewell Zeller, Kathryn Smith, and Elizabeth Bradfield. The poets will stop for readings at each being they encounter that's referenced in the Cascadia Field Guide: Ponderosa Pine, Raven, Steelhead, Sagebrush, Coyote, Bald Eagle, Caddisfly...and who knows, maybe even a Black Bear or Western Rattlesnake! At each stop, the poets will read a poem and discuss the ecology as well as the nature of our artistic field guide. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the beauty of our natural world with Cascadia poets! *Attendees should meet in the High Bridge Park parking lot 15 minutes before the event begins.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. *Attendees should meet in the High Bridge Park parking lot 15 minutes before the event begins.


We would like to thank Western Colorado University's MFA in Creative Writing for their sponsorship of this event. Click here to learn more about Western and their MFA program, which offers four unique concentrations: Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, and Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television.  

Authors
avatar for Andrew C. Gottlieb

Andrew C. Gottlieb

Andrew C. Gottlieb's first full-length collection of poems, Tales of a Distance, came out in 2022, and he's the author of two chapbooks of poems, Flow Variations, Finishing Line Press 2017, and Halflives, published by New Michigan Press in 2005. Other writing—book reviews, essays... Read More →
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Derek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry. He... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Toward Antarctica, which uses haibun and her photographs to query the work of guiding tourists in Antarctica, and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. She has co-edited the anthologies Broadsided... Read More →
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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous... Read More →
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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith’s most recent poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021), won the Jake Adam York Prize and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She has received awards from Artist Trust, Spokane Arts, and the Allied Arts Foundation, and... Read More →
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts, the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees, and the poetry collection Rust Fish. She is also co-editor, with Sharma Shields, of the anthology, Evergreen... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
High Bridge Park 330 S A St, Spokane, WA 99224

4:30pm PDT

Poetry and Prose
Join Pacific Northwest authors Gabrielle Bates and Chelsea Martin for an afternoon of poetry and prose. Gabrielle Bates will read from her debut poetry collection Judas Goat followed by Chelsea Martin reading from her debut novel Tell Me I’m an Artist. Chelsea and Gabrielle both approach their craft in ambitious and unique ways, sharing poems and stories that are at once intimate and unshakable. After reading their work, Chelsea and Gabrielle will be in conversation with Spokane’s own Sharma Shields, writer and author of the short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and her most recent, The Cassandra.

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.

Authors
avatar for Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR, and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from... Read More →
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Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is the author of Tell Me I'm an Artist, Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Even Though I Don't Miss You, and several other books. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008 and lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and child.
avatar for Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and The Cassandra. Sharma’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Lit, Catapult, Slice, Slate, Fairy Tale Review... Read More →



Sunday April 23, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave

7:00pm PDT

Spokane Stories
Help us close out our 25th anniversary festival with some of our favorite Spokane writers Jess Walter, Leyna Krow, and Sharma Shields! Jess and Leyna will both be reading from their most recent books—Leyna’s historical novel Fire Season, which Jess Walter described as “devilishly funny and endlessly inventive” follows three scheming opportunists as their paths collide following a devastating fire in 1880’s Spokane. Over the years, Jess Walter has chosen Spokane for the backdrop of many of his short stories along with his historical novel The Cold Millions which is set not long after Leyna’s novel, in early 1900’s Spokane. Both writers use wry humor, memorable characters, and high emotional stakes to create beautiful stories set in Spokane and beyond. Following their readings, they will be in conversation with best-selling Spokane writer Sharma Shields. We would like to thank Spokane Public Library for their partnership on this event. 

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required. 

Authors
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Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books 2017) and the novel Fire Season (Viking 2022), which was nominated for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second story collection Sinkhole & Other Inexplicable... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and two novels, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and The Cassandra. Sharma’s short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Lit, Catapult, Slice, Slate, Fairy Tale Review... Read More →
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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 →



Sunday April 23, 2023 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Spokane Public Library- nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
 
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