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Monday, April 11
 

6:30pm

Beacon Hill Reading Series
Kick off the Get Lit! Festival week with an evening of poetry presented by the Beacon Hill Reading Series, which features both local and regional authors. Meant to unite the various literary communities of Spokane, the series aims to make well-crafted writing accessible to a general audience. It is curated and hosted by writers Maya Jewell Zeller, Laura Read and Gwen James. The series is free and open to the public.

Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of Grayling (Perugia Press) and One Hundred Steps from Shore (Blue Begonia Press). Awards include the Perugia Press Prize, the Orlando Poetry Prize, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her work appears in Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. Jenifer serves on the advisory board for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, and lives on Puget Sound. She edits the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review.

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Best American Essays 2015Best New Poets 2011New England Review, Willow SpringsHobartGastronomica, and Ninth Letter, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. She works with food writers privately to midwife their cookbook manuscripts, and she teaches creative writing at literary arts centers across the nation.

Katharine Whitcomb is a third generation Whitcomb living in eastern Washington (grandfather was an entomologist, father was a language teacher). She’s taught creative writing at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington since 2004. Her second full-length collection of poems, The Daughter’s Almanac, was chosen by Patricia Smith as the 2014 Backwaters Prize winner. Her other books include Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press), Saints of South Dakota (Bluestem Press) and The Art Courage Program (Jaded Ibis Press).

Moderators
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Laura Read

Laura Read is Spokane’s second poet laureate, appointed to the position October, 2015. She is the author of the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You and the collection Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, which won the 2011 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the book Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011) and the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015); other essays and poems appear widely. Maya teaches writing for Gonzaga University, Central Washington University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane, and directs the Beacon Hill Reading Series. She lives north of town with her family. Learn more about Maya at her website: mayajewellzeller.com... Read More →

Authors
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Best American Essays 2015, Best New Poets 2011, New England Review, Willow Springs, Hobart, Gastronomica, and Ninth Letter, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. She works with food writers privately to midwife their cookbook... Read More →


Monday April 11, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
SCC, Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities 1810 N. Greene St
 
Tuesday, April 12
 

6:30pm

Periodic Table of Poetry: Presented by INK Art Space
The Periodic Table of Poems is a project that asks Spokane-area poets to closely examine their personal experiences and memories using an element of their choice.

The basic elements of our universe are ever-present: in the air we breathe, the soil we touch, the materials with which we work, and our own bodies. Very seldom do we pay attention to the building blocks of life, and how they feature in our daily experiences.

Leading up to the Get Lit! Festival, INK Art Space will host two writing workshops around this theme, led by poets and educators Brooke Matson and Laura Read. For more information on the workshops and how to register, visit inkspokane.org.

During the festival, we will celebrate the poets who participated in the Periodic Table workshops by hearing their work read aloud. The event is free and open to the public, with all ages welcome. A bound book, featuring work by the participating writers, will be for sale, with proceeds going to support INK's programs.

The evening will also feature a special appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall!

Authors
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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall is Washington State’s Poet Laureate and a professor at Gonzaga University. His books of poetry include Bugle, The Tangled Line, and Dare Say. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets,Range of Voices.
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Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson is a Washington poet and educator. She attended Gonzaga University where she received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. The Moons, her first full-length collection of poetry, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012. Her poetry has also been published in Floating Bridge Review, several anthologies and various issues of RiverLit, for which she was the 2014 Poet in Residence.
avatar for Laura Read

Laura Read

Laura Read is Spokane’s second poet laureate, appointed to the position October, 2015. She is the author of the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You and the collection Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, which won the 2011 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.


Tuesday April 12, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
INK Art Space (inside Spark Center) 1214 W. Summit Parkway, Spokane, 99201

6:30pm

Teen & College Poetry Slams!
A poetry slam is an outlet for poets to express their voices by performing their work in the form of a competition, scored by an audience of judges. It's a dynamic event where creative thinkers explore their words on the page and out loud, not to mention have a blast with the audience and with one another.

The Get Lit! poetry slams turn the stage over to teens (15-18) and college students of any age. Participants are welcome to participate alone or in teams at these energetic contests.

At the teen and college slams, each participant should bring two poems, and each performance will be scored, following the same rules as Spokane Poetry Slam. Poets are judged on content, originality and performance, and limited to three minutes per round. The host for the event will be poet and arts organizer Mark Anderson!

Registration begins 30 minutes before each slam. Registration is free, but we ask that participants bring canned food for the WITC drive. For more information, contact witc.ewu@gmail.com.

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



Moderators
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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is a poet and co-founder of Broken Mic, a weekly poetry open mic that has served as catalyst to the Spokane poetry scene. In 2012 he received the first Ken Warfel Fellowship for poets who have made substantial contributions to their communities.

Tuesday April 12, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Bartlett 228 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

8:00pm

Book Launch: Shawn Vestal & Sam Ligon
Join us as we launch new books by fiction writers Shawn Vestal and Samuel Ligon! We'll celebrate the publication of Shawn Vestal's debut novel Daredevils, as well as Sam Ligon's latest novel Among the Dead and Dreaming and his new collection of short fiction, Wonderland. Each will read short excerpts from their books, followed by conversation moderated by Jess Walter. Free admission. Beverages will be available for purchase. Auntie's Bookstore will provide book sales, and all three authors will be available to sign books.

Moderators
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Jess Walter

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has been widely published.

Authors
avatar for Sam Ligon

Sam Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories,Wonderland and Drift and Swerve. His short fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Okey-Panky, among other places, and his essays appear in The Inlander.
avatar for Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal is the author of the novel Daredevils (2016) as well as Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories that was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." Godforsaken Idaho was also longlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named an outstanding collection by The Story Prize. Vestal... Read More →




Tuesday April 12, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Washington Cracker Building 304 W. Pacific Spokane, WA 99201
 
Wednesday, April 13
 

10:00am

My Worst Job: A Writing Workshop with Carolyne Wright

My Worst Job and Other True (or False) Confessions

What was your worst job interview, or job, or date, or marriage?  The most exquisitely embarrassing moment, the time you wished the earth would open and swallow you?  Tell of that hellhole you crawled out of to laugh another day, and in the confessions (real or imagined) you write in this workshop!

Bring your own pen/pencil and paper and be ready to write! $20 students/$30 general. Registration through BrownPaperTickets.com

Special thanks to our partners INK and the Spark Center for hosting this workshop.


Wednesday April 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Spark Center 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

4:00pm

Becoming a Writer: A Panel for Teens Presented by INKlings
Hosted and emceed by teen writers participating in INKlings, a teen writing group mentored by local authors, this discussion will cover a wide range of topics relevant to young writers, driven by their questions about how to approach revision, how to submit their work, whether to pursue formal study in creative writing, and much, much more. The panel of adult authors, who write in a wide range of genres and styles, will speak about their early experiences with writing, how they've stuck with it over the years, and offer tips and advice in response to questions from young writers.

The INKlings is a teen writing group that helps high schoolers take their skills to the next level while learning alongside published local authors. This group grows together as writers in a creative, encouraging environment with an eye on publication opportunities.

Authors
avatar for Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes is a young-adult author from Spokane. Her first book, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, retells the Grimm brother’s fairy tale “The Handless Maiden” using the modern setting of a religious cult. Oakes earned her MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University.
avatar for Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy

Trent holds a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  In 2004 and 2005 he served as a combat engineer with the Army National Guard, an experience that inspired him to write his first novel for young people Words in the Dust (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic 2011).  Since then he has published fivemore novels, Stealing Air, If... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of the young adult novel On The Road to Find Out and four books of creative nonfiction: Admissions Confidential, The Pig and I, Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running, and Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux June 7, 2016.
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Jess Walter

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has been widely published.


Wednesday April 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Spark Center 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm

Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace
Editor Carolyne Wright and contributor Kate Lebo will read work from the Lost Horse Press anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter:Women Poets Occupy the Workplace. They'll be joined by  Spokane poets reading work about their workplace experiences, including Maya Jewell Zeller (author of Yesterday, the Bees), Kathryn Smith, and Brooke Matson (The Moons). Following brief readings, the poets will take audience questions about the anthology, their work, how the subject of equal pay has risen to the forefront of our cultural conversation, and more.

Authors
avatar for Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Best American Essays 2015, Best New Poets 2011, New England Review, Willow Springs, Hobart, Gastronomica, and Ninth Letter, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. She works with food writers privately to midwife their cookbook... Read More →
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Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson is a Washington poet and educator. She attended Gonzaga University where she received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. The Moons, her first full-length collection of poetry, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012. Her poetry has also been published in Floating Bridge Review, several anthologies and various issues of RiverLit, for which she was the 2014 Poet in Residence.
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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith is a graduate of EWU’s MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, Third Coast, Ruminate, Cleaver Magazine, and several other journals, magazines and anthologies, and her work has been nominated for Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. A mini-chapbook, Tracing the New Stars, was just published by Rock & Sling. She works at The Spokesman-Review as a copy editor and page designer.
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the book Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011) and the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015); other essays and poems appear widely. Maya teaches writing for Gonzaga University, Central Washington University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane, and directs the Beacon Hill Reading Series. She lives north of town with her family. Learn more about Maya at her website: mayajewellzeller.com... Read More →


Wednesday April 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Spark Center 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm

A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam
The rising population known as "nones" for its members' lack of religious affiliation is changing American society, politics, and culture. Many nones believe in God and even visit places of worship, but they do not identify with a specific faith or belong to a spiritual community. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and in this layered narrative, she describes what it is like for her and thousands of others to live without religion or to be spiritual without committing to a specific faith.

Nicolaou tours America's major traditional religions to see what, if anything, one might lack without God. She moves through Christianity's denominations, learning their tenets and worshiping alongside their followers. She travels to Los Angeles to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to educate herself about Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. She explores what light they can shed on the fears and failings of her past, and these encounters prove the significant role religion still plays in modern life. They also exemplify the vibrant relationship between religion and American culture and the enduring value it provides to immigrants and outsiders. Though she remains a devout none, Nicolaou's experiences reveal points of contact between the religious and the unaffiliated, suggesting that nones may be radically revising the practice of faith in contemporary times.

Wednesday April 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Auntie's Bookstore 402 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
 
Thursday, April 14
 

7:00pm

In Conversation with Paul Harding & Nance Van Winckel
Paul Harding & Nance Van Winckel will read and hold a conversation with a book signing to follow!  The event will be held in the Monroe Ballroom of the Lincoln Center. Admission: $15 general, free to students. Tickets available through TicketsWest.com or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon (Random House, 2013) and Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press, 2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers.

Nance Van Winckel is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook, andBoneland: Linked StoriesPacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Nance is a professor at EWU’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, among many other prizes.

 

Authors
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Nance van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel is the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Pacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards.  She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books, and other visual hybrid forms. A collection of this work... Read More →


Thursday April 14, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Lincoln Center 1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA 99201

9:30pm

Pie & Whiskey Reading
Get Lit! presents the 5th annual Pie & Whiskey Reading, hosted by writers Samuel Ligon and Kate Lebo, featuring readings of flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry inspired by everyone's favorite food and drink.

Pies served at the event will be baked by Kate Lebo, with help from other heroic pie bakers of Spokane. Lost Horse Press will produce a chapbook featuring the pieces written for Pie & Whiskey, with cover design by Spokane artist Chris Bovey, and the books are hand-stitched by EWU students. A limited number of the chapbooks will be available, and sales of the book help support the event. Donations are also gladly accepted. Whiskey generously donated by Spokane's delicious and award-winning Dry Fly Distilling.

Samuel Ligon is the author of the novel Among the Dead and Dreaming (2016) and a new book of short stories, Wonderland (2016), in addition to two previous books of fiction. Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter.

$5 at the door.
21+ only with valid ID.
Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.


Authors
avatar for Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is a poet and co-founder of Broken Mic, a weekly poetry open mic that has served as catalyst to the Spokane poetry scene. In 2012 he received the first Ken Warfel Fellowship for poets who have made substantial contributions to their communities.
avatar for Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the forthcoming short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking (Featherproof Books, 2016). She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University. She lives in Spokane with her husband, a dog, and several houseplants.  
avatar for Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Best American Essays 2015, Best New Poets 2011, New England Review, Willow Springs, Hobart, Gastronomica, and Ninth Letter, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. She works with food writers privately to midwife their cookbook... Read More →
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Sam Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories,Wonderland and Drift and Swerve. His short fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Okey-Panky, among other places, and his essays appear in The Inlander.
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Kristina Poffenroth

Kristina Poffenroth has been pretending to be a poet since she was 13 years old. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and she currently works as a barista. In her free time, she can be found volunteering as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, emceeing poetry slams, and drinking whiskey.
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Jess Walter

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has been widely published.
avatar for Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.



Thursday April 14, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Spokane Woman's Club 1428 W 9th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204
 
Friday, April 15
 

9:30am

Poets of the Northwest: Montana, Oregon, and Washington
Join Northwest poets Joe Wilkins, M.L. Smoker, and Kathryn Smith as they discuss how the landscape, animals, and culture of the west has influenced their work. Wilkins grew up in the Bull Mountains of Eastern Montana, and his poetry frequently draws on the sparse beauty of the region. Smoker, conversely, uses her poetry to examine the complexity of reservation life in rural Montana. She’s a member of both the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes, and works in the Indian Education Division of the Office of Public Instruction. Kathryn Smith is a Spokane poet whose work explores the intersection between the human, the animal, and the landscapes on which they coexist. The discussion will be moderated by poet and SFCC professor Tim Greenup.

SFCC, Building 24, room 110.
Free and open to the public.  

Authors
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Tim Greenup

Tim Greenup's poems have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, BOAAT, Redivider, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Without Warning, is forthcoming from Scablands Books. He teaches English at Spokane Falls Community College.
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Kat Smith

Kathryn Smith is a graduate of EWU’s MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, Third Coast, Ruminate, Cleaver Magazine, and several other journals, magazines and anthologies, and her work has been nominated for Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. A mini-chapbook, Tracing the New Stars, was just published by Rock & Sling. She works at the Spokesman-Review as a copy editor and page designer.


Friday April 15, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Falls Community College 3410 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99224

10:30am

Creative Nonfiction: Panel Discussion
Join three nonfiction writers as they discuss the many facets of non-fiction, ranging from personal essay and memoir to journalism and history. How much research should be done and what's the best way to approach it? How do you honor the stories of the people who appear in your work? Panelists include Elissa Washuta (My Body is a Book of Rules), Cindy Hval (War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation), and Julie Riddle (The Solace of Stones). All three authors can also speak to editing, as Riddle is the craft essay editor for Brevity, Washuta is the Saturday editor at the Rumpus, and Hval is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review. Moderated by Angela Rasmussen, department chair of English and Foreign Languages. Panel will take place across two sessions; attendees can choose one or both.  

Free and open to the public. 

Moderators
Authors
avatar for Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval’s “Front Porch” column appears regularly in the Spokesman-Review and offers insight from her perspective as a mother, a writer, and a cat-lover. Her first book is War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including several volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle is the author of the new memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series, April 2016). Her essay, “Shadow Animals,” which later became a chapter in the memoir, was published in The Georgia Review; the essay received a Special Mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the... Read More →


Friday April 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
SCC, Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities 1810 N. Greene St

12:00pm

Humor in Fiction
Two fiction writers whose work has been praised for being witty, sly, and laugh-out-loud funny will discuss what they love about humor in literature. As writers, how does it function in stories or novels-- does it accomplish more than simply a laugh? Does humor need to be juxtaposted against darkness to be meaningful? Certain to be a lively discussion, moderated by fiction writer and NIC instructor Jonathan Frey. Free and open to the public.

North Idaho College, Seiter 102.

Authors
avatar for Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal is the author of the novel Daredevils (2016) as well as Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories that was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." Godforsaken Idaho was also longlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named an outstanding collection by The Story Prize. Vestal... Read More →


Friday April 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
North Idaho College 1000 W. Garden Ave, Coeur D'Alene, ID

1:30pm

The Poem, The Novel, and the Wilderness

Literature is one way humans can attempt to make sense of our complicated relationship with nature. The theme transcends genre, allowing for in depth exploration of the way we interact with our natural world and, in turn, the way it affects us. In this panel, local authors will discuss their work and the way the wilderness is involved within it. Panelists include: Shann Ray, author of the novel American Copper; Sharma Shields, author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac; Kris Dinnison, author of the novel You and Me and Him; Jonathan Johnson, author of the poetry collections In the Land We Imagined Ourselves and Mastodon, 80% Complete; Andrea Scarpino, author of the book-length poem What the Willow Said as it Fell; and Ellen Welcker, author of two chapbooks and the book The Botanical Garden.


Authors
avatar for Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
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Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson’s second collection of poems, In the Land We Imagined Ourselves, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2010. His first collection,Mastodon, 80% Complete, was published in 2001 by Carnegie Mellon. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies, as well as recent issues of Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and The... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Poet and prose writer Shann Ray teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga. Born and raised in Montana, his powerful, graceful writing considers the nature of humanity with regard to violence and forgiveness. He holds a dual MFA in poetry and fiction from EWU, and a PhD in systems psychology from the University of Alberta. He has served as an NEA Literature Fellow, a research psychologist for the CDC, and as a panelist for the National... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. Her writing has appearaed in Electric Lit, the New York Times, Kenyon review, Iowa REview, Fugue and elsewhere, and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She received her MFA... Read More →
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.


Friday April 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
EWU Spokane

7:00pm

An Evening of Poetry and Music feat. Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic
Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001, Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, “Brutal Imagination,” won Newsday’s Oppenheimer award in 2002.

Rough Magic is a New York-based band sprung from Cornelius Eady’s long and celebrated literary life, and from his desire to extend the boundaries of language expression to include the songs he had produced over the years and those that had emerged from a renewal of his musical creativity. In January of 2013, Eady released Book of Hooks, a two-CD and chapbook set of original tunes on Kattywompus Press. Almost by “magic,” a group of poet-musician-composers converged who shared Eady’s vision that text, melody, harmony, and rhythm all have an equally strong place in artistic expression. Rough Magic calls upon troubadour traditions and evokes the sounds and storytelling of blues greats like Muddy Waters, folk legends such as Woody Guthrie and the unexpected grooves and subject-matters of the Talking Heads. At the same time, band members hold a keen sense of innovation, as they are all working text-and-music makers engaged in building new combinations of words and sounds. (Courtesy of www.corneliuseadyandroughmagic.com)

The event will be held in the Lincoln Ballroom of the Lincoln Center. General admission is $15 and students gain free admission with student ID. Tickets are available through TicketsWest.

This event is co-sponsored by EWU's Get Lit! Programs and Whitworth University.

Friday April 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Lincoln Center 1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA 99201

8:00pm

I CAN CHANGE: Heavy Edit Reading and show
Upon hearing Kerouac's assertion that he didn't need to edit his own work, Truman Capote famously snapped, "That's not writing, that's typing." Creating requires analysis, criticism, and change, and the zine Heavy Edit celebrates that process. Two issues have come out since November 2015, containing drafts and finished works by over twenty mostly-local authors and artists. When the unfinished works and finished products are side-by-side, the meticulousness and subtlety with which they evolve is evident.
 
I Can Change is a reading and showcase of that work, and will mark the release of the third and final issue of the zine. Established and published authors including Ellen Welcker, Kris Dinnison, and Fitz will read alongside younger contributors who are just beginning to establish themselves in the Spokane arts scene. Artwork contained in the zine will be displayed, as well as the work of artists who have developed their pieces and ideas further since publication. Don't miss this opportunity to hear talented and hard-working artists share their experiences and processes, and add perspective to the polished perfection of their finished work.

Issues one and two of Heavy Edit are available for purchase at Auntie's Bookstore, for checkout from the Spark Center library, and will be available at I Can Change. See them online at ceilanhuntergreen.com/heavy-edit.

the observatory, 15 S Howard St • 7 - 9 • 21+ • no cover

Authors
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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
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Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry's poetry collection, Lacemakers, won the Crab Orchard First Book Prize, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. She was a recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She teaches at Whitworth.
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.


Friday April 15, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Observatory 15 S Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201
 
Saturday, April 16
 

9:30am

Images & Objects: Writing Workshop with Serena Crawford
Images and Objects: Engaging Your Reader

As fiction writers, we strive to build worlds that readers can enter. We want our audience to experience our stories through our characters’ eyes and ears. In this workshop, we will explore the use of images and objects as a way to hook readers, immerse them in our stories, and keep them glued to the page. As we write and develop our craft, we will also have the chance to share our work. This will be an activity-based workshop with several writing activities/sessions, short craft discussions, analysis of a short excerpt, and opportunities for participants to share work.

Two-hour writing workshop with fiction writer Serena Crawford.
Workshop registration via BrownPaperTickets.com.

Serena Crawford’s story collection, Here Among Strangers, won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Epoch, Ascent, The Rumpus, Beloit Fiction Journal, The McNeese Review, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing for Writers in the Schools, the University of Portland, and the University of Oregon. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship, she lives in Portland, Oregon.  


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

9:30am

Surprising Yourself: Writing Workshop with Diane Cook
Surprising Yourself: Writing Workshop with Diane Cook9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday 4/16

My favorite reading moments are when I come upon something in the story that takes me completely by surprise. Being taken by surprise is also my favorite moment when I'm writing. It might sound counter-intuitive, but it's possible to turn off your critical--even conscious--mind when writing new material. And doing so can lead you to new turns and twists in your work that are revelatory and unexpected. In this session, we'll use writing exercises  to help us explore the hidden spaces of the scenes we're trying to bring to life. And we'll work to turn off that inner editor who sometimes says, Stop! You can't do that. In this session, we'll aim to overcome that voice and write ourselves into a place of surprise. Bring a short scene or moment from something you're working on. And bring a lot of paper (or your computer.) We'll be writing a lot. Registration through Brown Paper Tickets.

Diane Cook is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in Harpers, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA.

 


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

9:30am

Word Pyromania: Poetry Workshop with Rob Carney

WORD PYROMANIA: EXERCISES THAT CAN SPARK.  

The playwright Tom Stoppard was once asked, “Where do your ideas come from?” He answered, “I wish I knew. I’d move there.” Nevertheless, he’s had a career full of ideas, and he’s shaped them into great plays. For instance, a friend gave him a note once, telling him Freud, Lenin, and James Joyce all lived on the same block in Zurich in 1916 and he should write a play about it. It turned out to be true and that the dadaist Tristan Tzara lived nearby also, but no play arose from those facts until Stoppard discovered that Joyce and a minor diplomat named Henry Carr were embroiled in a lawsuit and counter suit over the cost of a suit. Carr had purchased it as his costume for the part of Jack Worthing in Joyce’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and Joyce wouldn’t pay him back. The play is called Travesties. It’s pretty brilliant. And the point is that it probably came not from facts and ideas but from fun with language, from the multiple meanings of the word “suit.”

This poetry workshop will be about fun with words. We’ll take a shot at one or two exercises less about whamming our ideas into lines for poems and more about letting language discover what it wants to. 

Come with pens, paper, and a readiness to see what some new exercises might compel you to discover. Workshop registration via BrownPaperTickets.com.

Rob Carney is originally from Washington State and earned his BA from Pacific Lutheran University, his MFA from Eastern Washington University, and his PhD from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and the author of three previous books and three chapbooks of poems, including Story Problems and Weather Report from Somondoco Press. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Redactions, River Styx, Sugar House Review, other journals, as well as the Norton anthology, Flash Fiction Forward. In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. His most recently published collection of work, 88 MAPS, is about the places, times, and wildness we should say yes to, and it’s about looking at all our real and figurative cul-de-sacs and saying no. Currently, he is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University.

Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

9:30am

Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Place with Joe Wilkins

Layers of Landscape: Harnessing the Power of Place

Though we live in a world chock full of chain restaurants and department stores, on-screen communications, and cross-country airplane travel, we ignore the power of place at our own psychological and, increasingly, physical peril. Truly, place and landscape are active forces in all our lives. They shape and re-shape us; they offer us foundation and refuge; they challenge us to be good citizens of our biotic and built communities. In life and in writing, we ought to be aware of this; we ought to try to understand and harness the power of place. This session offers writers four ways they might begin to do just that. Participants are asked to bring a pen and paper or a laptop computer for in-session writing.

$20 students/$30 general. Workshop registration through BrownPaperTickets.com.


Saturday April 16, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

11:00am

A Reading Public
To showcase Spokane's vibrant, nationally-recognized local talent, this reading will feature two writers living and working in Spokane. After these fine folks read, they'll pass the mic to you! Writers of all ages and experience are invited to sign up for the open mic. You'll have 3-5 minutes to read your original work. Sign-up will begin at 11 a.m.

Saturday April 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Conference Theater, Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

12:00pm

Writing Workshop for Undergraduate Students

Gonzaga University’s literary journal, Reflection, will be hosting an hour-long workshop for undergraduate students wishing to expand their own writing in the hopes of future publication. This event will take place on April 16th at the Spokane Convention Center as part of the Get Lit! Festival. The focus of this workshop will be to encourage students to continue producing work that may be considered for their own school publications. The workshop itself will consist of two 20-minute prompts in which the students will be able to create pieces based off of these prompts. Following the writing, there will be an opportunity for the writers to share a piece that they began in the workshop with the incentive that these works will eventually grow into pieces to be considered for their school literary journals in the upcoming year. Gonzaga is excited to get students thinking, producing, and submitting as part of this highly esteemed GetLit! Festival and we hope to see you there!

Free, no pre-registration required. Spokane Convention Center, Room 202A.


Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

12:00pm

BUTCHER PAPER Book Launch
Join Scablands Lit and the Get Lit! Festival to celebrate the publication of Butcher Paper, a new graphic novel by Simeon Mills. He'll be joined by Seattle cartoonist Tom Van Deusen, and their conversation will be moderated by fiction writer Shawn Vestal. Butcher Paper will be available for sale and both authors will be available for signings. Free and open to the public.

Simeon Mills is a cartoonist, writer, and teacher living in Spokane. His graphic stories have been included in various journals, such as The Florida Review, RiverLit, Rock & Sling, and Okey-Panky. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, was published by Scablands Books. See his work at www.simeonmills.com.

Tom Van Deusen is a cartoonist from Seattle, Washington. He has numerous self-published titles including, "Scorched Earth" and "Eat, Eat, Eat". His comics have appeared in The Seattle Weekly and online with Study Group Comics and Boing Boing. He is a founding member of Intruder, Seattle's free, long-running comics newspaper. He has performed his hilarious comic stories at Short Run, Pecha Kucha, Gridlords and Sugar City. Tom also runs the micro-publisher Poochie Press Publications, which has published Dennis P. Eichhorn's "Real Good Stuff" and Kelly Froh's "The Weeknight Casserole Collection".


Moderators
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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal is the author of the novel Daredevils (2016) as well as Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories that was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." Godforsaken Idaho was also longlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named an outstanding collection by The Story Prize. Vestal... Read More →

Authors
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Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills is a cartoonist, writer, and teacher living in Spokane. His graphic stories have been included in various journals, such as The Florida Review, RiverLit, Rock & Sling, and Okey-Panky. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, was published by Scablands Books.


Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

12:00pm

All We Can Hold: Poetry of Motherhood
Join Sage Hill Press and the Get Lit! Festival to launch All We Can Hold, a collection of poetry on motherhood. The volume features work by Sherman Alexie, Kathleen Flenniken, Terry Martin, Katrina Roberts, Martha Silano, Dorianne Laux, Malena Morling, Freya Manfred, and others. At the book launch, there will also be readings by Laura Read, Connie Wasem Scott, Laurie Klein, Maya Jewell Zeller, Ellen Welcker, Kate Peterson, and Beth Cooley, and other contributors. Books will be available for purchase and the contributing authors will be available to sign books.

All We Can Hold was co-edited by Emily Gwinn and Elise Gregory. More information about the book can be found at www.allwecanhold.com/.

Authors
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Beth Cooley

Young Adult novelist and poet, Beth Cooley lives in Spokane and teaches at Gonzaga University. Her books include Ostrich Eye and Shelter.
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Emily Gwinn

Emily Gwinn lives in Spokane where she teaches, writes, mothers, and makes attempts at gardening. She is the Assistant Executive Director for the LiTFUSE Poets' Workshop in Tieton, Washington.  She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in Hubbub, Rock and Sling, Pontoon, The Furnace Review, and Sage Hill Press’s Railtown Almanac. Emily’s... Read More →
avatar for Kate Peterson

Kate Peterson

Kate Peterson earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, where she works as an adjunct professor, a regional coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, and a Writers' Center responder. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Glassworks, Baldhip, The Sierra Nevada Review, The Examined Life Journal, and Sugar House Review among others. You can find her work collected on her... Read More →
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Laura Read

Laura Read is Spokane’s second poet laureate, appointed to the position October, 2015. She is the author of the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You and the collection Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, which won the 2011 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.
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Connie Wasem Scott

Connie Wasem Scott is the chair of the English department at Spokane Falls Community College, where she teaches literature, composition, and creative writing classes. She is also the faculty advisor of the SFCC literary magazine The Wire Harp. She previously taught at the University of Texas, El Paso, her alma mater.
avatar for Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the book Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011) and the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015); other essays and poems appear widely. Maya teaches writing for Gonzaga University, Central Washington University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane, and directs the Beacon Hill Reading Series. She lives north of town with her family. Learn more about Maya at her website: mayajewellzeller.com... Read More →



Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

1:00pm

Reading: Julie Riddle and Marc Beaudin
Julie Riddle and Marc Beaudin will read from selected works, answer audience questions, and sign books at this free event!

Julie Riddle is the author of the new memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series, April 2016). Her essay, “Shadow Animals,” which later became a chapter in the memoir, was published in The Georgia Review; the essay received a Special Mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the craft-essay editor for Brevity and the creative-nonfiction editor for Rock & Sling, published out of Whitworth University, where she works as senior writer for marketing and development. She holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Find out more at julieriddle.net.

Marc Beaudin is the artistic director of Livingston’s Caldera Theatre Company which strives to create an environment for the exploration of theatre as the art of sharing the experience of living truthfully. He has directed, designed and acted in over sixty plays for nearly a dozen companies. Plays he has written have been produced in various theatres and festivals in Michigan, Minneapolis and Montana. In addition to theatre, he is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, a hitchhiking memoir in prose and poetry. More information is available at CrowVoice.com. 

Authors
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Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle is the author of the new memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness (University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series, April 2016). Her essay, “Shadow Animals,” which later became a chapter in the memoir, was published in The Georgia Review; the essay received a Special Mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the... Read More →


Saturday April 16, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Conference Theater, Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

1:45pm

Railtown Almanac

Sage Hill Press launches the second volume of Railtown Almanac, which ventures into the realm of prose, collecting short stories and essays from accomplished authors and emerging writers of all ages. Featured readers include Laurie Klein, Chris Cook, Travis Laurence Naught, Jaime Baird, Maya Jewell Zeller, Jennifer Catlin, Mary Kunkel, Aileen Keown Vaux, Anne Kilfoyle, Molly Smith and Melissa Dziedzic. The book will be available for purchase before and after the reading at the vendor table. Railtown Almanac celebrates the talent and vitality of Spokane’s literary and artistic community.


Authors
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Jeff Dodd

Jeffrey Dodd teaches at Gonzaga University, sometimes well, and he’s written some poems that he likes. He could crochet you a nice little hat, but it’s getting a bit warm out for that, isn’t it? In the attached photo, he wasn’t sure which way to look.


Saturday April 16, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

1:45pm

Debut Authors Tell All

During 2015, six female authors in Spokane launched their debut books, leading to the obvious question, What's in the water? The group was profiled in the Inlander, each with different perspectives on how their book came to be published. During Get Lit!, they will discuss their rising success in publishing, from getting an agent to editing their manuscripts to promoting their books. Sharma Shields explores the mystical side of the Pacific Northwest as she follows her protagonist’s obsession to find Bigfoot in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. In War Bonds, Cindy Hval, a columnist for The Spokesman Review, tells the often overlooked stories of couples and their romances during World War II. Stephanie Oakes, author of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, crafts the poetic tale of a young girl coming to terms with her dark past in the Kevinian cult, which cost not only years of her life but also her hands. S.M. Hulse gives hope to graduate students in her MFA-thesis-turned-novel Black River, a modern-day Western set against past violence in its characters’ lives. In the young adult novel You and Me and Him, Kris Dinnison explores the bonds of friendship as two characters struggle to maintain their relationship while interested in the same guy. This panel will be moderated by Chey Scott, writer and listings editor for the Inlander. Free admission!


Authors
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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
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Cindy Hval

Cindy Hval’s “Front Porch” column appears regularly in the Spokesman-Review and offers insight from her perspective as a mother, a writer, and a cat-lover. Her first book is War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including several volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes is a young-adult author from Spokane. Her first book, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, retells the Grimm brother’s fairy tale “The Handless Maiden” using the modern setting of a religious cult. Oakes earned her MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University.
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Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. Her writing has appearaed in Electric Lit, the New York Times, Kenyon review, Iowa REview, Fugue and elsewhere, and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She received her MFA... Read More →


Saturday April 16, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

2:00pm

Reading: Serena Crawford and Richard Fifield
Hear from two talented fiction writers, both presenting debut books. Richard Fifield
writes laugh-out-loud tales of small-town Montana in his unforgettable, moving novel.
Serena Crawford, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, beautifully examines the
humor and heartbreak of family dynamics.

Saturday April 16, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Conference Theater, Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

3:00pm

Man V. Nature: Stories by Diane Cook
Diane Cook is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American LifeMan V. Naturewas a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’sTin HouseGrantaand elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Co-presented by Scablands Lit and Get Lit! Programs.

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Conference Theater, Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

3:30pm

Making Your Own Comic or Graphic Novel: Tips for Artists and Writers
Making your own comic or graphic novel can be a challenge.  Coming up with ideas, writing a script, designing your own characters, finding artists or drawing your own book, printing, marketing, Kickstarter (crowdfunding), can all be very daunting to the person who wants to step out on their own to tell the stories that are important to them. Join Manny Trembley to learn about the steps it takes as well as ask any questions you might have. You don't need to reinvent publishing a comic.  Learn from Manny's successes and failures as he has traversed the rocky landscape of self-publishing.

Free; no pre-registration required.

Moderators
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Manny Trembley

Manny Trembley is a two-time Eisner Award nominated author, illustrator, father of two boys, Jasper and Jared, and husband.  He is a video game designer and spends his free time making graphic novels. He has created five successful Kickstarters. The first was Martin Monsterman and the second was called RGB.  His most recent was called Victoria Jr. presents Little Promethues. Before he took to self... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

3:30pm

If You Ain't No Place
You'd be crazy to miss out on this: a one-of-a-kind writing workshop and craft discussion with not one, but two current poets laureate: Tod Marshall (Washington State) and Laura Read (City of Spokane). This is an opportunity not to be missed! Free; no pre-registration required.

If You Ain’t No Place

Our title is from Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town.  In his book, Hugo reminds poets of the importance of identifying the “where” of a poem and how rooting creativity to place can allow the imagination to grow in unexpected ways.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to connect our imagination to the real and imagined landscapes of Spokane and, more broadly, Washington. 

There are many ways, of course, that we can think about “place.”  Perhaps specific flora and fauna conjure up place for us (salmon and Arrowleaf Balsamroot, delicious huckleberries).  Perhaps titles of towns and neighborhoods or geological phenomena do the same (Anacortes, Mt. Rainier, Hillyard, and Twisp; The Columbia, Steptoe Butte, and sharp columns of basalt, to name only a few).  Perhaps people—individuals or groups—make a “where” vivid in our minds (The Legion of Boom or the Wobblies, Chief Garry or Ken Griffey Junior, Jimmy Marks or Kurt Cobain, Hope Solo or Sherman Alexie, Bing Crosby or Cathy McMorris Rodgers—to name only a few). 

Using a controlled range of diction and some parameters regarding line and sound texture, we will form a supportive community to draft a poem that might reveal something about where we are and who we are.

Special thanks to Humanities Washington, ArtsWA, and the City of Spokane for recognizing the importance of poet laureate programs in our communities.

Authors
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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall is Washington State’s Poet Laureate and a professor at Gonzaga University. His books of poetry include Bugle, The Tangled Line, and Dare Say. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets,Range of Voices.
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Laura Read

Laura Read is Spokane’s second poet laureate, appointed to the position October, 2015. She is the author of the chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You and the collection Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, which won the 2011 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.


Saturday April 16, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

3:30pm

Synergy for the Lone Playwright: A Playwriting Workshop with Marc Beaudin

Theatre is perhaps the most collaborative art form. Directors, scenic designers, actors, lighting designers, costumers, sound engineers and makeup artists all work together toward a shared vision to create a living work of art. Throughout the process, they challenge and inspire each other. A creative spark in one field will open up new ideas and understandings in others. However, there is often one artist within the project who is isolated from this collaborative synergy: the playwright.

While some playwrights believe in the value of their isolation, assuming it results in their work being “pure” or “unadulterated,” I contend that they revel in their lonely garret to the detriment of their work and of the art of theatre. The greater the ability to listen and respond to the other artists involved, the stronger the synergistic effects will be. Developing a script with the director and actors who will eventually stage it provides a chance to test every line and action against the truth of performance.

But if this isn’t possible, what can be done? This workshop will explore techniques for gaining the benefits of collaboration even when one is working alone. We’ll discuss ways to tap into the writer’s imaginative powers to collaborate with hypothetical actors and to see one’s work as part of the grand, interlocking machinery of theatre. This will result not only in stronger writing, but ones more likely to find production.

We will also examine the roots of character, action, conflict and arc to determine what makes a scene – and how a scene is not a script and a script is not a play and a play is not theatre. We’ll discover what is needed for each of these building blocks to lead to the next. Finally, we’ll consider the value of subtext, mystery and uncertainty in creating true theatre.

$20 student, $30 general. Registration through BrownPaperTickets.com.

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

4:00pm

EWU Alumni Reading
New to the festival this year is an EWU Alumni Reading, which will include poetry, fiction and nonfiction works from six alumni of EWU’s MFA program in creative writing. Appearing will be Jonathan Frey ’09, Sarah Hauge ’10, David Ratcliff ’15, Kristina Pfleegor ’12, Aileen Keown Vaux ’13 and Liz Rognes ’11.

The reading will take place Saturday, April 16, from 4-5 p.m. in the Conference Theater at the Spokane Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Check out an article previewing the reading here.

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Authors
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Jonathan Frey

Jonathan Frey teaches writing at North Idaho College. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and daughters. He is currently at work on a novel.
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Sarah Hauge

Sarah Hauge lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband, dog, and two young daughters. She works as a writer and editor, regularly contributing to Northwest publications.
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Kristina Pfleegor

Kristina Pfleegor is a writing tutor and teacher. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has spent parts of her life in Kenya, Minnesota, and Hawai`i as well as Washington. Her poems appear in Rock & Sling, ASCENT, Bluestem, Lilac City Fairytales and other publications.
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Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA where she writes and teaches English Composition and Literature at Spokane Falls Community College.


Saturday April 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Theater, Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

5:00pm

Book signing with Serena Crawford
Join Willow Springs Books for a reception honoring debut author Serena Crawford, who will be reading at the Get Lit! Festival earlier in the day (2 p.m.). Join us at 5 p.m. at Hills' Restaurant and Lounge for some food, some drinks, and an all-around good time!

Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hills Restaurant 401 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

7:00pm

Cornelius Eady Reading at Whitworth University
Award-winning American writer Cornelius Eady is coming to Whitworth University to read from his poetry collection on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. Eady’s poetry largely focuses on jazz, family life, violence, and questions of race, class and society. The reading will be followed by a short talk and moderated discussion. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theater 300 W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99251

7:00pm

Get Lit! Presents: Garth Stein
Garth Stein’s newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster.  He is the author of three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain.  The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.  It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation, a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture.

Book signing to follow!  This event will be held in Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:00 p.m.  General admission is $15 and students get in free. Tickets available NOW through TicketsWest.

Saturday April 16, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Fox Theater 1001 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

8:00pm

Sexy Beasts: Erotic Fan Fiction featuring Mythical Monsters
In what promises to be a sexy and hilarious evening, five writers will read original fiction based on mythical monsters found in classic and contemporary literature. Guided by favorite books featuring monsters, each writer will choose their own source text and imagine what might happen if, say, Max's "playful romp" in Where the Wild Things Are took a surprising turn, or if The Last Unicorn told us what she really thought of Molly Grue. Mythical creatures like centaurs, fauns, and gryphons from the Chronicles of Narnia could make an appearance alongside trolls, balrogs, and winged beasts from The Lord of the Rings. You won't want to miss it!

Emceed by writer Aileen Keown Vaux.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Montana Book Festival in Missoula, MT. Sexy Beasts: Part 1 will take place at the Get Lit! Festival, while Sexy Beasts: Part 2 will take place at the Montana Book Festival, September 21-25, 2016.

Ages 21+. Free admission.

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Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA where she writes and teaches English Composition and Literature at Spokane Falls Community College.

Authors
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Sheri Boggs

Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. She's worked as a bookseller, librarian, editor and writer. Currently she lives in Spokane with her librarian husband and two rescue dogs.
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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
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Colin Uriah Johnson

Colin Uriah Johnson lives MFA dreams in poetry at Boise State University, where they additional biographical information, river towns (MSP/MSO), punk, Internet, no planes.
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Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is a writer and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She directs the Montana Book Festival, teaches for the Missoula Writing Collaborative and works at Submittable. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, will be released in 2016 by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Diagram, Pool, BOAAT, Bombay Gin, Horse Less Review, DESTROYER, Yemassee, Anti-, Cream City Review,inter|rupture,and... Read More →


Saturday April 16, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Nyne Bar & Bistro 232 W Sprague Ave
 
Sunday, April 17
 

12:00pm

Lost Horse Press Reading
Lost Horse Press hosts a reading on Sunday, April 17, featuring Rob Carney, Kathleen Flenniken, Piotr Florcyzk, Katrina Roberts, Peter Sears, and Bill Tremblay. The event will be emceed by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Free admission!

Sponsored by the Selinger Shone Foundation.

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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall is Washington State’s Poet Laureate and a professor at Gonzaga University. His books of poetry include Bugle, The Tangled Line, and Dare Say. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets,Range of Voices.

Sunday April 17, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Peacock Room, The Davenport Hotel 10 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201

2:00pm

Regional MFA Reading
Graduate students from the University of Idaho, University of Montana, Boise State and Eastern Washington University MFA programs will come together to share brief pieces fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. There will be an intermission to enjoy the winery.

Sunday April 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Barrister Winery 1213 Railroad Avenue West, Spokane, WA 99201

4:30pm

Inland Northwest Faculty Reading
Hosted by Eastern Washington University, creative writing faculty from area colleges and universities will read from new works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. This event gathers and showcases writers who teach-- those who not only work to carve out space for their own creative work, but who spend significant time working with students and inspiring them to write and read. Author and EWU professor Natalie Kusz will emcee, and the EWU Distinguished Alumni Award will presented to Karen Babine.

Participating writers and teachers include Polly Buckingham, Jeff Dodd, Jonathan Johnson, Claire McQuerry, Rachel Toor, and others.

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Polly Buckingham

Polly Buckingham’s collection The Expense of a View won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (November 2016). Her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for Fiction. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Hanging Loose, Witness, and elsewhere.
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Jeff Dodd

Jeffrey Dodd teaches at Gonzaga University, sometimes well, and he’s written some poems that he likes. He could crochet you a nice little hat, but it’s getting a bit warm out for that, isn’t it? In the attached photo, he wasn’t sure which way to look.
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Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson’s second collection of poems, In the Land We Imagined Ourselves, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2010. His first collection,Mastodon, 80% Complete, was published in 2001 by Carnegie Mellon. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies, as well as recent issues of Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and The... Read More →
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Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry's poetry collection, Lacemakers, won the Crab Orchard First Book Prize, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. She was a recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She teaches at Whitworth.
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Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of the young adult novel On The Road to Find Out and four books of creative nonfiction: Admissions Confidential, The Pig and I, Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running, and Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux June 7, 2016.


Sunday April 17, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Barrister Winery 1213 Railroad Avenue West, Spokane, WA 99201