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Monday, April 20
 

6:30pm

Beacon Hill Reading

One of the many opportunities to hear excellent local and regional writers’ work occurs three times a year as part of the Beacon Hill Reading Series. Since its inception, Beacon Hill has evolved into a crucial connection between diverse literary communities, featuring upcoming writers alongside more established ones. The series has showcased over 60 authors, including writers from Spokane, like Sharma Shields, Bruce Holbert and Shawn Vestal, as well as writers from across the Northwest and beyond. Join these excellent wordsmiths for a night of poetry and prose to kick off Get Lit!

Tod Marshall’s poetry collections 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. His work has been published in several journals, including The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, Volt, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He lives in Spokane and directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University.

S. M. Hulse received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and was the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her debut novel, Black River, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2015 and has been named an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce title for Winter/Spring 2015. Her stories have appeared in Willow Springs, Witness, and Salamander. A horsewoman and fiddler, she has spent time in Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon.

Jeremy Pataky's debut book of poetry, Overwinter, was published by University of Alaska Press in the Alaska Literary Series. He earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana. His work has appeared in Colorado ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewThe Southeast Review, and in many others, includes several anthologies. He earned an MFA at the University of Montana and is a founding board member of 49 Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. He divides his time between Anchorage and his property near McCarthy, Alaska, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

The Beacon Hill Reading Series features both local and regional authors. Meant to unite the various literary communities of Spokane, the series aims also to make well-crafted writing accessible to a general audience. It is curated and co-hosted by writers Maya Jewell Zeller, Laura Read, and Gwen James. The series is free and open to the public.



Monday April 20, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, SCC 1810 N. Greene St

8:00pm

Window Dressing Exhibit Walk
Window Dressing and Get Lit! are delighted to present a collaboration between local artists and Get Lit! Festival authors. As part of the Window Dressings project, which fills empty downtown storefront windows with curated art exhibits, two locations will feature exhibits inspired by the work of Get Lit! Festival authors. One exhibit, by artists Kate Vita and Richard Vander Wende, explores the woods of Sharma Shields' The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. A second exhibit, by artists Chelsea Hendrickson, focuses on the post-apocalyptic world of Benjamin Percy's The Dead Lands. The exhibits will be installed on March 21 and run through the end of April.

On Monday, April 20, we will host a walking tour of the two exhibits, featuring brief comments from each artist about what inspired their interpretation of the author's work, as well as a short reading from within the exhibit. Sharma Shields will read from her novel, while writer Luke Baumgarten will read on Benjamin Percy's behalf for this event. Attendees will also be able to sip hot cocoa, cider, or tea and ask questions of both the artists and authors along the way.

The exhibit walk is completely free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, we will announce a gathering location near the two exhibits for the artists & authors to speak and answer questions. Following the exhibit walk, attendees are invited to a no-host gathering at Mizuna, where they can ask more questions of the artists and purchase the authors' books.

Kate and Richard Vander Wende take on Sharma Shield’s Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac:

Kate Vita & Richard Vander Wende have been supporting each other’s creative efforts since 1983, when they met as students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  

Beginning in the early ‘90s, Kate worked as a background artist and color designer for a number of animated series, including “Ren & Stimpy”, “Duckman” and “Squirrel Boy”.  After moving to Spokane in 1994, she expanded her range of artistic expression to include the performing arts, acting and designing sets for theater, television and film.  In 2014, she began a series of small paintings, 100 of which were shown at the Saranac Art Projects gallery in March of 2015.  Those works can be viewed at: www.katevita.blogspot.com.  

Richard has spent most of his career trying to make things that don’t exist seem real- primarily in the service of others, like George Lucas and the Walt Disney company.  What that’s about, or why that’s important, he’s not quite sure.  In 1994, he was recruited by Robyn & Rand Miller to co-design & direct the interactive game “RIVEN; the Sequel to MYST”.  Which is how he & Kate came to Spokane. Relics from that era persist on his website: www.vanderwende.com

The artists, on what they loved about The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac:

"For Sharma’s window, we wanted to try to capture one of our favorite aspects of her stories: that wonderful contrast between the natural world - in its raw and grand totality, dangling dark underparts fully exposed - and the artificial world we craft for ourselves by cherry picking the bits that please us and rejecting (sometimes to the point of denying their very existence) the ones that don’t.  There’s a fantastic abyss between those two worlds - and Sharma’s right in there with her headlamp on.”

Chelsea and Tobias Hendrickson take on Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands:

From the time she could hold a pen, Chelsea has been creating; it’s in her blood. While pursuing her Art & Design degree at PLNU in San Diego, CA she developed a passion for immersive and visceral art pieces. Drawing influence from global travels and time spent studying abroad, artistic expression from all walks of life and creative mediums keep her inspired. As a graphic designer and artist, visual language is Chelsea’s native tongue. From designing promotional materials and branding identities, collaborating with local designers and artists, or making her own illustrations, paintings or printmaking pieces, there is never a dull moment in her life. Her experience ranges from interning with Anthropolgie in San Diego creating detailed window displays, overseeing Visual Merchandising in Spokane’s Apple Store, event design and wedding styling in local weddings, art directing commercial shoots, and collaborating with local designers to create Addy Award winning work in 2014.

This project is a joint collaboration between Window Dressings and Get Lit! We are grateful to Global Credit Union for their sponsorship of both exhibits.



Monday April 20, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Window Dressing Exhibit #1 808 W. Main #251

8:00pm

Spokane Poetry Slam Finals, hosted by RiverLit

Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. This night is the Finals, in which the poets who've been competing and accruing points for months, have one more chance to make it into one of the top four spots.  The top four then go on to represent Spokane at the National Poetry Slam. Literary and arts journal RiverLit is sponsoring the 2015 finals and will publish the finalists in their October issue. 

For more information about the event, please visit http://thebartlettspokane.com/event/spokane-poetry-slam/2015-04-20/

For more information about RiverLit, please visit http://riverlit.com

For the current poet rankings and more about Spokane Poetry Slam, please visit http://spokanepoetryslam.org/

$5 at the door.
The Bartlett is an all-ages venue with food and beverages available for purchase.

Monday April 20, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA
 
Tuesday, April 21
 

12:00pm

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research: A talk by EWU professor Julie Neuffer

Julie Neuffer’s latest book examines the history of the Fascinating Womanhood Movement started in 1961 by Mormon housewife, Helen Andelin. Unlike her feminist counterparts, Andelin preached family values and urged women not to have careers, but to be good wives, mothers, and homemakers instead.  Her work drew significant criticism, but Andelin became a national celebrity nonetheless, selling over three million copies of her book and appeared in sold-out speaking engagements. EWU professor Julie Neuffer's book relates the history of both Andelin and the movement, and analyzes an overlooked cross-section of American women as they navigated a time of radical social change in the 1960s and 1970s.

Free and open to the public.

Speakers

Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EWU Cheney campus, Monroe Hall, room 207 526 5th Street, Cheney, WA 99004

6:00pm

Landmarks Reading Presented by Spokane Arts & Get Lit!

As part of a collaboration with Spokane Arts, Spokane artists and writers are joining to explore the theme of Landmarks. Paired teams of writers & artists will create a collaborative work, which will be installed in the Chase Gallery and on display for 3 months. Featured writers include Emily Gwinn, Ben Cartwright, Erin Davis, Davy Nguyen, Audrey Connor, Christopher Howell, Nicole Sheets, and Ellen Welcker.

Both the exhibit at the Chase Gallery and the reading in City Council Chambers are free and open to the public.


Moderators
Tuesday April 21, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Spokane City Council Chambers 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd

7:00pm

"Alice in Wonderland" Presented by Book-It Repertory Theater

One afternoon, as Alice sits in the hot sun, listening to her sister read a book, she sees something amazing—a White Rabbit dressed in clothes running around muttering to himself! Alice runs after him and tumbles down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world called Wonderland. There, Alice encounters Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic characters including the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. To navigate through this tangled realm of misdirection and confusion, Alice must rely on her own sense of strength and logic.

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story ‘Alice in Wonderland’ this performance of curiosity and fantasy will delight audiences young  and old alike.  The small band of actors of Book-it Theatre bring to life the enigmatic characters of this much loved children's tale:  White Rabbit dressed in clothes; the smiling Cheshire Cat; the grumbling Queen of Hearts; questioning Alice, and many others.  This performance is sure to engage and delight students in the literary source from which the show originates. The performance is for all ages, appropriate for grades K-6. Each performance runs under 45 minutes and includes an opportunity for Q&A from the audience afterward!

Free for children, $10 adult tickets.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking at the Lincoln Center is free.

GET TICKETS HERE 



Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Lincoln Center, Lincoln Ballroom 1316 North Lincoln Street

8:30pm

From Page to Stage: Presented by Willow Springs and WAAC

Join us for the second edition of Page to Stage where performance and the written word collide! Get inside the voyeur’s mind in Jeffrey Bean’s “The Voyeur’s Gratitude” and “You Don’t Love the Voyeur,” and begin to understand the desires of a man on the periphery. 

This project takes on the spirit of "All the world's a stage" with a collaboration of stellar actors and fresh voices in poetry and prose. Willow Springs and The Writer and Actor Collaborative (WAAC) team up to present a literary reading performed and directed by local Spokane actors and directors, giving voice to the written word. 

Based in Spokane and founded in 1977, Willow Springs publishes the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both established and up-and-coming authors. The Writer and Actor Collaborative seeks to build the bridge between the performing and fine arts communities of Spokane, and offers an annual summer workshop for actors and playwrights.


Moderators
Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Nyne Bar & Bistro 232 W Sprague Ave
 
Wednesday, April 22
 

12:00pm

Storytelling workshop with Anna Witte

Creative Storytelling
Open to EWU students and the public. Free. Participation limited to first 30 to arrive.

In this workshop we will explore techniques to bring a story, fable or poem alive, both for a deeper personal understanding of a particular piece of writing, as well as for its performance in front of an audience.

The workshop includes the following main steps:

I.             Creative dramatics: theatre games to explore the expressive potential of movement, gesture and facial expression

II.            Collaborative storytelling exercises

III.           Individual work:  exploring/creating/telling

***Storytelling is a whole body experience: dress comfortably and be prepared to play.

Venue: Pence Union Building 206, EWU Cheney campus


Authors

Wednesday April 22, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Eastern Washington University

6:30pm

Teen & College Poetry Slams, with featured reading by Kris Dinnison!
Limited Capacity seats available

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 (ages 16-18) and college students of any age. Participants are welcome to compete alone or in teams at these energetic contests. Poets are judged on content, originality, and performance, and limited to 3 minutes each per round.

As a special feature following the announcement of the teen slam winners, author Kris Dinnison will offer a sneak preview of her forthcoming YA novel, You and Me and Him.

Maggie and Nash are outsiders: She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. They’re best friends, and they’ve helped each other survive their small-minded small town. But when Tom moves to Cedar Ridge at the start of the school year they have something unexpected in common—feelings for the same guy. As emotions take hold, Maggie and Nash’s friendship is put to the ultimate test. Until now they have always chosen each other, but what if winning someone’s heart means losing your soulmate? Dinnison’s story of music, friendship, and making amends is perfect for anyone who has ever felt like a misfit, or taken a misstep, and still wanted to be loved anyway.

The college slam will follow the featured reading. Registration for the college slam will open at approximately 7:30 p.m.

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.

Please note that the teen & college slams will be held at The Bartlett, while the youth & middle school slams will take place at Auntie's Bookstore. 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.

* Participants who are on the cusp of one age group are welcome to choose which age group they feel most comfortable competing in. For example, some 15 year olds might be uncomfortable with the poem content of the teen slam & prefer to compete in the middle school slam. We don't place language or content restrictions on the slams, so we leave the decision about which age group to compete in to the poets and their parents!

Authors


Wednesday April 22, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA

7:00pm

A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment: Live!
Limited Capacity seats available

Each known for his award-winning writing, sense of humor, and affection for the game of basketball, Sherman Alexie & Jess Walter delight audiences wherever they go. In 2014, they launched their own podcast, “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment," which has become one of the most-downloaded podcasts in the nation. It features wide-ranging conversations about the writing life, sports, and culture. They read drafts of their own work, invite other authors as guests, answer craft questions, offer self-deprecating jokes, and much more. As a special event during the Get Lit! Festival, the authors will record the podcast in front of a live audience, with an opportunity for audience Q&A. It promises to be a can’t-miss event!

Free, open to the public, no advance tickets required
Presented by the Spokane Community College Presidential Speakers Series, the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, and Get Lit! Programs
In addition to the seats in the Lair Auditorium, SCC will offer an overflow room across the hall, with a live video/audio feed of the event.



Wednesday April 22, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lair Auditorium, Spokane Community College 1810 N. Greene St
 
Thursday, April 23
 

10:30am

Q&A with Sherman Alexie
One hour Q&A with students, moderated by a Spokane Community College professor. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities.

Authors

Thursday April 23, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, SCC 1810 N. Greene St

11:00am

Creative Bootcamp Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Location: WSU Spokane/EWU Riverpoint campus, Nursing Building, room 205

We typically think of creativity as an external force that we don’t control or an artistic talent that we don’t have. The reality is that creativity is a procedural, programmable characteristic of problem solving. It is a habit, and as such, creativity can be trained. We can improve creatively. All of us generate ideas and we do it every day. Some of us generate design or headline ideas for a client or maybe concept ideas for a new program or even activity ideas for our kids. If creativity truly is a habit, if it’s a skill that we can perform, that means we can control our own creative improvement. And Creative Boot Camp author and Callahan Creek Creative Director Stefan Mumaw is going to prove it to you. He’ll not only show you what makes us all creative and what simple changes in our creative lives can have the greatest effect, he’ll run you through a series of creativity exercises that will prove that a few small creative steps will have you generating ideas in greater quantity and quality.

Creative Boot Camp author Stefan Mumaw will elaborate on the key characteristics of daily creative output, identifying the obstacles to effective creative training and breaking down ideation into digestible steps, all the while using short, in-their-seats creative exercises to illuminate key points about behavior, experience and perspective. From serious creative inflection to comedy improv techniques, the audience is taken on a creative journey through practice, philosophy and application. Audience members will see, once and for all, that they were able to generate ideas in greater quantity and quality. The session is lively and fun, with Stefan’s trademark humor and wit on display. Creative Boot Camp will give audiences all of the speed of its military counterpart with none of the chow time remorse.

Registration available at aafspokane.com. $55 for workshop + lunch.


Speakers
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Thursday April 23, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
EWU Riverpoint Campus 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd

1:00pm

Walter Kirn Q&A
Q&A with Walter Kirn.

Authors

Thursday April 23, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jepson Center, Gonzaga University

7:00pm

Into the Wilderness with Sharma Shields & Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy’s latest novel is The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic story loosely based on Lewis and Clark’s journey across the west. Percy is also the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two story collections. His works have been published in GQ, Time, and The Wall Street Journal, among other places. Percy has taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Marquette University, and St. Olaf College, as well as the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Sharma Shields is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and the short story collection Favorite Monster. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac was selected as a recommended read by many publications, including Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, and Vanity Fair, and Shields was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of 25 “stars on the rise” in 2015. Her work has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, and Iowa Review, among others. She currently lives in Spokane with her husband and two children.

Each author will read a selection of their work, and then share the stage to take audience questions. Book signing to follow.

GET TICKETS HERE

Parking: Metered parking is available on Riverside Avenue and side streets, and a free parking lot is available on Main Street, just 1/2 a block down from Riverside Place. Attendees of events at Riverside Place do not need to pay. Get Lit! volunteers will be stationed at the entrances on Riverside Avenue and Main to answer questions and guide you to the Commandery Room inside Riverside Place.



Thursday April 23, 2015 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Riverside Place, Commandery Room 1110 W. Riverside Ave

9:30pm

4th Annual Pie & Whiskey Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Get Lit! is pleased to announce the 4th annual Pie & Whiskey reading.

Hosted by Sam Ligon, fiction writer, editor of Willow Springs, and associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, along with Kate Lebo, author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter, the event features thirteen authors reading flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry inspired by the following quotes about everyone’s favorite food and drink:

“Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can ever be permanently vanquished.”

 --New York Times, May 3, 1902

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.”

--WC Fields

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 twelve pieces written for Pie & Whiskey, with the books hand-stitched by EWU students. The chapbook will be for sale at the event.

The 2015 Pie & Whiskey readers include:

Sam Ligon, Kate Lebo, Jess Walter, Thom Caraway, Rachel Toor, Renee D'Aoust, Gary Copeland Lilley, Benjamin Percy, Jordan Hartt, Jessica Lohafer, Tim Greenup, Kristen Young, Don Poffenroth

Pie & Whiskey IV
Thursday, April 23rd
Doors Open 9:00 p.m.
Ages 21+ Only
Cash only

Pie &Whiskey IV is just $2 at the door and is open to the public. $2 gets you a full slice of pie, a beverage, and admission to hear fantastic readings. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. 

This venue is not ADA-accessible; however, with advance notice, we can make arrangements. Please email getlit@ewu.edu or call 509.828.1498 to let us know you plan to attend. Thank you! 

Please note: an RSVP through Sched does not guarantee admittance to the event. First-come, first-served.


Moderators
Thursday April 23, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Woman's Club of Spokane 1428 West 9th Avenue
 
Friday, April 24
 

9:30am

Writing the West: Panel Discussion at SCC
Join these writers as they discuss how the landscape and culture of the West have influenced their work. They'll discuss and answer questions on how they approach evoking place for their readers. Benjamin Percy grew up in central Oregon, where much of his fiction is set. His new novel, The Dead Lands, focuses on a band of survivors (loosely based on Lewis and Clark) trying to make their way back across the Cascades after a super-flu destroys much of the U.S. In Black River, S.M. Hulse's debut novel set in Montana, she crafts a modern-day Western examining violence, grief and faith. Moderated by SCC faculty member Gwen James.


Friday April 24, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, SCC 1810 N. Greene St

9:30am

IT’S A BIRD...IT’S A PLANE...IT’S A COMIC ARTIST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST!

IT’S A BIRD...IT’S A PLANE...IT’S A COMIC ARTIST OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST!

The Inland Northwest comic artist is an elusive beast, emerging once every full moon to attend conventions and roam the aisles of Merlyn’s. This panel will bring emerging and established local comic artists into the limelight and ask them many embarrassing questions about their personal lives. We’ll also discuss their work, their creative process, the state of comics today, and what it means to be a comic artist in Spokane. Join Simeon Mills (Easy Reader), Manny Trembley (PX!), and Colton Worley (The Spider) for a lively and informative exploration of all things comic.



Friday April 24, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Falls Community College, Building 24, room 110 3410 West Fort George Wright Drive

12:00pm

Nuts & Bolts of Publishing: Panel discussion at NIC
This discussion will bring together journal editors, book publishers, and writers with extensive publishing experience for a frnk discussion about the editing and publishing process. In addition to being published in places many writers aspire to, like The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Kenyon Review, Rick Barot also serves as the poetry editor of the New England Review. Renee D'Aoust's work has been widely published in journals and magazines, including five essays named as notable in the Best American Essays series. Thom Caraway, the Poet Laureate of Spokane, is the publisher of Sage Hill Press and the editor-in-chief of Rock and Sling, the undergraduate literary journal of Whitworth University. In 2014, he co-edited an anthology of Spokane poets called Railtown Almanac. Christine Holbert is the founder and publisher of Lost Horse Press, a nonprofit based in Sandpoint, Idaho.

LOCATION: Meyer Health and Sciences Buliding, room 102. 


Friday April 24, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Idaho College

3:00pm

EWU Workshop with Walter Kirn
Limited Capacity seats available

Current EWU students only. Email getlit@ewu.edu for more information.

Authors

Friday April 24, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
EWU Riverpoint Campus 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd

7:00pm

In Conversation with Walter Kirn and Shawn Vestal

Walter Kirn is the author of the memoir Blood Will Out: A Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade. The book tells the story of his friendship with a man named Clark Rockefeller, who turned out to be a con artist named Christian Gerhartsreiter, who was later convicted of murder. The Gerhartsreiter case made national news with revelations of how a man claiming to be a member of the Rockefeller family had obtained money, status, and more by fooling those around him. Kirn traces the course of his friendship with the man from their initial meeting through the moment of revelation and the subsequent trial. Kirn has written seven other books, two of which -- Thumbsucker and Up in the Air -- were adapted into feature films. He is a contributing editor for Time and splits his time between Montana and California.

Shawn Vestal is the author of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning story collection Godforsaken Idaho, as well as a novel to be published in spring 2016. His works have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, Ecotone, The Southern Review, and numerous other journals. Vestal writes for Spokane’s Spokesman-Review and teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Each author will read a selection of their work, and then share the stage for conversation and audience questions. Book signing to follow.

GET TICKETS HERE 



Friday April 24, 2015 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Riverside Place, Commandery Room 1110 W. Riverside Ave

9:00pm

Poetry Salon

Come bask in the glow of creativity at this dynamic, informal poetry salon. Originating in 18th century Paris, a salon is a gathering centered on discussions of literature, art, and philosophy. Over the course of the evening, each of the featured poets will read some of their own work, answer questions, talk about the writing life, and more. The salon will be moderated by Dr. Jonathan Potter, an accomplished poet and EWU associate professor.

Featured poets include: 

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines and attended Wesleyan University and The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He has published two books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize.  He was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, and currently serves as the poetry editor of New England Review. His third collection of poems, Chord, will be published by Sarabande in 2015.

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014).  Her poems have appeared in South Dakota Review, South Carolina Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Wisconsin Review, among others.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in 1986. She has spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. She splits her time living in Snohomish and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit www.yvonnehigginsleach.com.

Tod Marshall grew up in Kansas. His books of poetry include Bugle (Canarium Press, 2014), The Tangled Line (Canarium Press, 2009), and Dare Say (University of Georgia Press, 2002). He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002) and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices (EWU Press, 2005). He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University.

Jeremy Pataky’s debut book of poetry, Overwinter, was published by University of Alaska Press in the Alaska Literary Series. He earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana. His work has appeared in Colorado ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewThe Southeast Review, and in many others, includes several anthologies. He earned an MFA at the University of Montana and is a founding board member of 49 Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. He divides his time between Anchorage and his property near McCarthy, Alaska, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Ellen Welcker has poems collected in the chapbooks “Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline” (alice blue, 2014) and “The Urban Lightwing Professionals” (H_NGM_N, 2011), and a book called The Botanical Garden (winner of the 2009 Astrophil Press Poetry Prize, judged by Eleni Sikelianos). She lives with her family in Spokane, WA, where she works in EWU’s Writers’ Center and coordinates the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.

Jonathan Potter, author of the poetry collection House of Words, lives in Spokane with his wife and daughters. His poetry has recently appeared in Dappled Things, RiverLit, the Imago Dei anthology, and on The Writer’s Almanac radio show. His work has also appeared in the Hotel Spokane, Only Time Will Tell, and Verbatim collaborative gallery exhibits. Potter moderated the “Poets of the Pacific Northwest” panel at the Get Lit! 2014 Festival, and for the past three winters has hosted Naked Lunch Break, a seasonal literary open mic series at EWU’s Riverpoint Campus.

Auntie's will have books for sale by the featured poets. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. The Bartlett is an all-ages venue.


Moderators
Friday April 24, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm
The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA
 
Saturday, April 25
 

9:30am

Workshop: Characters Are People, Too with Bruce Holbert
Too often we decide who our characters are before they, themselves, get to have their say.  It seems to me that characters, like people, interest because of their contradictions.  Their skewed geometry creates tension and suspense -- not in the sense of genre, but what keeps us "in the air and between two points"  compels us forward.  This momentum seems to me crucial to any piece of writing that hopes to engage us past a grocery list.

One of the areas we'll spend some time is dialogue.  Unless we're hermits or misanthropes, we say several thousand words a day to one another.  Yet, dialogue requires a kind of balance between the natural interaction of characters and the nature of information that is almost like a dance.  Like the best dances, it is a contest, as well, and this give and take between characters can generate spontaneous surprise and insight that reveals character to both the writer and the reader him or herself. 

Together, we will view some fine dialogue from film and read excerpts from masters of the form, and then play with what we've discussed in your own work as well as work with some exercises, some stolen from the theater, some from other writers, some of my own concoction, that can allow you to step away from your stories and explore your characters rather than steer them, then return to the story with some fresh mojo.

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1376943

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 203

Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop where he assisted in editing The Iowa Review and held a Teaching Writing Fellowship.  His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, The Spokesman Review, The West Wind Review, Cairn, RiverLit, Del Sol, and 94 Creations and has won annual awards from the Tampa Tribune Quarterly and The Inlander

His non-fiction has appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Spokesman Review, The Daily Iowan, Quarterly West, Ducts, The Sante Fe Writers Project, River Lit, The Portland Review, The San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review and The New York Times and his poetry in RiverLit, The Bacon Review, The Big River Poetry Review.  He recently co-authored, with his wife, Signed, Your Student (Kaplan Press) a collection of remembrances of influential teachers recounted by prominent Americans.  His first novel Lonesome Animals was released  in 2012 by Counterpoint Press.  Hour of Lead, his second novel, was released in 2014, also by Counterpoint Press.

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Saturday April 25, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

9:30am

Workshop: First Impressions with Molly Giles
It's a sad truth that most editors know by the first few sentences of a story whether they are going to publish it or not. In this workshop we'll take a close look at your opening page to make sure the voice is fresh, the characters engaging, the premise interesting, and the grammar and spelling perfect. I'd like everyone to be prepared to read the beginning of their story out loud and be braced to take suggestions, critiques, and, of course, praise. (Hint: I'd suggest reading from a story you are willing to improve.) The workshop will include a craft talk, writing prompts, and a Q&A.

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1376985

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 202B

Molly Giles has published three award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book, and Bothered, which won a flash fiction award from Split Oak Press. She has also published a novel, Iron Shoes, which has won no prizes at all. Her stories have been included in numerous anthologies including The O. Henry and the Pushcart Prize (twice) and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arkansas Arts Council. Her latest story collection, All The Wrong Places, recently won The 2013 Spokane Prize and will be published by Willow Springs Editions. Molly has taught fiction writing at San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii in Manoa, San Jose State University, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She lives in Woodacre, California.

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Saturday April 25, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

9:30am

Workshop: From Image to Poem with Yvonne Higgins Leach
However we might characterize our childhood, we all can claim one. Whether pleasant, scary, sad, or happy images of childhood come to mind, poetry is well suited to convey these memories. In addition to sharing her own and other poets' poems about childhood, Higgins Leach will lead a meditation exercise that moves each participant from images and details to a first full draft of a poem.

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1376978

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second floor, room 202A

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014).  Her poems have appeared in South Dakota Review, South Carolina Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Wisconsin Review, among others.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in 1986. She has spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. For more information, visit www.yvonnehigginsleach.com.

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Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A native of Washington state, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University. She spent decades balancing a career in communications... Read More →

Saturday April 25, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

9:30am

Workshop: Moving the Body, Writing the Mind with Renee D'Aoust
Personal essay and memoir are excellent genres in which to explore the mind at work. Indeed, we often read "real" stories, because we want to know what the writer learned or how she or he changed over time. But how do you write the body while also exploring the mind? This workshop will explore the necessary art of building scenes based on body memory. We'll discuss how to write physicality in many senses: whether through writing about sports, such as basketball or soccer; writing about movement that is also spiritual or artistic, such as yoga or modern dance; and writing about the physicality of outdoor adventures, such as hiking or cycling. It will be particularly useful for those who are writing about movement and the way training the body helps focus the mind. Generative exercises will be used to help you explore your past experiences in the world and your current place on the page.

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1376956

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 202C.

Renée E. D'Aoust is the author of the memoir "Body of a Dancer" (Etruscan Press), which was a Foreword Reviews "Book of the Year" finalist. She has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at American Dance Festival, support from the Puffin Foundation, and grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Awards include Permafrost's "Midnight Sun Award" (fiction), Food for Thought's "Julie Harris Award for Emerging Playwrights," and AWP's "Intro to Journals" project (cnf). Five essays have been named "Notable Essays" in the Best American Essays series, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. D'Aoust's conference presentations include &NOW in Paris, France, two panels at AWP/Seattle, and two panels forthcoming at AWP/Minneapolis.

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Saturday April 25, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

11:30am

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, and sign-up will begin at 11 a.m.

Lauren Gilmore was the 2013 winner of Spokane's yearly Grand Slam, qualifying her for both National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam. At iWPS that year, she was spotlighted on the finals stage. Her work has appeared in Riverlit, The Wireharp, The Floating Bridge Review #7, Railtown Almanac, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Outdancing the Universe, will be available from the University of Hell Press in 2015.

Kate Peterson earned an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University, where she currently works as an adjunct professor. Her poetry, nonfiction and interviews can be found in Glassworks, Baldhip, Willow Springs, The Examined Life Journal, The Naugatuck River Review, and Railtown Almanac, among others. She is originally from New Jersey but has made Spokane her home.


Saturday April 25, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

12:00pm

A Writing Life that Pays the Bills: Professional Writers on How They Do It

Every writer wants to know: how can I pursue writing and be able to pay my bills at the same time? In this discussion, five writers will tackle that question, based on their wide-ranging experiences. They'll talk about freelancing, writing for newspapers and magazines, teaching, and other options to support yourself through writing. They'll discuss challenges they've faced along the way and offer suggestions on how you can do it, too. Spokane Convention Center, second level, room 206A.

Kris Dinnison is the author of the young adult novel You and Me and Him, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2015. Her fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and other work have appeared in Spokane Shorties, Lilac City Fairy Tales, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere.

Kelly Milner Halls has made her living as a nonfiction children's writer and single mom for the past 20 years.  After publishing more than 1,000 articles for young reader magazines (including Dig, Ask!, Child Digest, Fox Kids, Highlights for Children, Boy's Life and others) and newspaper sections (Freezone Curiocity for Kids, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Consitution, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and others), she made the leap to book length nonfiction of kids (Albino Animals, Tales of the Cryptids, In Search of Sasquatch, Alien Investigation, Ghostly Evidence).  Almost 40 published titles later, she's just tackled three short novels for middle grade readers, due for release in the fall of 2015.  But nonfiction will always be her first love.  She lives in Spokane with two daughters, two dogs, too many cats and a five foot rock iguana named Gigantor.   Read more about Kelly at www.wondersofweird.com.

Kevin Taylor is a journalist who has followed stories from Burning Man to the Bering Sea. He is based in Spokane.

Shawn Vestal is the author of "Godforsaken Idaho," a collection of short stories that was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham award for debut fiction, and the forthcoming "Daredevils," a novel to be published by Penguin in spring 2016. He is a columnist at The Spokesman-Review and a graduate of the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. He lives in Spokane with his wife and son.

Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of sixteen award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Rights, which won the Amelia Bloomer award and the International Reader Association’s Teachers’ Choice Awar. Her 2014 book My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights, illustrated by Bryan Collier, was named on the New York Public Library’s top one hundred children’s books of the year. Claire's passion is researching and writing stories about outsiders in American history, characters who have persevered over incredible odds. Formerly a secondary language arts teacher, Claire and her family lived in Alaska for twenty-four years where she began her writing career. Today she lives and writes in her hometown of Spokane, Washington where she enjoys visiting schools to share her love of writing with students. She also teaches at Hamline University ‘s low residency MFA program - Writing for Children and Young Adults. Claire also enjoys sports and music, and the great outdoors.



Saturday April 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

12:00pm

Romance Novels, Alpha Males, and Feminism
ROMANCE NOVELS, ALPHA MALES, AND FEMINISM
The alpha male is still the rage in popular fiction, whether he’s a vampire, biker, Viking, soldier, Highlander, cowboy, cop, the guy next door, or a billionaire who likes to tie you up.  Join three published romance authors for a frank panel discussion about Alphas and their appeal to intelligent, well educated, strong women.  What works, what doesn’t, and is there even a line? In a humorous, fun, and informative way, we'll explore those stubborn, wounded, strong men, as well as the evolution of human behavior, brain chemistry, the appeal of the Alpha fantasy, and why being a feminist who reads romance is not an oxymoron. Presented by New York Times bestselling authors Rebecca Zanetti and Joanna Wylde, and debut author Asa Maria Bradley.

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 205.


Saturday April 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

1:00pm

A Reading by Bruce Holbert & S.M. Hulse

Each author will read for approximately 20 minutes, then join the stage together to answer audience questions. Book signing to follow in the lobby. Venue: Conference Theater, main level, west campus of Spokane Convention Center.

Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop where he assisted in editing The Iowa Review and held a Teaching Writing Fellowship.  His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, The Spokesman Review, The West Wind Review, Cairn, RiverLit, Del Sol, and 94 Creations and has won annual awards from the Tampa Tribune Quarterly and The Inlander.  His non-fiction has appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Spokesman Review, The Daily Iowan, Quarterly West, Ducts, The Sante Fe Writers Project, River Lit, The Portland Review, The San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review and The New York Times and his poetry in RiverLit, The Bacon Review, The Big River Poetry Review.  He recently co-authored, with his wife, Signed, Your Student (Kaplan Press) a collection of remembrances of influential teachers recounted by prominent Americans.  His first novel Lonesome Animals was released in 2012 by Counterpoint Press. Hour of Lead, his second novel was released in 2014, again by Counterpoint Press.

S. M. Hulse received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and was the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her debut novel, Black River, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2015 and has been named an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce title for Winter/Spring 2015. Her stories have appeared in Willow Springs, Witness, and Salamander. A horsewoman and fiddler, she has spent time in Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon.

Each author will read, and join the stage together to answer questions. Book signing to follow.

Location: Conference Theater, main floor, Spokane Convention Center



Saturday April 25, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

1:45pm

Writing for Children & Young Adults: Trends, Issues, and Why We Do It

With children's and YA sales at an all-time high, there's never been a more exciting time to be writing for this diverse, fluid and voracious market. But with so many fantastic youth titles being published each month, how do you get your book to stand out? Join authors Kelly Milner Halls, Kris Dinnison, Trent Reedy, Mary Cronk Farrell, and moderator Sheri Boggs for a panel on current trends and issues in children's and YA books, and the rewards of telling your own unique story within a dynamic and shifting publishing landscape. Spokane Convention Center, second level, room 205

Kris Dinnison is the author of the young adult novel You and Me and Him, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2015. Her fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and other work have appeared in Spokane Shorties, Lilac City Fairy Tales, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere.

Kelly Milner Halls has made her living as a nonfiction children's writer and single mom for the past 20 years.  After publishing more than 1,000 articles for young reader magazines (including Dig, Ask!, Child Digest, Fox Kids, Highlights for Children, Boy's Life and others) and newspaper sections (Freezone Curiocity for Kids, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Consitution, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and others), she made the leap to book length nonfiction of kids (Albino Animals, Tales of the Cryptids, In Search of Sasquatch, Alien Investigation, Ghostly Evidence).  Almost 40 published titles later, she's just tackled three short novels for middle grade readers, due for release in the fall of 2015.  But nonfiction will always be her first love.  She lives in Spokane with two daughters, two dogs, too many cats and a five foot rock iguana named Gigantor.   Read more about Kelly at www.wondersofweird.com.

Trent Reedy is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the author of Words in the Dust (winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show) Stealing Air, If You’re Reading This and the Divided We Fall trilogy. Trent and his family live near Cheney, Washington.

Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. She has been published in Lilac City Fairy Tales, Inlander Histories and Spokane Shorties. Sheri lives in Spokane with her partner, Brian, and altogether way too many books.

* Please note: author Mary Cronk Farrell had to cancel due to a family matter. All other panelists remain the same.



Saturday April 25, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

1:45pm

Writing the Middle East: Panel Discussion

Writing the Middle East: Journalism, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir. Join three Western authors, who have journeyed multiple times to the Middle East, for a discussion about current events, culture, and the challenges and motivations behind their work. Reese Erlich (Inside Syria, 2014, and Conversations With Terrorists, 2007) is a Peabody Award and Clarion Award winning journalist based in Oakland, CA, who has reported for the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR, among other news outlets. Diana Darke (My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution, US edition 2015) is a UK author who has also published travels books on Turkey, Syria, North Cyprus, and Oman. Meghan Nuttall Sayres (Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran, 2013) is an author from Spokane, Washington, whose two novels set in Iran Anahita’s Woven Riddle (an American Library Association Top Ten Best Books and an Indie Next Choice 2007), and, Night Letter (nominated for ALA Best Fiction List 2014) have been translated into several European and Middle Eastern languages.

The discussion will be moderated by EWU associate professor of journalism, Jamie Neely. She has worked as a professional journalist for over 25 years, including serving as a member of the editorial board of The Spokesman-Review, and also holds an MFA in creative writing.

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second floor, room 206A


Saturday April 25, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

2:00pm

A Reading by Molly Giles and Melanie Rae Thon
Each author will read for approximately 20 minutes, then join the stage together to answer audience questions. Book signing to follow. Location: Spokane Convention Center, Conference Theater, main level.

Molly Giles has published three award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth Silver Medal for Fiction, and was a New York Times Notable Book; and Bothered, which won a flash fiction award from Split Oak Press. She has also published a novel, Iron Shoes, which has won no prizes at all. Her stories have been included in numerous anthologies including The O. Henry and the Pushcart Prize (twice) and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arkansas Arts Council. Her latest story collection, All The Wrong Places, recently won The 2013 Spokane Prize and will be published by Willow Springs Editions. Molly has taught fiction writing at San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii in Manoa, San Jose State University, the National University of Ireland at Galway, and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She lives in Woodacre, California.

Melanie Rae Thon’s most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River, and In This Light: New and Selected Stories.  She is also the author of the novels Sweet HeartsMeteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body and Girls in the Grass.  Thon’s work has been included in Best American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), and O. Henry Prize Stories (2006).  She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992 and 2008), a Writer’s Residency from the Lannan Foundation (2005), and a fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center (2009).  Thon’s fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, and Farsi.  Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.


Saturday April 25, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

3:00pm

Blue Begonia Reading
A reading by selected poets of Blue Begonia Press. Held in the Conference Theater of the Spokane Convention Center.

Terry Martin earned a B.A. from Western Washington University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. She’s been fortunate to make her living reading, writing, and talking with students for 35+ years. An English Professor at Central Washington University, she is the recipient of CWU’s Distinguished Professor Teaching Award and the CASE/ Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications and she has edited books, journals and anthologies. Her first book of poems, Wishboats, won the Judges’ Choice Award at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Book Fair in 2000. Her second book, The Secret Language of Women, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2006. She lives with her family in Yakima, Washington.

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 (2014), several anthologies, and various issues of RiverLit, for which she was the 2014 Poet in Residence.

Kathryn Hunt
I’m a writer and filmmaker and make my home in Port Townsend, Washington, on the coast of the Salish Sea. My stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Rattle, The Sun, Willow Springs, Orion, Crab Orchard Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other publications. A collection of my poems, Long Way Through Ruin, will be published by Blue Begonia Press in September 2013. Kim Barnes, the author of In the Kingdom of Men and In the Wilderness, writes: “Wild in their domesticity, mythical in their realism, ethereal in their lyrical beauty, Hunt’s poems fearlessly explore the boundaries between love and loss, longing and regret. Reading Long Way Through Ruin, I felt myself elevated, suspended, held in the prism of the poet’s intimate and unflinching vision.” I am a Jack Straw Fellow and Helen Whiteley Center Fellow. Dorianne Laux selected a poem from Ruin, “Josephine, 1905, Winlock, Washington” for the Argos Prize.



Saturday April 25, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

3:30pm

Workshop: Generating New Work with Melanie Rae Thon
This will be a highly participative workshop for writers at any level of expertise and at any stage of exploration.  Whether you have a completed draft of a novel or only the barest glimmer of an idea for an essay, our writing experiments will inspire new possibilities for spiritual adventure, sensory amplification, and rapturous investigation.  Bring your favorite writing implements and prepare yourself for joy!

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1396743

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 202B

Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River, and In This Light: New and Selected Stories.  She is also the author of the novels Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body and Girls in the Grass.  Thon's work has been included in Best American Short Stories (1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies (2003, 2006, 2008), and O. Henry Prize Stories (2006).  She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992 and 2008), a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation (2005), and a fellowship from the Tanner Humanities Center (2009).  Thon's fiction has been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Croatian, Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, and Farsi.  Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.

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Saturday April 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

3:30pm

Workshop: Reading and Writing Villanelles with Jeremy Pataky

The Breath Within is the Wind Without: Reading and Writing Villanelles

Edward Hirsch reminds us that poems are made things that can “communicate before they are understood.” In this short workshop, we’ll examine how the villanelle form allows structure to shape a reader’s experience alongside—or before—whatever work is done by the words themselves. We’ll study well-wrought villanelles by Bishop and Roethke before drafting our own. Participants will leave with a new or renewed appreciation of the form and a fresh work in progress.

Jeremy Pataky's debut book of poetry, Overwinter, was released from University of Alaska Press in March 2015. Jeremy earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Cirque, Ice Floe, Left-Facing Bird, The Southeast Review, and many others. He has worked as a wilderness guide, nonprofit executive director, university instructor, and after school poetry teacher. He is a founding board member of the 49 Alaska Writing Center. He divides his time between Anchorage and the town of McCarthy, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Get Lit! writing workshops are $20 for students/$30 general admission. To register, visit this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1396739

Please note: workshop registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets until Friday 4/24. On-site registration will be available on 4/25. Most workshops have up to 25 spots available.

Also note: RSVP-ing for the workshop on Sched does not constitute registering for a workshop. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets. Thank you!

Location: Spokane Convention Center, west campus, second level, room 202A

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Saturday April 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.

4:00pm

Youth & Middle School Poetry Slams, hosted by WITC
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 elementary and middle school students in two separate slams. Participants are welcome to compete alone or in teams at these energetic contests.

Please note: at the youth and middle school slams, participants are only required to bring one poem. Instead of being scored, the participants will receive verbal feedback from the judges, in order to create a positive, fun atmosphere that encourages the students to continue pursuing writing as a creative outlet. For example, judges may comment on what they found interesting, unique, and creative in the students' poems.

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.

Please note that the youth & middle school slams will take place at Auntie's Bookstore, while the teen & college slams will be held at The Bartlett. 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.

* Participants who are on the cusp of one age group are welcome to choose which age group they feel most comfortable competing in. Generally speaking, the younger two age groups for slams align with elementary school students and middle school students, but while one 12 year old might be more comfortable competing with their elementary school peers, another might prefer to compete with older peers. We don't place language or content restrictions on the slams, so we leave the decision about which age group to the poets and their parents!

Saturday April 25, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Auntie's Bookstore 402 W Main Ave

5:00pm

Railtown Almanac Reading
Railtown Almanac is an anthology of poems by Spokanites and about Spokane, published in 2014. The 170-page collection draws from a wide range of poets, featuring vastly different styles, subjects, and perspectives. The anthology was curated and edited by writers Thom Caraway and Jeffrey Dodd, and published by Sage Hill Press.

Venue: Hendrick House, Whitworth University
Free & open to the public

Emily Gwinn teaches English at Spokane Falls Community College. Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in Hubbub, Rock and Sling, Pontoon, and The Furnace Review, and her poetry is included in Cave Moon Press’s anthology of poems about food, Broken Circles: A Gathering of Poems for Hunger. Emily also had the pleasure of representing Spokane at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California. She is the recipient of the Tom Pier Prize in Poetry from Allied Arts of Yakima Washington’s Coffeehouse Poetry Series, and her chapbook, Transpiration, was published by Finishing Line Press. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University.

John Whalen has nearly a hundred publications in literary journals and magazines including: River Styx, City Lights, The Greensboro Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, CutBank, Redactions, Dark Horse, and the Hollins Critic. His work has been anthologized twice in Pontoon. He has been a finalist for both the Ruth J. Lilly Award and the National Poetry Series Award. His first full-length poetry collection, Caliban, was published in 2002, and In Honor of the Spigot won Gribble Press's chapbook competition in 2010. In 2014, he won the Floating Bridge Press chapbook award for Above the Pear Trees.

Poet, fiction writer, artist, teacher: Nance Van Winckel does it all, and does it well. In 2013, she published her sixth book of poems, Pacific Walkers (a finalist for the Washington State Book Award), along with her fourth collection of stories, Boneland. 2014 saw the publication of her novel in the form of a scrapbook, Ever Yrs. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and produces a cross-disciplinary art called photo-ems: photographs with small poems and other graphic material blended on top of the original photograph. She has received many awards and honors, including multiple NEA poetry fellowships.



Saturday April 25, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Whitworth University 300 W Hawthorne Rd.

6:00pm

Reception for Spokane Prize-winner Molly Giles (hosted by Willow Springs Editions)
Please join Willow Springs Editions for a reception to honor Get Lit! Festival author and Spokane Prize winner Molly Giles! Copies of her collection All the Wrong Places will be available for sale, and she'll be on hand to sign books and engage with her readers.

The reception will take place in the banquet area near the rear of the restaurant, and an optional buffet will be available for $12, with delicious Red Lion BBQ including ribs, chicken, Fried Bread, Corn, Beans, Slaw, Salads, Onion Rings, and more.

Authors

Saturday April 25, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Red Lion Pub 126 N Division St

8:00pm

The Round #7: Get Lit! Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Three songwriters sharing the stage, alternating with a slam poet, with visual artists creating live, joined by a mix of backing musicians, while the audience sits quietly a few feet away from a low stage, all together to create a unique evening of high quality and collaborative arts. The Round was founded in Seattle WA in 2005, founded in Spokane in 2014. Featured musician is Cami Bradley, who was a finalist on the 2013 season of America’s Got Talent. Visit www.theround.org for more information on the history of the event. Tickets available via thebartlettspokane.com. $10 pre-sale/$12 day of show


Authors

Saturday April 25, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA
 
Sunday, April 26
 

12:00pm

Lost Horse Press Reading
Lost Horse Press reading, featuring: 

Robert Michael Pyle
Melissa Kwasny
Carlos Reyes
Maya Zeller
Prartho Sereno
Robert McNamara
with music by Leon Atkinson

Robert Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist and a professional writer who has published 17 books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories, and poems. His 1995 book Where Big Foot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide was the subject of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Pyle has a Ph. D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and in 1974 he founded the Xerces Studies. Between 1976 and 2013, he was a presenter and field trip leader at the annual week-long Family Nature Summits.

Melissa Kwasny consistently relies on the marriage of man and nature to inform her understanding of existence. She is the author of the poetry collections The Archival Birds, Thistle, Reading Novalis in Montana, and The Nine Senses. Kawsny has been a Visiting Writer at many universities such as the University of Montana, Eastern Washington University, Lesley University, and the University of Wyoming.

Robert McNamara teaches in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington where he also serves as University Director of the Puget Sound Writing Project. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Incomplete Strangers (2013). He also translated, with the author, The Cat Under the Stairs, a selection of poems by the Bengali poet Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay.

Carlos Reyes is a noted poet, writer, and translator. Reyes lives in Portland, Oregon but travels often to Ireland and frequently visits Spain and Ecuador. Of his work Carolyn Kizer has said, "Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities: the touch, taste, feel, color of things, and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines."

Maya Jewell Zeller lives in Spokane with her family and is an English professor at Gonzaga University. Her first book, Rust Fish, was released in April 2011 by Lost Horse Press and her individual poems appear in journals such as Bellingham Review, West Branch, Cincinnati Review, and Rattle. She has taught writing and literature to high school, college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

Prartho Sereno has been teaching poem-making to private and public schools of California since 1999. Sereno has found herself in a bamboo hut in India, a 150-year-old farmhouse in Maine, a spiritual community in Oregon, an uptown apartment in Southern California, and most recently, a bungalow just north of San Francisco. Her first book, everyday Miracles: An A to Z Guide to the Simple Wonders of Life was inspired by the common thing, an ordinary moment. As for her books, Prartho says, “These are book I needed to read, so I wrote them.”

Sam Hamill and Greg Pape unfortunately had to cancel their appearances. 


Moderators
Sunday April 26, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Peacock Room, Davenport Hotel 10 South Post Street, Spokane, WA 99201

2:00pm

Regional MFA Reading
Graduate students from the University of Idaho, the University of Montana, and Eastern Washington University will join together to share their work. Representing a variety of genres and styles, this event promises to be lively and absorbing! Hosted by Barrister Winery in their beautiful space, which features exposed brick, wood floors, and rotating art exhibits. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

*Children are welcome at the winery! Parents, please know that readers are given no restrictions in terms of content or language.

Ari Laurel grew up in Oakland, CA and has lived near the ocean for most of her life. She has worked among several art and literary non-profits including the National Institute for Art and Disabilities, NaNoWriMo, and Hyphen magazine, where she is currently blog editor. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Media,The Toast, The Riding Light Review, and Hyphen. She is currently living in the landlocked and writerly city of Missoula while pursuing an MFA in fiction at the University of Montana.

Brendan Fitzgerald is a Bertha Morton Scholar at the University of Montana, where he is pursuing his MFA in creative nonfiction. He is the co-curator of the Second Wind Reading Series, and was the online content editor for CutBank literary magazine. He worked as the communications manager for the Columbia Journalism Review, and spent six years as a reporter and editor at a Virginia newspaper. Fitzgerald wrote the Press Pause column at The Morning News. His work has appeared at The Believer, PopMatters, I Like You, and elsewhere. His reporting has been cited by multiple news sources including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and highlighted by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Eve Kenneally is a first-year poet at the University of Montana from Boston by way of DC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cutbank's All Accounts & Mixture queer feature, Star 82 Review, and three drops from a cauldron.

Adam Lambert was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He earned his B.A. in English at East Tennessee State University and is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Montana. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in various publications including STILL: The Journal, Harpur Palate, and Ruminate. He is currently working on both a children's book and screenplay set in his native Appalachia. After spending time in England and Germany, he moved to Missoula where he teaches creative writing at the University of Montana.

Jamie Lyon is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Idaho. She studies fiction, and is particularly interested in contemporary trauma narratives and the ways in which impossible experiences are communicated. If she goes for long enough without writing, she has dreams about spiders. That's how she knows she's in the right line of work--if she stops, her subconscious sends a metaphor after her. 

Jeffrey Pearson (University of Idaho) has been published by Black Rock & Sage, Otis Nebula, a capella zoo, Heavy Feather Review, Shampoo, Salt Front, and forthcoming in Moon City Review and Axolotl. He recently had his first chapbook, Sick Bed published by Small Text Dreams Press. He is the Poetry Editor for Fugue Journal.  He has collaborated with James Lloyd on many zines including legoverleg and The Haunted Fortress.

Daniel Iacob (University of Idaho)

Sarah Vangundy (University of Idaho) is a second year MFA student at the University of Idaho, studying Creative Non-Fiction. In her extra time, she works as a reference and instruction librarian at the UI library.

Megan Charles (EWU) is a native of beautiful Spokane, Washington. She is a second year poetry candidate at Eastern, where she currently serves as Assistant Coordinator for Get Lit! Programs. Megan’s poetry has been featured in Northwest Boulevard.

Orville Williams (EWU) is originally from Oklahoma. Currently, he's a second year fiction candidate at EWU, where he also serves as one of the fiction editors for Willow Springs. His latest work is forthcoming in The Meadow.

Jody Sperling (EWU) has a wife and three children. He considers Omaha, Nebraska his home, though he is a Colorado native. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, decomP magazinE, Garbanzo and elsewhere.

David Ratcliff (EWU)

Moderators
Sunday April 26, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Barrister Winery 1213 W. Railroad Avenue

4:30pm

Inland Northwest Faculty Reading
Hosted by Eastern Washington University, this reading celebrates creative writers who are also professors, honoring those who split their time between creating art and encouraging the artistic and academic pursuits of their students.

Participating writers and teachers include faculty from EWU, Whitworth, Gonzaga, North Idaho College, SFCC, and SCC, who will read from new works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. EWU professor Natalie Kusz, author of Road Song, will host the event.

Participating faculty include:
Jaime Baird of Whitworth
Meagan Ciesla of Gonzaga
Christopher Howell of EWU
Fred Johnson of Whitworth
Leyna Krow of NIC & SFCC
Kathryn McKenna of SCC
Gregory Spatz of EWU
Rachel Toor of EWU

To cap off the evening, the Inland Northwest Center for Writers will honor a distinguished alum with their Outstanding Alumni award. The 2015 recipient is poet Laura Stott.

Laura Stott is the author of the book of poems, In the Museum of Coming and Going.  She received her M.F.A. from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, where she was managing editor of Willow Springs.  Her poems have been published in various journals, including Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Sugarhouse Review, Redactions, and Rock and Sling. In 2014 Laura was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Currently, Laura serves on the board for Writers@Work, an independent writer's organization, and is an Instructor of English at Weber State University. She is faculty sponsor for their chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Upsilon Gamma.

Moderators
Sunday April 26, 2015 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Barrister Winery 1213 W. Railroad Avenue