EWU Alumni Reading
Featured writers include:
Originally a native of Sweden, Åsa Maria Bradley came to the US as a high school exchange student and stayed for the next couple of decades and a few more degrees. Her creative work has appeared in a variety of journals and magazines, including Inland NW Homes & Living, Women in Higher Education, and Bylines Writers' Calendar, as well as the anthology Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World. Åsa lives north of Spokane with her British husband and a used dog of indeterminate breed.
Aimee R. Cervenka holds a BA in Biology from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University where she now holds a position as a Retention Specialist with the TRIO Student Support Services Program. Her work has appeared in Poet Lore and The Ampersand Review.
Scott Eubanks's stories and essays have appeared in Memoir (and), the Yellow Medicine Review, and Zone 3. He received his MFA from Eastern Washington University.
Liz Rognes is a writer, songwriter, musician, and teacher originally from the Midwest. She is a graduate of the Inland Northwest Center for Writers MFA program and she teaches at Eastern Washington University. Most recently, her writing has appeared in Trestle Creek Review, and she released her second album, a collection of songs about literal and figurative landscapes. She is currently working on collection of nonfiction essays.
Shawn Vestal is the author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories, and A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a memoir published as a Kindle Single. A columnist at The Spokesman-Review, he earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane with his wife and son.
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Venue: Red Lion Hotel at the Park, downtown Spokane
Cost: $5- $8 per person. Pre-registration through EWU YPN. 21+ only.
State of Our Literary Union: Spokane
Poetry slams, open mics, readings, workshops, lit mag release parties, oh my! We are in the midst of an incredible time in Spokane for the literary arts, with an active scene, a welcoming, supportive community of writers, and exciting new events happening all the time. In any given month, you could attend a Naked Lunch Break open mic, meet a visiting writer, participate in a poetry slam, get your book signed by an author at Auntie's, take a writing workshop, hear a reading, attend a book release party, submit your work to a local journal, and much, much more. That's incredible-- and we want to celebrate it!
Join Spokane Poet Laureate Thom Caraway at the Spokane Public Library for a State of the Union: Spokane talk, followed by refreshments. He'll spotlight some of the exciting events and organizations that have sprung up over the past few years and give a rundown of the many ways you can get involved. Whether you're already active in a certain organization and curious to expand your repertoire, or if you're new to the scene and looking for a way to plug in, this will be the perfect opportunity to chat with other writers and learn about cool things happening in our community. Along with the celebration of what an amazing community of bright, dedicated wordsmiths we have, we can continue brainstorming about where to go from here. What will be the next step in growing our lit scene? What do you envision in the future of Spokane? All we know is that we can't wait to find out.
PLUS: The Spokane Public Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month and Get Lit! with blackout poetry! During the month of April, at all six Spokane Public Library branches, supplies will be provided for you to create your own blackout poems.
Never heard of blackout poetry? Never fear! It's fun and easy to do, plus a great way to engage kids with poetry. Blackout poems are created from the words of another text. The writer takes an existing piece of text, such as a page from a newspaper, and crosses out or eliminates certain words in order to create a poem from the words they choose to leave. It's a great way of playing with words, and blackout poems allow the writer to create new narratives and images that may be completely different than the text they started with. All supplies will be provided, and sample poems will be on hand to help get you started!
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: Downtown Branch, Spokane Public Library
Cost: Free and open to the public
From Page to Stage: The Writer and Actor Collaborative Performs Selections from Willow Springs
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.
For more information about Willow Springs, check out http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/index.php
For more information about The Writer and Actor Collaborative, check out https://www.facebook.com/WAACSpokane
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: The Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington, Spokane
Cost: Free and open to the public
Here's the cherry on top: The first-place winners of the slams will have the chance to perform at headlining events later in the week!
For all the details on the Get Lit! Poetry slams, including times, venues & registration, click here.
Feeling poetic? Loquacious? French? Come to the After-Hours Poetry Salon and bask in all three. Originated in 18th century France, the salon is an informal gathering centered around discussions of literature, art, and philosophy. Five poets will read and hold an informal discussion about art and craft, moderated by EWU professor and acclaimed poet Jonathan Johnson. In addition to readings from and discussion with the featured poets, audience members will also have an opportunity to join the discussion. Beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) and select food items will be available for purchase.
Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. His newest collection, Bugle, will be published by Canarium in fall of 2014. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and edited an accompanying anthology of poems by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices (EWU Press 2005). His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, Boulevard, The Denver Quarterly, Volt, and elsewhere. He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University.
Brooke Matson's poems are filled with stark, haunting images that are fascinated with the normalcy so often overlooked in everyday life. The lyricism of her poems is precise and controlled, each line saying only what it means to say and each poem sharpened to a point with a strong, piercing voice. The Yakima-born poet is Riverlit’s 2014 Poet-in-Residence, and her first full-length collection of poetry, The Moons, was published in 2012 by Blue Begonia Press.
Susan Rich says she writes best when she is far away from her life. She lived and wrote in places such as Bosnia, The Republic of Niger, and Gaza when she adopted a nomad-style life for 10 years. Her poems are rich in scope and her range varies wildly. Still, her exactitude in each line expresses precise control with a blazing lyrical intensity reminiscent of Emily Bishop, whom Rich has cited as a “poetic foremother.” She has since settled in Seattle and her newest book of poems, Cloud Pharmacy, was released in February by White Pine Press.
Siobhan Scarry's attention is to detail. Her poems are interested and seek to synthesize the world at large with the focused world of objects. Her eye for images is keen and in-tune with the small, quiet moments that we are constantly brushing up against. Her images are crisp and perplexing, she writes with an economy of language that allows the objects of her attention not only to breathe, but to sing. Scarry currently lives in Victoria, BC and teaches at the University of Victoria. Her first book of poems, Pilgrimly, was released in January by Parlor Press.
Time: 9 p.m.
Venue: The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague
Cost: Free and open to the public
Event: Student Q&A with William T. Vollmann
Time: 1:45 p.m.
Venue: Spokane Convention Center, room 202A
Description: A Q&A with National Book award winning author William T. Vollmann about his work, the writing life, and more. Students from all area colleges & universities are welcome to attend, and encouraged to come with questions prepared.
402 W. Main Ave.
228 W. Sprague
1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Bing Crosby Theater
901 W. Sprague Ave.
EWU Cheney Campus
Reading Room, 2nd Floor
EWU Riverpoint Campus
Riverpoint One building
501 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
924 W Garland Ave
502 East Boone Avenue
Hagan Foundation Center
for the Humanities
Spokane Community College
Learning Resources Center
Bldg. 16, 2nd Floor
The Lincoln Center
1316 N. Lincoln St.
25 W. Main Avenue
1108 W. Riverside Ave
North Idaho College (NIC)
1000 W. Garden Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Northwest Museum of Arts
and Culture (MAC)
2316 W. First Ave.
1428 W 9th Ave