Get Lit! 2017 Festival Line-Up TBA

 

2016 Festival

Featured Authors

Garth Stein

Garth Stein

Garth Stein is the author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain, the latter of which has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and has spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. A Seattle native, Stein returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2001 after spending 18 years in New York City. He is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring enthusiasm for reading, especially for those in need. Full Bio
Nance Van Winckel

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, and Boneland: Linked Stories. Pacific 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. Full Bio
Tod Marshall

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. Full Bio
M.L. Smoker

M.L. Smoker

A member of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes, poet M.L. Smoker earned a BA at Pepperdine University and an MFA at the University of Montana, where she received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship. Smoker is the author of the poetry collection Another Attempt at Rescue and, with Melissa Kwasny, she co-edited I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights. Full Bio
Rob Carney

Rob Carney

Rob Carney is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and is the author of three collections of poetry and three chapbooks. His most recent collection is 88 Maps, and he is a professor of English at Utah Valley University. Full Bio
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. Full Bio.
Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright

Seattle-native Carolyne Wright is the author of nine books and chapbooks of poetry, a collection of essays, and four volumes of translations from Spanish and Bengali. She teaches for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program and also serves as  senior editor at Lost Horse Press. Full Bio

Serena Crawford

Serena Crawford

Serena Crawford’s works have appeared in Epoch, Ascent, Beloit Fiction Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the Oregon Literary Fellowship in 2008 and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2010.  Here Among Strangers is her first book. Full Bio
Simeon Mills

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. Full Bio
Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy

Trent Reedy is the author of six novels for young people: Words in the Dust, Stealing Air, If You’re Reading This, Divided We Fall, and Burning Nation, and The Last Full Measure, the last in the Divided We Fall Trilogy.  Calling the Inland Northwest home for the past five years, he enjoys the area’s rich natural beauty and rich literary community. Full Bio

Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker has poems collected in the chapbooks Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline and The Urban Lightwing Professionals, and the book The Botanical Garden. Full Bio
Shann Ray

Shann Ray

Shann Ray’s debut novel, American Copper, came out last November, and he has published four previous books, including the short-story collection American Masculine and the poetry collection Balefire. Ray also teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.  Full Bio
Manny Trembley

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. Full Bio

Tom Van Deusen

Tom Van Deusen

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. Full Bio
Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith’s poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, Third Coast, Ruminate,  and elsewhere. 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. Full Bio

Ceilan Hunter-Green

Ceilan Hunter-Green

Ceilan Hunter-Green is a printmaker, zine editor, writer and proofreader based in Spokane. Her poetry has recently appeared in Lilac City Fairy Tales: Marry a Monster and Reality Bites. A graduate of Gonzaga University, she participates in Willow Springs as a fiction reader and works at Atticus Coffee and Gifts. Full Bio

Gregory Spatz

Gregory Spatz

Greg Spatz is author of the novels Inukshuk, Fiddler’s Dream and No One But Us, as well as the short-story collections Half as Happy and Wonderful Tricks. His short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Glimmer Train Stories, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Epoch, Santa Monica Review, The New Yorker, and more. Full Bio
Diane Cook

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 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. Full Bio
Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel Daredevils is forthcoming April 12, 2016 from Penguin Press. His short-story collection Godforsaken Idaho was named the winner of the PEN/American Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” Full Bio
Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, published by Holt in 2015, and a short story collection, Favorite Monster. Sharma’s short fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, Sonora Review and elsewhere. Full Bio
Rough Magic

Rough Magic

 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. Full Bio

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. Full Bio
Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Elissa has received fellowships and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Full Bio
Richard Fifield

Richard Fifield

Richard Fifield is the author of the new novel The Flood Girls from Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in Global City Review, Teacup, OutWords, and Cedilla. His short story, “You Can’t Always Get You Want,” was shortlisted for the Bristol Prize, and published in their anthology. Full Bio

Corinna Nicolaou

Corinna Nicolaou

Corinna Nicolaou’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Texas Observer, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications. Her first book is A None’s Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam, and her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Full Bio
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. Full Bio.
Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

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

S.M. Hulse

S.M. Hulse grew up in Spokane, Washington, and received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her stories have appeared in Willow Springs, Witness, and Salamander. Her debut novel Black River was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2015. Full Bio
Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the book Rust Fish and the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees; 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. Full Bio
Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo’s first cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter, was released in September 2014 from Sasquatch Books. She is also the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie and The Pie Lady’s Manifesto, a zine republished by The Rumpus in 2014. Full Bio
Karen Babine

Karen Babine

Karen Babine’s work has appeared in Slag Glass City, River Teeth,  Fugue, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. “Deadwood” won the Martin O. Lewis Prize from Weber: The Contemporary West; “An Island Triptych” was selected as a Notable in the 2014 Best American Essays. Her most recent book is Water and What We Know, a collection of essays about life in Minnesota.  Full Bio
Marc Beaudin

Marc Beaudin

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.  The plays he’s written have been produced in various theatres and festivals in Michigan, Minneapolis and Montana. He is also the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, a hitchhiking memoir in prose and poetry. Full Bio

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson is the author of the collections In the Land We Imagined Ourselves and Mastodon, 80% Complete, both from 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 Prairie Schooner. Full Bio
Natalie Kusz

Natalie Kusz

Natalie Kusz is the author of the memoir Road Song, and has published essays in Harper’s, Threepenny Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and other periodicals. Full Bio
Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, was winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.   Eady has been a teacher for more than twenty years, and is currently a professor at Notre Dame University. His most recent collection is Hardheaded Weather. Full Bio
Paul Harding

Paul Harding

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon and Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harding has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/American Robert W. Bingham Prize. Full Bio
Jess Walter

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. Full Bio
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. Full Bio
Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, and two collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His third full-length collection, When We Were Birds, part of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins, is forthcoming from the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2016. Full Bio
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. Full Bio

Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle is the author of the new memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness. 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. Full Bio
Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell’s latest collection of poems, Gaze, was released in 2012 by Milkweed Editions. His selected volume, Dreamless and Possible, published by the University of Washington Press in 2010, encompasses three decades of distinguished work drawn from all of his previous books. Full Bio
Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Poet Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of Grayling and One Hundred Steps from Shore. Her work appears in Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. Jenifer lives on Puget Sound and edits the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review. Full Bio
Brooke Matson

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. Full Bio
Devin Becker

Devin Becker

Devin Becker’s poetry has been published in Cutbank, Faultline, Midwestern Gothic, The Pinch, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2014, his collection of poetry Shame | Shame was selected by David St. John as the winner of the annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He lives in Moscow, Idaho where he is the digital initiatives and web services librarian at the University of Idaho Library. Full Bio

Andrea Scarpino

Andrea Scarpino

Andrea Scarpino is the author of What the Willow Said as it Fell, a book-length poem forthcoming from Red Hen Press (March 2016), and the collections Once, Then and The Grove Behind. She teaches at Union Institute and University’s Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies where she is also Director of the Master of Arts Program. Full Bio
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. Full Bio
Katharine Whitcomb

Katharine Whitcomb

Katharine Whitcomb has taught creative writing at Central Washington University  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, Saints of South Dakota, and The Art Courage Program. Full Bio
Rachel Mindell

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. Full Bio
Polly Buckingham

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. Full Bio

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the forthcoming short-story collection I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking from Featherproof Books. She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane with her husband, a dog, and several houseplants. Full Bio

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