In partnership with the EWU’s MFA in Creative Writing, Get Lit! Programs is a proud sponsor of the 2018-2019 Visiting Writers Series. This season includes a lineup of seven writers from across the country who have published award-winning works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Each writer’s visit will be held at Spark Central (1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA, 99201).
All events begin at 7:30 at Spark Central and are FREE, open to the public, and will include a reading, Q&A, and book signing.
Please direct all questions regarding the Visiting Writers Series to Get Lit! Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-2019 Visiting Writers Schedule
October 6th, 2018 @ Spark Central
Steve Almond is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. His short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Erotica and Best American Mysteries. His new book is “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.”
Mary Norris is a writer and editor who lives in New York. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she attended Rutgers University, in New Jersey, and the University of Vermont. She spent thirty-eight years on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Norris is the author of the New York Times best-selling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015, W. W. Norton). Her new book, Greek to Me, will be published in April, 2019.
November 9th, 2018 @ Spark Central
Dennis Nurkse is the author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult, A Night in Brooklyn, The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, and The Fall, from Alfred Knopf. He’s the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, and prizes from The Poetry Foundation and the Tanne Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Brooklyn from 1996 to 2001. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Estonian, and other languages.
January 18th, 2018 @ Spark Central
Bonnie Nadzam is an American writer. Her first novel, Lamb, was recipient of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The book was made into an award-winning independent film, Lamb. Nadzam is co-author of Love in the Anthropocene with environmental ethicist Dale Jamieson. Her second novel, Lions was a Finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction. Her third novel, 31, is forthcoming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Environmental Studies from Carleton College, a Master of Fine Arts fromArizone State University and an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. She lives in Minnesota with her family.
February 8th, 2018 @ Spark Central
Connie Voisine is the author of Calle Florista. Her previous book, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her first book, Cathedral of the North, won the Associated Writing Program’s Award in Poetry. She has poems published in The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her work was featured at The Lab at Belmar, a museum show pairing prehistoric stone tools with poems. Educated at Yale University, University of California at Irvine, and University of Utah, Voisine teaches in the creative writing program at New Mexico State University and also coordinates La Sociedad para las Artes, its outreach organization.
February 22nd, 2018 @ Spark Central
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of three nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & other Meditations, Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida.
March 1st, 2018 @ Spark Central
Suzanne Matson’s new novel, Ultraviolet, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and was included in Real Simple‘s roundup of “The Best Books of 2018.” Her first novel, The Hunger Moon, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her third, The Tree-Sitter, was short-listed for the PEN New England/ L. L. Winship Award. She has published two poetry collections with Alice James Books, and teaches at Boston College. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she studied at Portland State University and the University of Washington.
Previous Visiting Writers
|October 27th, 2017||Judy Blunt|
|November 17th, 2017||Darin Strauss|
|January 19th, 2018||Jesse Graves|
|February 16th, 2018||Krys Lee|
|April 13th, 2018||Emily Van Kley|
|April 28th, 2018||Dan Chaon|
|April 28th, 2018||Nance Van Winckel|
|May 11th, 2018||Laura Kasischke|
|September 30th, 2016||Alexis Smith|
|October 14th, 2016||Kristin Dombeck|
|October 29th, 2016||Heather McHugh|
|November 11th, 2016||Joe Wilkins|
|February 24, 2017||Sarah Shun-lien Bynum|
|March 9, 2017||Megan Kruse|
|March 17, 2017||Liz Kay|
|April 2017||John Rybicki|
|November 13th, 2015||Linda Bierds|
|November 20th, 2015||S.M. Hulse|
|December 4th, 2015||Bethany Schultz Hurst|
|January 22nd, 2016||Lily Hoang|
|February 26, 2016||Lidia Yuknavitch|
|April 14th, 2016||Paul Harding|
|April 14th, 2016||Nance Van Winckel|
|April 29th, 2016||William Finnegan|
|May 13th, 2016||Elizabeth Spires|
|October 4th, 2014||Joseph Salvatore|
|February 6, 2015||William Wright and Andrea Scarpino|
|February 20, 2015||Emily Rapp|
|March 6, 2015||Elizabeth Graver|
|April 24, 2015||Walter Kirn|
|May 15, 2015||Mary Szybist and Michele Glazer|