In partnership with the EWU’s MFA in Creative Writing, Get Lit! Programs is a proud sponsor of the 2016-2017 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 Auntie’s Bookstore (402 W. Main Street, Spokane, 99201) in downtown Spokane. All events 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
2016-2017 Visiting Writers
All events begin at 7:30 unless otherwise noted
|September 30th, 2016||Alexis Smith|
|October 14th, 2016||Kristin Dombek|
|October 29th, 2016||Heather McHugh|
|November 11th, 2016||Joe Wilkins|
|February 24, 2017||Sarah Shun-lien Bynum|
|March 9th, 2017||Megan Kruse|
|March 17th, 2017||Liz Kay|
|Get Lit! Festival TBD||John Rybicki|
Alexis M. Smith is the author of two novels, Glaciers and Marrow Island. Glaciers was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and a World Book Night 2013 selection. In 2015 she received a grant from Regional Arts & Culture Council and a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Her interests include trail running, beach combing, bird watching, and jam making. She lives with her wife and son in Portland, Oregon. She is a visiting professor at EWU’s MFA program in creative writing.
Kristin Dombek’s journalism and essays can be found in The Paris Review, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Vice, and n+1, where she writes an advice column called The Help Desk. She has been the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award for nonfiction and an n+1 Writer’s Fellowship, and her essays have been anthologized in Best American Essays and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches in the Princeton Writing Program.
Heather McHugh is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of poetry in translation. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her poetry in 2009. She has won numerous awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, the Griffin Prize, one of the first United States Artists Awards, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Witter Bynner fellowship. For over 20 years, she has served as a visiting faculty member in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and since 1984 as the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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, was released with the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2016. Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in computer engineering, he spent two years teaching ninth grade pre-algebra in the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. He then went on to earn his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho, where he worked with the poet Robert Wrigley and the memoirist Kim Barnes. Wilkins now lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, “Call Me Home,” was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.
March 17, 2017
Liz Kay is a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. Liz holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Nimrod, Willow Springs, The New York Quarterly, Iron Horse Literary Review, Redactions, and Sugar House Review. Liz’s debut novel, Monsters: A Love Story, was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in June of 2016. She lives in Omaha, NE with her husband and 3 sons.
John Rybicki is the author of three poetry collections, We Bed Down into Water, Traveling at High Speeds, and When All the World Is Old as well as the short Yellow Haired Girl with Spider. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, FailBetter, and Bomb, among many others, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. He also occasionally spreads his wings over Alma College, teaching poetry as a Writer in Residence. When he is not teaching, he changes tires, paints houses, and swings a hammer. He lives in Augusta, Michigan with his son, Martell.
|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|