Visiting Writers

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


2018-2019 Visiting Writers Schedule


Steve Almond

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

October 26th, 2018 @ Spark Central

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.

Dennis Nurske

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.


Bonnie Nadzam

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.

Connie Voisine

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.


Ira Sukrungruang

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 (, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida.


Suzanne Matson

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
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