2017 Festival

Featured Authors

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Jamaal May

Jamaal May

Jamaal May’s book Hum has won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image award. His second collection is The Big Book of Exit Strategies and he has also published two chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Believer, Ploughshares, New England Review and The Kenyon Review. He has also been a recipient of the Kenyon Review Fellowship at Kenyon College, Bread Loaf, Callaloo and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He is the series editor, graphic designer and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.
Emily Ruskovich

Emily Ruskovich

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho. She graduated from the University of Montana and received an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was the 2011–2012 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She was a 2015 winner of the O. Henry Award for her story “Owl.”
Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books including AUX ARCS, Adamantine, Sightings, and Equivalence. She is the recipient of grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and The Awesome Foundation. She is currently poet laureate of the City of Redmond and was a 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee. She has also served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her visual work has been exhibited at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, The Paterson Museum, American Jazz Museum, Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the International Print Center. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jason Rekulak

Jason Rekulak

Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Quirk Books, where he has acquired a dozen New York Times bestsellers. Some of his most notable acquisitions at Quirk include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the YA fantasy novel series Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children, which has spent five years on the New York Times bestseller list. His novel, The Impossible Fortress, was released with Simon & Schuster in February of 2017. Jason lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson is the grand prize winner of Writers of the Future Award, a Clarion West graduate, and member of SFWA and Codex. His fiction has appeared in Penumbra, Escape Pod, and Realms of Fantasy, and has been included in anthologies. Randy has experience as a reader, lecturer, and panel participant on the subject of writing at events such as Cascade Writers, Norwescon, WorldCon, World Fantasy Convention, and Rainforest Writers Retreats, as well as his own independent workshops.
Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Our Foreigner, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Series Prize (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017), Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, 2016), and Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2014). She’s also published five books of fiction, including Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). She is on the faculties of Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers and Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing Program. The recipient of two NEA poetry fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes, Nance lives with her husband Rik Nelson in Spokane, Washington.

Her author website is: http://www.nancevanwinckel.com

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.
Almeda Glenn Miller

Almeda Glenn Miller

Almeda Glenn Miller is co-founder of BIG BAD WOLF and teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Selkirk College in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Prism International, Grain,Dandelion, Event, Shadowbox, Room, and Ploughshares.
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.
William O’Daly

William O’Daly

William O’Daly has published two chapbooks of poems, The Whale in the Web and The Road to Isla Negra, with Copper Canyon Press (CCP) and Folded Word Press (FW), respectively. Two more books, Water Ways (a collaboration of poems, prose, and photos with J.S. Graustein) and Yarrow and Smoke (poems), will be released by FW in 2017 and 2018. He holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, was editor in chief of Willow Springs magazine between 1979 and 1986, and taught in EWU’s MFA program as an assistant professor.
Joseph Edwin Haeger

Joseph Edwin Haeger

Joseph Edwin Haeger is the author of Learn to Swim (University of Hell Press, 2015). His writing has appeared in The Pacific NW Inlander, The Big Smoke, Hippocampus Magazine, and others. He also co-hosts the movie review YouTube show Extremist Movie Debate. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin is a writer and artist living in Spokane. Follow her on twitter @_chelsea_martin

Ben Read

Ben Read

Ben Read lives in Spokane, Washington, where he is a senior at Lewis and Clark High School. His work has been recognized by RiverLit, Gigantic Sequins, and The Adroit Journal, and he was named a 2015 Foyle Young Poet of the Year by the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. He recently co-founded Ponderosa Literary Journal at his high school. His favorite muse is the river.

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.
Molly Priddy

Molly Priddy

Molly Priddy is a writer and editor living in Northwest Montana. Her bylines can be found in The Guardian, The Toast, and Autostraddle. Follow her on Twitter @mollypriddy.
Sam Foley

Sam Foley

Sam Foley lives and works in Spokane. He is a carpenter, husband, and father of two girls. Sam is a perpetual song writer and has written for and performed in local bands for ten years, including the enigmatic, “Cursive Wires.” He will be attending the MFA program at Eastern Washington University in the fall.

Scott Ryan Ingersoll

Scott Ryan Ingersoll

Raised in the northwest, singer/songwriter/film-score composer, Scott Ryan Ingersoll, has spent the last 10 years performing, releasing records and sharing the stage with acts like Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter and the Helio Sequence. He has collaborated with artists like Robert Delong, licensed his music for film and television, and scored several short films. He recently migrated back to the PNW from LA.

Ellie Kozlowski

Ellie Kozlowski

Ellie Kozlowski grew up in a working class family in the suburbs of Boston. Her work has appeared in several places including Stirring, Lesbilicious, and Knockout. She is currently working on a memoir about identity and, as always, amassing poems. She lives in Seattle with her partner and their rat.

Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson’s full-length collection of poetry, The Moons, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Inlander, Crab Creek Review, Numéro Cinq, CALYX, Floating Bridge Review, and RiverLit, for which she was the 2014 Poet in Residence.

Leesa Dean

Leesa Dean

Leesa Dean was born in Northern British Columbia and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. She spent a decade in Montreal where she studied Creative Writing at Concordia University before moving to Toronto where she completed her MFA in Creative Writing (University of Guelph). She now lives in Nelson, BC, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at Selkirk College and helps coordinate the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival. Her fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and interviews have been published widely and she has been a finalist for literary awards such as the Irving Layton Award, the Litpop Award, and the Quebec Writing Competition. Her first book,Waiting for the Cyclone, was published last year. She is currently working on a poetry collection and a novel that takes place both in Dawson City and Tianducheng, a Chinese ghost city modelled after Paris, complete with its own Eiffel Tower.
Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and Gastronomica, among other places. She writes about food for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze, an anthology co-edited with Sam Ligon and based on their popular Pie & Whiskey reading series. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

 

Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of RUST FISH and YESTERDAY, THE BEES, as well as a forthcoming interdisciplinary collaboration (with Entre Rios Press in fall 2017). Maya edits poetry for the Spokane press Scablands Books, edits fiction for Crab Creek Review, and teaches in Central Washington University’s Professional and Creative Writing Programs. She has been a resident in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and the recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Follow her on Twitter @MayaJZeller or learn more at mayajewellzeller.com.
Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts. She previously served as the director of Get Lit! Programs, including the Get Lit! Festival, Spokane Youth Book Festival, and outreach programs for K-12 students. Her stories and essays have appeared in Lilac City Fairy Tales, Railtown Almanac and elsewhere. Her interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollmann and Emily St. John Mandel have appeared in Willow Springs.

Katharine Whitcomb

Katharine Whitcomb

Katharine Whitcomb is the author of two full-length collections of poems, The Daughter’s Almanac, which was chosen as the winner of the 2014 Backwaters Prize and published by The Backwaters Press; Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, which was chosen by Lucia Perillo as the winner of the 2000 Bluestem Award and published by Bluestem Press; and two poetry chapbooks, Hosannas (Parallel Press, 1999) and Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. She is the co-author, with the artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter, of The Art Courage Program, a parody self-help book and art piece, published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014.

She has had work published in Narrative, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review and The Missouri Review as well as many anthologies, including Fire on Her Tongue, Making Poems, and Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. She is Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Central Washington University.

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.
 Albert Goldbarth

Albert Goldbarth

The author of over twenty collections of poetry and three collections of essays, Albert Goldbarth has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has won the National Book Critics Circle award for Saving Lives (2001) and Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology (1991), the only poet to receive the honor two times. In 2008 he was awarded the Mark Twain Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation. Goldbarth teaches at Wichita State University, where he is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities.
Justin Torres

Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ first novel We the Animals, a national best seller, has been translated into fifteen languages and is currently being adapted into a feature film.  He has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Cullman Center Fellow at The New York Public Library.
Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Glori Simmons

Glori Simmons

Glori Simmons is the author of the poetry collection, Graft, (Truman State University Press, 2001) and the story collection, Suffering Fools, recipient of the Spokane Prize from Willow Springs Books (Eastern Washington University). Her fiction has been recently published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, EPOCH and the Cincinnati Review. Glori grew up in the Spokane area and received a B.A. from the University of Washington and a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. She has taught creative writing to at-risk and incarcerated youth as well as at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, and Stanford University. A former Stegner Fellow in fiction, she now lives in Oakland, California and directs the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco.
Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman

Michael Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon for the last decade.  His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing, and Copper Nickel, among other magazines, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission. University Press of Mississippi publishes his memoir of the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, Teacher, in September 2016.
John Bladek

John Bladek

John Bladek grew up in Washington — the state, not that other place with all the white buildings. When he was young he liked to listen to ghost stories on the radio and sneak into the haunted house up the block. He no longer hides under his pillow after visiting haunted houses or listening to spooky stories, but he still remembers those scary tales. Since then John earned a PhD in History, where all ghosts come from, and wonders why they don’t build hauntable houses anymore.
John is the author of two middle grade novels, ROLL UP THE STREETS! (Kane Miller, 2010) and his most recent, LOST IN GHOSTVILLE (Capstone 2016), as well as the adult ghost story, WINTERBAY ABBEY (with Davonna Juroe, 2016).
Travis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. His debut novel, Joyride (Black Rose Writing), was released in the summer of 2016 and is available in paperback and all popular e-book formats. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing) and Still Journaling (e-book, self published) are his full-length poetry volumes that can also be found on the market. Individual poems and stories by Travis have been published in Gold Man Review, Five 2 One Magazine, Devolution Z Horror Magazine, and many, many more online and in print.
Robert Lashley

Robert Lashley

Robert Lashley has had poems published in such journals as NAILED Magazine, Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth. His work also appears in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry. Small Press Distribution describes The Homeboy Songs as Lashley’s homage to the black community of Tacoma, Washington. As part of a Northwest population with people from the deep South and a survivor of the Hilltop gang wars of the early 90’s, Lashley’s poetry makes sense of the multitude of voices that have surrounded him over the years. His passion joins high lyric poetry burnished by narrative structure, with a language attuned to the ear and the complexities of the human voice.
Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over thirty novels, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, iTunes, B&N, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations, and RT Top Picks. The Washington Post calls her work, “sexy and emotional.”  She thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.
Emily Gwinn

Emily Gwinn

Emily Gwinn lives in Spokane where she teaches, writes, mothers, and makes attempts at gardening. She is the Executive Director for the LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop in Tieton, Washington. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in Hubbub, Rock and Sling, Pontoon, The Furnace Review, and Sage Hill Press’s Railtown Almanac. Emily’s chapbook “Transpiration” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009.

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell’s latest collection of poems, Love’s Last Number, was released in 2017 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.
Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker has poems collected in the chapbooks “Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline” (alice blue, 2014) and “The Urban Lightwing Professionals” (H_NGM_N, 2011), and a book called The Botanical Garden (winner of the 2009 Astrophil Press Poetry Prize, Astrophil Press, 2010). She works for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry and co-facilitates Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. She lives in Spokane.
Tamara Morgan

Tamara Morgan

Tamara Morgan is the author of thirteen contemporary comedy romances and the new Penelope Blue series. Her books combine fast-paced antics and humor with heartfelt sentiment, and have been described as both “utterly unconventional and wonderfully smart.” Her debut novel was chosen as the Smart Bitches Trashy Books book club pick in April of 2012, and her books have since gone on to receive two starred reviews from Library Journal and three Romantic Times Magazine Top Picks, one of which was nominated in the 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards in the Contemporary Love & Laughter category.
Karli Ingersoll

Karli Ingersoll

Karli Ingersoll has been writing and recording music under several monikers and bands for over 10 years. She spent several years as a solo artist (Karli Fairbanks) releasing two full length albums and a handful of EPs and now writes for Cathedral Pearls, Super Sparkle, Prairie War and her new solo band Windoe. Her writing is not only prolific but spans a wide range of genres and influences. In addition to her own writing, Karli works with local artists in Spokane through The Bartlett which her and her husband own and operate. Through booking, hosting open mic, organizing a yearly local holiday music compilation, helping with Girls Rock Lab, running collectpnw.com, Karli lives and breaths music in every way possible.

Lauren Gilmore

Lauren Gilmore

Lauren Gilmore was born and raised in Spokane. She has written poems, stories, and love letters, some of which have been read and published by other people. Her full-length collection, Outdancing the Universe, is available from the University of Hell Press.

Liz Rognes

Liz Rognes

Liz Rognes is a writer, musician, and teacher in Spokane, Washington. She is a singer/songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose classical and pop musical influences range from folk to baroque to jazz. Her essays and poems have been featured in various publications, including Trestle Creek Review; Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; and Railtown Almanac. She teaches at Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane, Washington with her rock ‘n’ roll librarian and their son.
Katrina Roberts

Katrina Roberts

Katrina Roberts is the author of four collections of poems, and the editor of an anthology including 85 voices out of the many writers who’ve participated in the Visiting Writers Reading Series she directs at Whitman College, where she’s the Mina Schwabacher Professor of English and the Humanities.
Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel Daredevils was published in 2016 with 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.” Vestal is also a columnist for the Spokesman-Review.
Diana Morita Cole

Diana Morita Cole

Diana Morita Cole was born in an American concentration camp during WWII. Her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, was published by Diaspora Press in 2014. The first chapter of her memoir was published in The New Orphic Review and shortlisted in the Open-Season Competition of The Malahat Review creative non-fiction category for 2013. It was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology for 2015.
Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow graduated with her MFA from EWU in 2012. Her fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, South Dakota Review, and other publications. She is the author of the short story collection I’m Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books 2017). She lives in Spokane with her husband and daughter.

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.
Paula Marie Coomer

Paula Marie Coomer

Paula Coomer’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and publications, most recently The Raven Chronicles and Manifest West. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. Books include short stories Summer of Government Cheese, poetry collections Devil at the Crossroads and Nurses Who Love English, and two novels—Dove Creek and Jagged Edge of the Sky, a 2016 Pulitzer nominee. Her food memoir, Blue Moon Vegetarian, was followed by a cookbook, Blue Moon Vegan. Also forthcoming in the Blue Moon series from Fawkes Press are Blue Moon Medicine Woman and Blue Moon Folkways in the Kitchen. Ms. Coomer lives near the mouth of Hell’s Canyon in Clarkston, Washington, where she organizes writing retreats and classes.
Kimberly Lambright

Kimberly Lambright

Kimberly Lambright’s work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, Bone Bouquet, The Boiler, Wicked Alice, and Big Bridge. Her first full-length collection of poems, Ultra-Cabin (2016), won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University (2006) and an MA in humanities from NYU (2012). She lives in Austin, TX.
Derek Annis

Derek Annis

Derek Annis is a poet from Spokane, Washington. He is a graduate of The MFA at EWU, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Creek Review, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and Heart of the Rat: an Anthology, among others.

 Yvonne Higgins Leach

Yvonne Higgins Leach

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (WordTech Editions, 2014). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A native of Washington state, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in 1986. She spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. Now a full-time poet, she splits her time living on Vashon Island and Spokane, Washington. For more information, visit www.yvonnehigginsleach.com.
Wendy J. Fox

Wendy J. Fox

​Wendy J. Fox received her MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary reviews. Her debut collection, “The Seven Stages of Anger & Other Stories” is the winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and was released in October of 2014.

Wendy’s first novel, “The Pull of It” is forthcoming from Underground Voices in September of 2016.

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was both a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in many anthologies. In 2016, she was named a columnist for The Nation magazine and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.
Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague is the author of the novel The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse, 2017) and two books of poetry—The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015) and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Alexandra is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.
John Rybicki

John Rybicki

John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit. He is the author of three poetry collections, When All the World is Old, We Bed Down into Water, and Traveling at High Speeds. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, the American Poetry Review, Ecotone, and Bomb, among many others, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. He teaches poetry writing through InsideOut Literary Arts Project and Wings of Hope Hospice to children who have been through a trauma or loss. When he is not teaching, he changes tires, paints houses, and does some carpentry. He lives in Augusta, Michigan, with his son, Martell.
Michael McGriff

Michael McGriff

Michael McGriff is an author, editor, and translator. He is the co-author, with J. M. Tyree, of the linked story collection Our Secret Life in the Movies, which was selected as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. His poetry collections include Home Burial, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection, Dismantling the Hills, and two forthcoming volumes, Black Postcards and Early Hour. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, Bookforum, The Believer, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and PBS NewsHour. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Idaho.
Asa Maria Bradley

Asa Maria Bradley

Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings in her paranormal romances. She came to the US as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing. Booklist attributed her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building.” Her debut book, Viking Warrior Rising, was a 2016 double RITA finalist and her most recent release, Viking Warrior Rebel, received Top Pick! status by Romantic Times Magazine, which described the book as filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.”
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.
Bruce Holbert

Bruce Holbert

Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, where he assisted in editing The Iowa Review and held a Teaching Writing Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, The Spokesman Review, The West Wind Review, Cairn, RiverLit and has one annual awards from the Tampa Tribune Quarterly and The Inlander. His non-fiction has appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Spokesman Review and The Daily Iowan, and his poetry in RiverLit.
Holly Holbert

Holly Holbert

Holly Holbert was born and raised in Spokane, Washington.  She is the youngest of five children.  She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Geography and Elementary education.  She met Bruce will attending EWU.  They were married in December of 1985.  She and Bruce live on six acres overlooking Long Lake on the Spokane River.  They have three children, Natalie 25, Luke 24, and Jackson 22.
Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith’s poems have been nominated for Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize, and have been published or are forthcoming in the Laurel Review, Bellingham Review, Mid-American Review, Redivider, Southern Indiana Review, Duende and elsewhere. A mini-chapbook was published in Rock & Sling in 2016, and her first full-length poetry collection will be published in 2017 by Scablands Books. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Eastern Washington University and the recipient of a grant from the Spokane Arts Fund.
Katee Robert

Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories on her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Meghan McClure

Meghan McClure

Meghan McClure lives in Washington. Her work can be found in Mid-American Review, LA Review, Water~Stone Review, Superstition Review, Bluestem, Pithead Chapel, Proximity Magazine, Boaat Press, and Black Warrior Review.  Her collaborative book with Michael Schmeltzer, A Single Throat Opens, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in June 2017.
Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and eventually moved to the US. He is the author of Elegy/Elk River” (Floating Bridge Press, 2015,) winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and “Blood Song” (Two Sylvias Press, 2016) which was longlisted for the Julie Suk Award. A debut nonfiction book, “A Single Throat Opens,” (a lyric exploration of addiction written collaboratively with Meghan McClure) is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press and is now available for presale.
Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills is a writer, cartoonist, and teacher living in Spokane, Washington. His graphic stories have appeared in various journals, such as The Florida Review, Rock & Sling, and Okey-Panky. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, is available from Scablands Books. You can see his work at simeonmills.com.
Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA, where she serves as a Career Advisor for the College of Arts, Letters, and Education at EWU. She writes non-fiction and poetry, and is at work on a collection of poems inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington.

Brittan Hart

Brittan Hart

At sixteen, Brittan Hart is the creator, director, and Editor in Chief of the teenage art and literary journal, Riverside Storybook. With two volumes out, Riverside Storybook has published over 100 young Spokane artists, winning the Chase Youth Award for Arts and Creativity in 2017. As a photographer, writer, filmmaker, artist, and learner, Britt spends most of her time creating. She has been published in Railtown Almanac, featured in The Inlander, accepted to Terrain 8 and 9, as well as commissioned for professional photography jobs.

 

Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartwright’s poetry has appeared in Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, West Branch, and Prick of the Spindle, among others.  His fiction has appeared in Crab Creek Review, The Stinging Fly, Johnny America, and Lilac City Fairy Tales.  He collaborates with printmaker Lindsey Merrell, and their work has appeared in Duende.  Ben’s poetry manuscript After Our Departure won the 2016 Powder Horn Prize judged by Nance Van Winckel, and was published by Sage Hill Press in October 2016.  Ben teaches at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and has also taught for the Community Colleges of Spokane.  He can be found online at benjamindcartwright.com.
Keleren Millham

Keleren Millham

Keleren Millham began her songwriting, arranging, touring and recording profession while in college as a founding member of the a cappella trio, Lotus. Shortly after its formation, Lotus was signed to Aery productions, leading the group to a diverse touring schedule, which included many arts council and NACA performances. A life-long student of vocal pedagogy across multiple genres, Keleren maintains a thriving, diverse private studio and busy performing career as soloist and ensemble member. For the last eighteen years, Keleren has been writing, touring and performing as a part of a duo with her husband, Michael Millham. A veteran of over 10 recording projects, her voice has been heard by millions in ad campaigns for FOX and NBC.​
Tim Greenup

Tim Greenup

Tim Greenup’s poems have appeared in LEVELERBOAATMidwestern Gothic, Redivider, and elsewhere. His collection Without Warning was recently released through Scablands Books. He teaches English at Spokane Falls Community College.
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.
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, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June of 2016.
Scott Eubanks

Scott Eubanks

Scott Eubanks moved to Spokane to get out of an alternative band in Idaho. He earned an MFA from EWU in nonfiction. Having worked as technical writer and writer/editor, he’s now a content strategist for EWU. His stories and essays have appeared in Memoir (and), Zone 3, and Lilac City Fairy Tales.
Kristine Lloyd

Kristine Lloyd

Kristine Lloyd graduated from EWU’s MFA program in 2000. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Seattle Bride and various blogs. She is currently working on a memoir.
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.
Sheri Boggs

Sheri Boggs

Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. She’s worked as a bookseller, librarian, editor and writer. Currently she lives in Spokane with her librarian husband and two rescue dogs.

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.
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