Most events at the Get Lit! Festival are free and open to the public, though donations are gladly accepted and may be suggested at certain events. Please see our schedule for event details. The information below provides details for all events that require a ticket.

To purchase tickets for readings and Writing Workshops

Tickets are available through TicketsWest. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT. Tickets can also be purchased in person at all TicketsWest retail outlets.

Ticketed events include:

Four Seasons: A Pairing of the Arts & Fine Cuisine

***Sadly, due to a lack of ticket sales, this event is cancelled. Please plan to attend Happy Hour at The Wandering Table on Monday, April 22nd from 4-6pm which will offer a paired down version of this menu along with performances from the poets and musicians; art by the visual artists will also be on display. The event is free and food/drink will be available for purchase.***

Popular Poetry: Kelly Schirmann and Kaveh Akbar

The Bing Crosby Theater
Friday, April 26th
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.)
$12 (free with valid student ID)

 

Join us for an event featuring poetry from two highly sought-after poets on the rise.

Kelly Schirmann is a writer, musician, ceramicist, and visual artist from Northern California. She is the author of Popular Music and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. Her music projects include headband (solo), Sung Mountains (with Jason Fiske), and Young Family (with Sam Pink). She is the founding editor of Black Cake, a record label for contemporary poetry and other experiments, and the co-creator of OMO, Public Access and Friendship Collective. Other projects include Americans for Responsible Technology (A.R.T.), Idea Book, and Human/Website. She currently lives in Missoula, Montana.

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College.

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An Evening with Roxane Gay

The Bing Crosby Theater
Saturday, April 27th
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.)
$35 ($25 with valid student ID)

 

EWU’s Get Lit! Programs is proud to present an evening with Roxane Gay! We would like to thank the generous sponsors and community partners that made this event possible! These sponsors include the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Spokane County Library’s Friends of the Library Foundation, Eastern Washington University’s English Department, EWU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, EWU’s Multicultural Center, EWU’s Women’s and Gender Studies, EWU’s Pride Center, the YWCA of Spokane, and Gonzaga University’s Department of Political Science. Thank you all for helping us to bring Roxane Gay to Spokane!

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. She also released her collection of short stories, Difficult Women.

In 2018, she released Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, a valuable and searing anthology edited by Roxane. Roxane’s newest work, How to Be Heard, is set to release in 2019.

She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament.

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Craft Classes

 

We have re-named our Saturday, April 27, 2019 Writing Workshops; they will now be “Saturday Craft Classes”. We decided to update the name since the Saturday classes do not include traditional workshop-style feedback. The Craft Classes will be capped at 30 people and they will offer you opportunities to learn a craft element from your author, have some time for generative writing, and ask your author a few questions. The leaders for our Craft Classes this year will be: Kaveh Akbar, Isaac Marion, Kathryn Smith and Nance van Winckel, and Summer Hess and Eli Francovich. More specific information on these classes and how to order tickets coming soon. Tickets will be $30 or $20 with student ID, and they are available via TicketsWest here.

Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
MEC Classroom 2
$30, $20 with student ID

Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside the poet’s own totally unique psychic ecosystem that allows the poet access to a singular voice. In this workshop we’ll try various methods of popping under our own hoods and exploring our cognitive machinery (using things like meditation and bibliomancy and Rorschach tests), mining our discoveries for poetic language and imagery and more. Leaving the workshop, we’ll have generated drafts, jumping off points for new poems, and hopefully, if all goes well, better relationships with the little voices in our heads.

*Request for stack of random poetry books, at least one book per expected attendee, provided by venue.

Make it Real! Creating Characters and Worlds
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
MEC Classroom 3
$30, $20 with student ID

Join us for an exciting foray into fiction with author Isaac Marion. Whether you write high fantasy or strict realism, whether you’re inventing a galactic civilization or just one person, you face the same challenge: how do you make it real? How do you give your fictional world the depth and detail of reality? And how do you fill it with people instead of cardboard cutouts? We’ll examine the subtle differences between 2D and 3D fiction and figure out how to make yours pop. We’ll try out some practical techniques for adding texture to your settings and life to your characters. And we’ll discuss the underlying principle that powers all of this: believing in your story.

Elements of Erasure and Visual Poetry
3:15-5:15 pm
MEC Classroom 2
$30, $20 with student ID

Join us for an interactive craft class taught by writers Kathryn Smith and Nance Van Winckel. The word “erasure” implies removal, disappearance, destruction. In poetry, erasure is not so much about what has been removed, but what remains—lifting language to what author Jen Bervin calls “a divergent elsewhere.” In this craft class, we’ll discuss philosophies behind erasure poetry and look at several contemporary examples. We’ll also consider the relevance of the source material, the visual impact of blotted-out text, and what makes for a successful marriage of text and image. We’ll draw on these concepts to re-form texts of our own.

The Outdoor Writer’s Tool Kit
3:15 – 5:15 p.m
MEC Classroom 3

$30, $20 with student ID

In this two hour craft class, Eli Francovich of The Spokesman-Review and Summer Hess of Out There Outdoors will introduce essential tools and techniques for writing about the outdoors, including selecting topics, pitching ideas, adding color and life through details, conducting interviews and structuring articles. Writers will participate in free-writing exercises, engage in discussion, and will be encouraged to submit work to a writing contest put on by Get Lit!, Out There Outdoors, and The Spokesman-Review. Contest guidelines are available via www.getlit.submittable.com. *Note that participation in the craft class is not a requirement for submitting to the contest.

This year, we have an exciting new event designed for those passionate about both writing and yoga. Join us for a yoga class designed for the writer’s mind and body. The class will run from 8:30-9:30am and will be taught by experienced yoga teacher and owner of the Spokane Yoga Shala, Ara Lyman. All experience levels are welcome. Following the yoga class at 10:00 a.m., there will be a poetry reading by poet and publisher Janaka Stucky and Spokane poet Ellen Welcker. Stuckey is a mystic poet, performer, and publisher. He is the founding editor of Black Ocean Press, and the author of The World Will Deny it For You, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, and Ascend, Ascend. Ellen Welcker’s books are Ram Hands, The Botanical Garden, and several chapbooks, including “The Pink Tablet” which, with a group of collaborating artists, was also realized as a live, multi-genre ‘feral opera’ of the same name.

For more information on how to register, please visit the Yoga Shala’s website here. Ticket & registration information for the Yoga for Writers event will be available soon. Stay tuned!