Spokane’s Get Lit! 2019

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2019

This year’s edition of Get Lit once again featured a roll call of literary talent, from Sharma Shields to Jess Walter.

On Thursday night, we attended a reading at the Spokane Downtown Library featuring Sharma Shields and Jonathan Johnson. Johnson read from many of his pieces, as did Shields, including her new novel, The Cassandra.

On Sunday, we continued our literary adventure with more readings, this time from up and coming M.F.A. talent, such as Kailee Haong and Cassandra Lee. Interpunct Press provided the venue and refreshments.

Our experience, at the 21st edition of Get Lit!, concluded with a working tour of that same local, artisan press – Interpunct Press.

The vibrant and talented local writing community, combined with the hardworking folks at Get Lit!, made this year’s event, once again, an unquestionable success. Thank you to everyone that makes it happen, year after year.

We look forward to seeing what surprises are in store for Get Lit! 2020, next April.

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2018

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2018

This year’s edition of Get Lit once again featured a roll call of literary talent, from Shawn Vestal and Fitz Fitzpatrick to Anne Lamott and Jess Walter.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On Monday night, we attended the studio taping of a panel discussion “The Spokane Literary Community”, hosted by Mark L. Anderson, Spokane’s third Poet Laureate. It was a lively discussion.

Friday morning, our fun continued, with a visit to the Kennedy Library on the E.W.U. Cheney campus. The first panel, “The Financial Lives of Writers”, was hosted by poet and MFA alum, Aileen Keown Vaux. Insightful conversation was followed by an informal meet and greet. We were lucky enough to converse with Vaux, as well as freelance writer, Sarah Hauge. Our day at the JFK continued with a session on “Writing Beyond the Binary”, moderated by R. Cassandra Bruner. The commentary was peppered with humor and sadness. Fitz Fitzpatrick was electric as well as edifying.

Our experience at this, the 20th edition of Get Lit!, concluded on Saturday at the quirky and entirely enjoyable downtown venue known as the Montvale Event Center (MEC).  Spurred by the delightful direction of humorist Elissa Ball, the panel members opened with a series of short readings and then, in turn, tackled questions about the many dimensions of humor in writing.

The vibrant and talented local writing community, combined with the hardworking folks at Get Lit!, made this year’s event another undeniable success. Thank you to everyone that made it happen.

We look forward to seeing what surprises are in store for Get Lit! 2019. (April 15th – 21st)

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2015

Spokane’s Get Lit! 2015 – The Jess and Sherman Show.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This year’s edition of Get Lit once again featured a roll call of literary talent, from Shawn Vestal and Sharma Shields to Kris Dinnison and Walter Kirn. Our personal festival experience seemed to revolve around Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie.

On Wednesday night, we attended the live podcast “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment”, hosted by award-winning authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter. It was a raucous show that included audience participation, host readings and a bluesy, soulful performance from musical guest, Boss of Me. All told, a thoroughly entertaining evening.

Thursday morning, the fun continued with a visit to the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities, which hosted a Q&A with author Alexie. The session was followed by a sign and greet.

Thursday night ,we attended the now famous Pie and Whiskey readings. This event’s unique blend of Dry Fly whiskey, homemade pie, slamming poetry and flash fiction continues to make it a festival favorite. Jess Walter was among the thirteen enthusiastic writers to take the Spokane Woman’s Center podium throughout the evening.

Lost Horse Press produced a chapbook from the P&W readings.

During the week, we visited a young writers group and caught up with some older author friends as well.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to Sam Ligon, Jess Walter, Sherman Alexie, Christine Holbert and Bruce Holbert, along with everyone else that helped make this year’s event a great success.

We look forward to seeing what surprises are in store for Get Lit! 2016.