Chris Maccini

Program Production Director

Chris grew up in Spokane and has many fond childhood memories of being subjected to the voices of SPR while in the backseat of his parents' car.  After moving to Upstate New York and graduating from Colgate University with a degree in Economics, he spent six years living in Seattle working for non-profit organizations and sailing around the Puget Sound with his wife, Tracie, and their boat-dog, Mollusk. He returned to Spokane to attend graduate school at Eastern Washington University and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing. 

Chris produces arts and special programming such as "The Bookshelf," "Poetry Moment," "Northwest Arts Review," special features and more. He also regularly hosts NPR's afternoon news program, All Things Considered.

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Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent. From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent. From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent. From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent. From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas.  He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University.  He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.  From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.


This fall has been a back to school season unlike any other. The routines of students, families, and educators all over the country have been turned upside down. Last month, we asked listeners to share some of their own back to school experiences for our series "My Story."

For Catherine, a high schooler from Sandpoint, Idaho, this school year is unique not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because she entered a new school system. 

Tami Haaland is the author ofthree poetry collections, most recently What Does Not Return. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including, Cutthroat, Consequence, The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Healing the Divide. Her work has also been featured on The Slowdown, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry

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A. Kendra Greene is a writer and artist who has worked at the Chicago History museum, the University of Iowa museum and the Dallas Museum of art, where was a writer in residence. She holds an MFA in nonfiction and a graduate certificate in book arts from the University of Iowa, and she lives in Dallas where she is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas. 

Greene’s latest book is The Museum of Whales You’ll Never See, a collection of essays and drawings recounting her excursions to some of the most unusual museums in Iceland including the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which boasts a collection of penises from every mammal known to exist in the country and the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.

Greene is the first of this year’s Visiting Writers at Eastern Washington University. She’ll be hosting a virtual event, open to the public on Friday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Tami Haaland is the author ofthree poetry collections, most recently What Does Not Return. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including, Cutthroat, Consequence, The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Healing the Divide. Her work has also been featured on The Slowdown, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry

Tami Haaland is the author ofthree poetry collections, most recently What Does Not Return. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including, Cutthroat, Consequence, The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Healing the Divide. Her work has also been featured on The Slowdown, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry

The Washington Coronavirus Response Joint Information Center is scheduled to hold a telebriefing to provide an update on the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. The live video will begin at 2:30 p.m. PDT

Tami Haaland is the author ofthree poetry collections, most recently What Does Not Return. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including, Cutthroat, Consequence, The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Healing the Divide. Her work has also been featured on The Slowdown, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry


One of the most widespread impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been its effect on school children and their families. Last month, we asked listeners to share their own stories from this unique “back to school” season. 

Spokane Public Radio’s Chris Maccini shares one person’s experience from our series, “My Story.”

This story was submitted by a listener named Merrilee in October 2020 when the topic was "Back to School."

Tami Haaland is the author ofthree poetry collections, most recently What Does Not Return. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including, Cutthroat, Consequence, The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Healing the Divide. Her work has also been featured on The Slowdown, The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry

M.L. Smoker is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.   She currently serves as co-poet laureate for the state of Montana, alongside her longtime friend, Melissa Kwasny.

M.L. Smoker is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.   She currently serves as co-poet laureate for the state of Montana, alongside her longtime friend, Melissa Kwasny.

M.L. Smoker is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.   She currently serves as co-poet laureate for the state of Montana, alongside her longtime friend, Melissa Kwasny.

 

2020 Election Results for the State of Washington

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2020 Election Results for the State of Idaho.

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2020 Election Results for county and local elections in North Idaho.

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2020 Judicial Election Results 

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M.L. Smoker is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.   She currently serves as co-poet laureate for the state of Montana, alongside her longtime friend, Melissa Kwasny.

Tom Parker talks with Former Washington Senator Michael Baumgartner and current Washington Representative Marcus Riccelli as part of Spokane Public Radio's new series "I Don't Know What To Believe."

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