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. 

With Spokane Public Radio as an intern since May 2017 and as an employee since June 2018, helps produce arts and special programming such as "The Bookshelf," "Poetry Moment," "Northwest Arts Review," special features and more. 

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Lynn Rigney Schott is a retired English teacher from Kettle Falls, and she'll be reading some poems about baseball to celebrate the start of the season. Her father, Bill Rigney, was a player and manager who spent his life working in major league baseball. In fact, his first professional assignment, in 1938, when he was twenty, was in Spokane as a Spokane Hawk in the old Western International League. 

He went on to play and manage with the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants, the California Angels, and the Minnesota Twins and finished his long career as an advisor with the Oakland Athletics.

Lynn's poetry collection Light Years came out in 2016 from Hawk and Handsaw Press.

Spring Training

 

The lilacs tip their pitches every time

Each pair of buds a little heart that swells

With praise, before the purple phrase they raise

.  .  . (fill in your final line here. Send to vwindham@kpbx.org  Winning answers will be read on Friday.

Lynn Rigney Schott is a retired English teacher from Kettle Falls, and she'll be reading some poems about baseball to celebrate the start of the season. Her father, Bill Rigney, was a player and manager who spent his life working in major league baseball. In fact, his first professional assignment, in 1938, when he was twenty, was in Spokane as a Spokane Hawk in the old Western International League. 

He went on to play and manage with the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants, the California Angels, and the Minnesota Twins and finished his long career as an advisor with the Oakland Athletics.

Lynn's poetry collection Light Years came out in 2016 from Hawk and Handsaw Press.

Lynn Rigney Schott is a retired English teacher from Kettle Falls, and she'll be reading some poems about baseball to celebrate the start of the season. Her father, Bill Rigney, was a player and manager who spent his life working in major league baseball. In fact, his first professional assignment, in 1938, when he was twenty, was in Spokane as a Spokane Hawk in the old Western International League. 

He went on to play and manage with the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants, the California Angels, and the Minnesota Twins and finished his long career as an advisor with the Oakland Athletics.

Lynn's poetry collection Light Years came out in 2016 from Hawk and Handsaw Press.

Lynn Rigney Schott is a retired English teacher from Kettle Falls, and she'll be reading some poems about baseball to celebrate the start of the season. Her father, Bill Rigney, was a player and manager who spent his life working in major league baseball. In fact, his first professional assignment, in 1938, when he was twenty, was in Spokane as a Spokane Hawk in the old Western International League. 

He went on to play and manage with the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants, the California Angels, and the Minnesota Twins and finished his long career as an advisor with the Oakland Athletics.

Lynn's poetry collection Light Years came out in 2016 from Hawk and Handsaw Press.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News. Her most recent writing and poetry typically deal with threats to the natural world, especially endangered wildlife. She’s currently contemplating writing a memoir of her work with Native peoples.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News. Her most recent writing and poetry typically deal with threats to the natural world, especially endangered wildlife. She’s currently contemplating writing a memoir of her work with Native peoples.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News. Her most recent writing and poetry typically deal with threats to the natural world, especially endangered wildlife. She’s currently contemplating writing a memoir of her work with Native peoples.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News. Her most recent writing and poetry typically deal with threats to the natural world, especially endangered wildlife. She’s currently contemplating writing a memoir of her work with Native peoples.

Jane Fritz has lived in Sandpoint, Idaho for 40 years and is a published writer, poet, independent radio producer and author of Legendary Lake Pend Oreille (Keokee Books, 2018, 2010). She is also the media director of The Idaho Mythweaver, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that has worked with the Plateau tribes of the region. For many years, she was a community producer of feature stories and documentaries for KPBX as well as for national programs like Living on Earth (now on PRX) and National Native News. Her most recent writing and poetry typically deal with threats to the natural world, especially endangered wildlife. She’s currently contemplating writing a memoir of her work with Native peoples.

Polly Buckingham's collection The Expense of a View was the 2016 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award (2014), and she was the recipient of a 2014 Washington State Artists Trust fellowship. Her latest collection of poetry is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review (reprinted at poetrydaily.com), Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University where she is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine.   

Polly Buckingham's collection The Expense of a View was the 2016 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award (2014), and she was the recipient of a 2014 Washington State Artists Trust fellowship. Her latest collection of poetry is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review (reprinted at poetrydaily.com), Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University where she is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine.   

In this re-broadcast of "Inalnd Northwest Voices" from 1983, SPR's Phyllis Silver talks with renowned poet James McAuley.

Spokane Arts has established a fund for Spokane artists who may have lost their primary source of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on how to donate to the fund or apply for support can be found here: spokanearts.kindful.com/artistrelief

Polly Buckingham's collection The Expense of a View was the 2016 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award (2014), and she was the recipient of a 2014 Washington State Artists Trust fellowship. Her latest collection of poetry is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review (reprinted at poetrydaily.com), Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University where she is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine.   

Polly Buckingham's collection The Expense of a View was the 2016 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award (2014), and she was the recipient of a 2014 Washington State Artists Trust fellowship. Her latest collection of poetry is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review (reprinted at poetrydaily.com), Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University where she is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine.   

Poetry Out Loud

Mar 16, 2020


Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest put on by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. High school students across the country memorize classic and contemporary poems and then compete head-to-head in live events. Mead High School student Jordan Mattox was this year’s Washington State Champion. She was scheduled to compete at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. at the end of April which has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

So, as a special showcase, we’re going to share a few features from the last two years’ Regional Poetry Out Loud events.

Polly Buckingham's collection The Expense of a View was the 2016 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, her chapbook A Year of Silence won the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award (2014), and she was the recipient of a 2014 Washington State Artists Trust fellowship. Her latest collection of poetry is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review (reprinted at poetrydaily.com), Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University where she is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine.   

Brooke Matson is a poet and book artist in Spokane, Washington, where she is the executive director of Spark Central, a non-profit dedicated to igniting creativity, innovation, and imagination. Eight years of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth deepened her study of physical science and the psychological effects of violence and loss. 

Matson's second collection of poetry, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize and has just been published by Milkweed Editions. 

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013.

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013.

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013.

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013.

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013.

Nicole Sheets’ work has appeared in Image, Bellingham Review, Hotel Amerika, Tampa Review, Western Humanities Review, Rock & Sling, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitworth University and edits How To Pack for Church Camp (howtopackforchurchcamp.com), an online anthology of creative nonfiction about spiritual experiences in the out-of-doors. In Spokane, she lives in a 50s rancher named Cool Ranch; on Twitter, she lives @heynicolesheets

Nicole Sheets’ work has appeared in Image, Bellingham Review, Hotel Amerika, Tampa Review, Western Humanities Review, Rock & Sling, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitworth University and edits How To Pack for Church Camp (howtopackforchurchcamp.com), an online anthology of creative nonfiction about spiritual experiences in the out-of-doors. In Spokane, she lives in a 50s rancher named Cool Ranch; on Twitter, she lives @heynicolesheets

Nicole Sheets’ work has appeared in Image, Bellingham Review, Hotel Amerika, Tampa Review, Western Humanities Review, Rock & Sling, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitworth University and edits How To Pack for Church Camp (howtopackforchurchcamp.com), an online anthology of creative nonfiction about spiritual experiences in the out-of-doors. In Spokane, she lives in a 50s rancher named Cool Ranch; on Twitter, she lives @heynicolesheets

Nicole Sheets’ work has appeared in Image, Bellingham Review, Hotel Amerika, Tampa Review, Western Humanities Review, Rock & Sling, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitworth University and edits How To Pack for Church Camp (howtopackforchurchcamp.com), an online anthology of creative nonfiction about spiritual experiences in the out-of-doors. In Spokane, she lives in a 50s rancher named Cool Ranch; on Twitter, she lives @heynicolesheets

Nicole Sheets’ work has appeared in Image, Bellingham Review, Hotel Amerika, Tampa Review, Western Humanities Review, Rock & Sling, Airplane Reading, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitworth University and edits How To Pack for Church Camp (howtopackforchurchcamp.com), an online anthology of creative nonfiction about spiritual experiences in the out-of-doors. In Spokane, she lives in a 50s rancher named Cool Ranch; on Twitter, she lives @heynicolesheets

Susanne Griepp, raised in southern California, has lived in eastern Washington since 1977. She's been a singer, shopkeeper, waitress, nurseryman, florist, landlady and para-educator. She lives with her husband, Winston, of 44 years, in Chewelah just west of Quartzite Mountain. A member of the Creekside Writers since 2011, she's been a community Arts and Humanities advocate for over twenty years.

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