Chris Maccini

Production Director & Morning Edition Host

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 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 where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing.  

Chris hosts Morning Edition and produces arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.

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Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

Born in El Paso, Texas, Luis J. Rodriguez grew up in Watts and East Los Angeles. A gang member and drug user at the age of twelve, by the time he turned eighteen, Rodríguez had lost twenty-five of his friends to gang violence, drug overdoses, shootings, and suicide. He’s the author of two award-winning autobiographical accounts of his experiences with gang violence and addiction, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing and Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. 

Rodriguez is also the author of several other books of poetry and prose, including most recently, From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, journeys and imaginings from a native Xicanx writer.

Spokane Public Library

Artists are often inspired by their surroundings. Some are lucky enough to work in places that feed their imaginations. Others, though, struggle to find ample space to create their art.

Spokane's public libraries and schools are developing a new building with studios they'll offer for artists to work.

 

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

From a Limestone Ledge: Some Essays and Other Ruminations about Country Life in Texas by John Graves 

Read for The Bookshelf by Tom Bacon

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

Gawain Fadeley is a fifth-generation Spokanite. A copywriter by day and recreational rock’n’roll musician by night, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from Gonzaga University.

"Wild Encounters"

Apr 29, 2021

Producer Jane Fritz presents "Wild Encounters." This program was originally broadcast in 1997.

Catherine Grainger is an artist, potter and poet who lives in West Central, Spokane.   Her poems reflect her love of Spokane history, delight in nature and curiosity about humankind. She can often be found in the cottage garden of her Craftsman Bungalow or walking along the Centennial Trail.  

Zoey R. Zeller, age 11, is an avid reader, dragon enthusiast, dog owner, fosterer of cats, big sister, and blogger—about the realities of attending school during the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things. Zoey reads a lot of novels. She does not have any social media accounts.

 Canyon Zeller, age 8, is a Dog Man fan, who also loves Pokémon, ducks, humor/jokes, eating sugar, cuddling, skipping rocks, basketball, soccer, Legos, and Star Wars. He wears pajamas as often as possible.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Eileen Garvin now lives in Hood River, Oregon, which is located on the south bank of the Columbia River near Mount Hood. She's been a freelance writer for more than fifteen years, writing about travel, outdoor recreation and small business for various online and print media outlets. Her work has appeared with PsychologyToday.com, The Oregonian, Travel Oregon, and Creative Non-Fiction Magazine. 

Garvin's new novel is The Music of Bees.

Eric Woodard has taught English and psychology at Lewis and Clark High School for almost 30 years. This is his first published poem.

Thuy-Dzuong Nguyen is a writer, Flying Spider, food friend, maker and grower of things. She received her B.A. in journalism and history from Gonzaga University and spent a brief but joyful time in the newsroom. Her book The Truth Lenders (2010) is speculative fiction and a multimedia novel. She works in communications, thankful to be part of the dynamic universe of words and word-wranglers, always rediscovering ordinary deep magic. She lives in Spokane.

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Dean Davis

Travis Laurence Naught is a writer who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Carbon dioxide poisoning, exacerbated by pneumonia, at the age of 35, led to a 27-day hospital stay that left him with a tracheostomy. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012), his debut poetry collection, and Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2016), his debut novel, were both released in paperback. Several of his other stories and poems have been published online and in print. He completed graduate coursework in sports psychology at Eastern Washington University, and enjoys coffee, comic books and related collectibles, and the outdoors. Travis lives with his parents, sister, niece, and nephew in Cheney, Washington.

Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books, 2019), which was long-listed for The Believer Book Award. Originally from Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds College. 

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