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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Last week, we brought you the story of Coeur d’Alene musician Jackson Roltgen and his submission to this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. This week, Spokane Public Radio’s Chris Maccini talks with another young musician, this time from Spokane, who also submitted a video for the national contest.

Watch Carter Hudson's full YouTube video submission here.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Each year since 2014, NPR has invited musicians from around the country to submit video performances of original songs for its Tiny Desk Contest. It’s an offshoot of the popular Tiny Desk Concert video series in which well known and obscure musicians perform at Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR headquarters. 


The Tiny Desk Concert has become a mainstay of  internet music. Intimate concerts from well known and obscure musicians performing at Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR headquarters. And for the past several years, NPR has opened up the Tiny Desk Contest, asking musicians from around the country to submit videos performing at their own tiny desks. This year, one of those entrants was Jackson Roltgen, a musician from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, who talked with SPR's Chris Maccini.

 

Watch Jackson's full YouTube video here.

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Luis Murillo is a student at Wenatchee Valley College.

Victoria Driscoll is a student at Wenatchee Valley College.

Jamie Medel is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who enjoys music and literature.


Gemini Ruth Gutierrez-Zamora graduated from Wenatchee Valley College in the winter of 2020 and enjoys painting with acrylics, and writing fiction in her free time.

Olivia Schroeder is a student at Wenatchee Valley College. A world traveller and lover of all animals. Olivia is passionate about recovery and helping others find sobriety. Poetry has helped Olivia deepen her level of recovery and express and share her true self with others.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

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Small businesses across the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as have artists and musicians. A virtual event this Saturday [today] is bringing the two together with big name musical acts supporting communities across the country, including here in the Inland Northwest.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

Spokane Poetry Slam

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many events to move online, and the Spokane Poetry Slam is no exception. They’ve been hosting their monthly event online since March. But this Thursday, in light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in Spokane and around the world, they’re hosting a special open mic, virtually of course.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

Lukas van der Walde reads the conclusion of "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" plus part 1 of "His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Dying Detective."

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

Samantha Moser is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in poetry and hopes to gain more experience to improve her writing in the future. 

The bookshelf returns with a classic mystery tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

Read for The Bookshelf by Lukas Van der Walde.  Produced by Annie Matson.

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