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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African Rice Heart is an earthy, candid, and poetic narrative that traces Emily Star Wilkens's journey of growth, challenge, and discovery. You too will feel the heartbeat – sometimes strong, sometimes irregular, but always present – as Emily weaves her stories of wonder and longing, tragedy and tears, and ultimately, the sense of belonging she found during her year of service in Béré, Chad. (Summary from adventistbookcenter.com)

Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (Cherry Grove Collections, 2014). Her poems have been published in The South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Review, The Cimarron Review, POEM, and others. She spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising a family, and pursuing her love of writing poetry. Her latest passion is working with shelter dogs. She splits her time living on Vashon Island and in Spokane, Washington. 

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Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021) and Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017), and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Dean Davis

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021) and Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017), and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Dean Davis

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021) and Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017), and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Dean Davis

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021) and Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017), and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Dean Davis

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021) and Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017), and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Tracy K. Smith's poetry collection, Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and from 2017 to 2019, she served as Poet Laureate of the United States. She has also published a memoir, Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her newest collection of poetry is Wade in the Water, published in 2018. Public Radio listeners may also recognize her voice as the host of The Slowdown, a radio program and podcast which invited listeners to see the world in a different way, through poetry. 

Smith is a professor at Princeton University and on Wednesday, March 10th, she'll be hosting a virtual event with Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities speakers series “Diversity Dialogues, Conversations About Race and Equity."

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was originally published in 1925. The novel follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with his wealthy and mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Originally given mixed reviews by critics, The Great Gatsby has gone on to become one of the most celebrated works of fiction in American Literature. 

Dr. Anu Taranath is a professor at the University of Washington where she teaches on global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the author of the book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, as well as a consultant for schools, colleges, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies on social justice and global issues.

Taranath hosted a virtual event as part of Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities Speaker Series "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity" for which Spokane Public Radio is a media partner. The title of her talk is "Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society."

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Kevin Young is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of The New Yorker. From 2016-2020 he served as the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently, the poetry collection Brown and the nonfiction book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts & Fake News. He is also the editor of the anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song.

Young was a featured in the Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities  "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity."

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

 

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

 

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

 

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.

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Claudia Rankine, a poet, essayist and professor at Yale University. Her 2014 book Citizen: An American Lyric which explores the relentless, personal effects of microaggressions and everyday racism was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. In her latest book, Just Us:An American Conversation, Rankine sets out to have uncomfortable conversations with white people about race and how (or whether) they perceive their own whiteness. 

 Using funds from her 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Rankine founded the The Racial Imaginary Institute, an interdisciplinary center for writers, artists, and scholars to examine artists' whiteness and race as social constructs. She was the 20201 year’s guest for Gonzaga University’s 4th Annual Race & Racism Lecture.

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

 

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

 

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.

When Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall began helping to plan the university's 4th Annual Race and Racism Lecture, he decided to do something different. The former state poet laureate wanted to include as many people as possible after a summer of racial justice protests and a contentious election. So he reached out to local teachers to engage high school students in advance of Wednesday's lecture.

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Kate Peterson’s chapbook Grist won the Floating Bridge Prize and was published by Floating Bridge Press in 2016. Her poetry, prose, and interviews have been published in Sugar House Review, Glassworks, The Sierra Nevada Review, Rattle, Willow Springs, Hawai`i Pacific Review, and others. Kate is the director of Get Lit! Programs, home of Spokane’s annual week-long literary festival. 

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