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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Jonathan Johnson’s poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry, published in recent issues of PloughsharesSouthern ReviewWitnessEpochPrairie SchoonerSewanee ReviewPoetry NorthwestRattle

Cris Currie is the author of two books, A User's Guide to Mount Spokane, and most recently, Spokane's History of Skiing. For over two decades, Currie has served as president of The Friends of Mount Spokane State Park, a non-profit organization which works to "enhance the programs and services of Mt. Spokane State Park and to encourage general awareness, further public interest, and provide public education in an effort to promote the responsible use of the Park and its cultural, recreational, historical, and natural resources."

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

  

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson is helping local poets bring their words to the City Council his new "Poetry at the Podium" initiative invites a poet to open each Spokane City Council Meeting in 2019. 

Interested poets are encouraged to apply at spokanearts.org/poetry-at-the-podium.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

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President Trump will address the nation about border security tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 8). Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer will give a joint response immediately following. The government is partially shut down, with Trump in a stalemate with Democrats over funding for a wall along the southern border. Watch the remarks live at 6:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. ET)

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Mike Aleman reads Leo Tolstoy's classic novella, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," first published in Russian in 1886.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

  

Jeff Hazen reads Jack London's classic 1908 short story, "To Build a Fire."

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Jeff Hazen reads Jack London's classic 1908 short story, "To Build a Fire."

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Newsletter for January-March, 2019:

  • Looking back at 2018 and ahead to the new year.
  • The Record Sale
  • Events Listing & Membership Information

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Columbia Fire & Iron is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission it is to cultivate and serve the growing community of blacksmiths and metal artists in Central and Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana. They host a variety of events, demonstrations, classes and "hammer-ins," and are the recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from Spokane Arts to expand their outreach and education programs. More information about Columbia Fire and Iron can be found on their website: columbiafireandiron.org.

Beth Severn-Johnson is SPR's Membership Manager.  

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

Larry Ellingson is a visual artist, musician, and composer whose collaboration with painter and printmaker Timothy C. Ely is currently on display at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery in downtown Spokane (115 South Adams Street). The show is based on Ely’s original “graphic scores,” abstract drawings which Ellingson used as the basis for musical compositions representing each piece.

Steve Jackson is SPR's News Assignment Editor and Morning Edition Host. 

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

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