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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About Pivot Spokane

Every great story has a pivot. It may be the moment the stakes are raised, when you can't wait to hear what comes next. It could be the instant a story elevates from good to great, or the nexus at which a story reveals what it's truly about. It could be the way a great story can make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, and in the next moment, break your heart.

 

  

About Pivot Spokane

Every great story has a pivot. It may be the moment the stakes are raised, when you can't wait to hear what comes next. It could be the instant a story elevates from good to great, or the nexus at which a story reveals what it's truly about. It could be the way a great story can make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, and in the next moment, break your heart.

 

  Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City, (Floating Bridge Press) and the creator of  the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. She is also a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and an individual artist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo and Psychological Perspectives among others. 

About Pivot Spokane

Every great story has a pivot. It may be the moment the stakes are raised, when you can't wait to hear what comes next. It could be the instant a story elevates from good to great, or the nexus at which a story reveals what it's truly about. It could be the way a great story can make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, and in the next moment, break your heart.

 

About Pivot Spokane

Every great story has a pivot. It may be the moment the stakes are raised, when you can't wait to hear what comes next. It could be the instant a story elevates from good to great, or the nexus at which a story reveals what it's truly about. It could be the way a great story can make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, and in the next moment, break your heart.

 

Mary Norris joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978 and has been a copy editor and proofreader there for more than thirty years. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she lives in New York and Rockaway. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton) is her first book.

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist whose writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Science, The Washington Post, High Country News, Outside, Smithsonian, Audubon Magazine, and many other publications. His new book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter explores the many ways in which this modest rodent has shaped the history of North America and how they may help us solve some of our most pressing environmental issues. He lives in Spokane, WA.

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. Recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust Grant, a Florida Review Prize for Poetry, and the Crab Creek Review Prize for Poetry, Laura teaches and presents regularly at literary festivals and conferences throughout the Northwest, such as GetLit!, Write on the Sound, Litfuse, and the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Laura teaches writing and literature at Spokane Falls Community College and serves as Poet Laureate of Spokane.

"Stienway Stars" features music teachers from around the Spokane region performing piano duos, October 27th at 7 p.m. Eastern Washington University's Music Building Recital Hall.

Pianists Scott Rednour, Archie Chen, and Greg Presley joined Verne Windham in the SPR studio for a preview of the program.

Sierra Golden  is a graduate of Gonzaga University and recieved an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Her manuscript The Slow Art won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was published by Bear Star Press in 2018. Golden's poems appear in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies by HedgebrookHugo House, and The Elizabeth George Foundation. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications at Casa Latina, a nonprofit organization in Seattle that advances the power and well-being of Latino immigrants.

On October 27th and 18th, the Spokane Symphony will celebrate Halloween with a musical ode to Harry Potter filled with actors, dancers, and magic. Experience music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, along with other seasonal selections performed by the orchestra. 

Spokane Symphony's music director Eckart Preu joins Verne Windham in the SPR studio to talk about the Symphony's Oct. 20th and 21st performances of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. Guest Pianist Alon Goldstein joins the conversation and performs in the SPR studio.

More information about the Spokane Symphony at spokanesymphony.org

Spokane Public Radio will air political debates on Thursday,  October 18 in advance of the 2018 midterm election.

Steve Almond is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times best-sellers, Candyfreak and Against Football. He was also the host of the popular podcast Dear Sugars with  fellow author Cheryl Strayed.

Almond's latest book, Bad Stories: What the Hell just Happened to Our Country is an earnest and clear-headed attempt to make sense of the various cultural forces that led to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. In it, Almond guides readers through an often difficult look at many of the assumptions that underpin our understanding of our country and society.

Steve Almond was in Spokane on October 6th as part of Eastern Washington University's Visiting Writers Series, and he took the time to speak with Spokane Public Radio's Chris Maccini.

Willow Springs Books is publishing an anthology of community poetry called Hair of the Dog, inspired by the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dog. 

Willow Springs Books is a small press associated with Eastern Washington University. Associate Director Lauren Hohle and Graduate Student Daniel Spiro stopped by the SPR studio for a conversation with Chris Maccini.

Behind the Scenes of the 2018 Fall Pledge Drive

Oct 4, 2018

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The fall 2018 pledge drive is under way! Here's a peek behind the scenes from the studios of Spokane Public Radio. If you haven't already, take a moment to make a pledge after you check out these photo collages.  Thank you for your support!

Members of the artist collective "Emerge CDA" in Coeur d'Alene spoke visited the SPR studio to speak with Chris Maccini.

Emerge CDA is a collective art experience engaging all members of the community in a variety of high quality creative outlets, while offering a platform for emerging artists to cultivate their careers as professionals.

We spoke with founder and Executive Director Jeni Hegsted along with artists Reinaldo Gil Zambrano and Alexandra Iosub.

Elliot Reed's debut novel, A Key to Treehouse Living, is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows uo near a rive in the rural Midwest. The novel takes the form of a glossary-style list with entries ranging from ARCHEOLOGY and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL and REVELATION. 

Elliot Reed will be reading from the novel at Auntie's Bookstore on Thursday, October 4th at 7 p.m.

Miller Cane is the story of a fraudulent historian who makes his living conning the victims of mass shootings. He returns home to save the young daughter of the woman he loves, taking her with him on his roadshow across the worn-out heart of America, staying one step ahead of what’s after them. The story is by turns hilarious, unsettling, bizarre, and fearless. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

On September 20th, the Inlander hosted a live reading of Miller Cane: A True & Exact History at the Washington Cracker Company building in Spokane. Author Sam Ligon read from the novel along with other local writers: Tony Flinn, Laura Read, Shawn Vestal, Leyna Krow, Chelsea Martin, and Kate Lebo.

Newsletter for October-December, 2018:

  • 2018 Election Coverage
  • Fall Folk Festival Broadcast Nov. 10th
  • Events Listing & Membership Information

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Spokane is reading is a region-wide initiative of the Spokane Public Library, Spokane County Library, and Auntie's Bookstore. 

Author Amy Stewart will be in town for two events Thursday, September 27 1 pm at the Spokane Valley Event Center and 7 pm at the Spokane Public Library, Downtown.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez ReviewLilac City Fairy TalesRailtown AlmanacThe Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.

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