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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Marlon James is the author of four novels including A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the 2015 Man Booker Prize, and most recently Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. The novel is the first in a planned epic fantasy trilogy set in an ancient, mythical Africa. A profile in the New Yorker called it a novel that “counters the dominant impression of the genre it inhabits. Instead of kings with swords and flaxen-haired princesses, the novel contains pitch-skinned witches haloed in bees, and vampires that turn your blood into blue lightning, and demons that come screeching across rooftops in the dark.”

 James is the first of this year’s Hagan Center Speakers Series presented by Community Colleges of Spokane. The topic this year is "Diversity Dialogues: Conversations About Race and Equity.” Marlon James will be hosting a live virtual event on Wednesday, January 20th at 5 p.m. Spokane Public Radio is the Speaker Series’ media partner.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Dean Davis | Pictures of Poets

Chris Cook is Spokane’s current Poet Laureate. His first collection of poetry, The View from the Broken Mic, was published in 2012 (Gray Dog Press). Additional work has been published by Sage Hill Press, Scablands Books, and The Spokesman-Review. His children’s poetry has been published by Little, Brown Books, Meadowbrook Press, and Scholastic Press. His latest collection, Damn Good Cookie, was released in 2016 by Korrektiv Press.

Dean Davis

Dennis Held lives in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, where he is a book editor and community organizer. His first book of poetry, Betting on the Night, was published by Lost Horse Press; his second, Ourself, by Gribble Press. His most recent collection, Not Me, Exactly, was published in 2020 by Hand to Mouth Press. He lives along Hangman Creek and watches for kingfishers.

Dean Davis

Dennis Held lives in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, where he is a book editor and community organizer. His first book of poetry, Betting on the Night, was published by Lost Horse Press; his second, Ourself, by Gribble Press. His most recent collection, Not Me, Exactly, was published in 2020 by Hand to Mouth Press. He lives along Hangman Creek and watches for kingfishers.

Dean Davis

Dennis Held lives in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, where he is a book editor and community organizer. His first book of poetry, Betting on the Night, was published by Lost Horse Press; his second, Ourself, by Gribble Press. His most recent collection, Not Me, Exactly, was published in 2020 by Hand to Mouth Press. He lives along Hangman Creek and watches for kingfishers.

Dean Davis

Dennis Held lives in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of Spokane, Washington, where he is a book editor and community organizer. His first book of poetry, Betting on the Night, was published by Lost Horse Press; his second, Ourself, by Gribble Press. His most recent collection, Not Me, Exactly, was published in 2020 by Hand to Mouth Press. He lives along Hangman Creek and watches for kingfishers.

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry. Most recently, her sonnet-sequence titled All That Held Us won the 2018 John Ciardi Award and was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri. Her first book, Take What You Want, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and was published in 2007. She has published poems and essays in The New England Review, New Ohio Review, Terrain, The American Journal of Poetry and other journals. She lives in Missoula, MT and teaches at the University of Montana and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry. Most recently, her sonnet-sequence titled All That Held Us won the 2018 John Ciardi Award and was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri. Her first book, Take What You Want, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and was published in 2007. She has published poems and essays in The New England Review, New Ohio Review, Terrain, The American Journal of Poetry and other journals. She lives in Missoula, MT and teaches at the University of Montana and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry. Most recently, her sonnet-sequence titled All That Held Us won the 2018 John Ciardi Award and was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri. Her first book, Take What You Want, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and was published in 2007. She has published poems and essays in The New England Review, New Ohio Review, Terrain, The American Journal of Poetry and other journals. She lives in Missoula, MT and teaches at the University of Montana and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry. Most recently, her sonnet-sequence titled All That Held Us won the 2018 John Ciardi Award and was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri. Her first book, Take What You Want, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and was published in 2007. She has published poems and essays in The New England Review, New Ohio Review, Terrain, The American Journal of Poetry and other journals. She lives in Missoula, MT and teaches at the University of Montana and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry. Most recently, her sonnet-sequence titled All That Held Us won the 2018 John Ciardi Award and was published by BkMk Press at the University of Missouri. Her first book, Take What You Want, won the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and was published in 2007. She has published poems and essays in The New England Review, New Ohio Review, Terrain, The American Journal of Poetry and other journals. She lives in Missoula, MT and teaches at the University of Montana and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems.

Kevin Brown is the host of Front Porch Bluegrass, Sundays at 1 p.m. on KPBX.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems.

Kevin Brown is the host of Front Porch Bluegrass, Sundays at 1 p.m. on KPBX.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems.

Cassia Fox is SPR's Membership Assistant.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems.

Maureen Haeger is SPR's host of Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems.

Steve Jackson is a news reporter for SPR.

This week, Spokane Public Radio staff are reading winter and holiday themed poems. 

Jerry Olson is SPR's chief engineer.

Danielle Weeks received her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Reviewcream city review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast, among others, and her poem “Human Uses” was chosen as the winner of Atticus Review’s annual poetry contest in 2018. Danielle currently lives in Spokane and works for the Children's Home Society of WA. 

Danielle Weeks received her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Reviewcream city review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast, among others, and her poem “Human Uses” was chosen as the winner of Atticus Review’s annual poetry contest in 2018. Danielle currently lives in Spokane and works for the Children's Home Society of WA. 

Danielle Weeks received her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Reviewcream city review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast, among others, and her poem “Human Uses” was chosen as the winner of Atticus Review’s annual poetry contest in 2018. Danielle currently lives in Spokane and works for the Children's Home Society of WA. 

This story was submitted by a listener named Eric in December 2020 when the topic was "The Holidays."

Danielle Weeks received her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Reviewcream city review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast, among others, and her poem “Human Uses” was chosen as the winner of Atticus Review’s annual poetry contest in 2018. Danielle currently lives in Spokane and works for the Children's Home Society of WA. 

Danielle Weeks received her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Reviewcream city review, The Gettysburg Review, and Third Coast, among others, and her poem “Human Uses” was chosen as the winner of Atticus Review’s annual poetry contest in 2018. Danielle currently lives in Spokane and works for the Children's Home Society of WA. 

Pranjulaa Singh wrote her first poem when she was only 13 years old. Till date, she has written about 800 poems. She attended the Poetry College, in Mumbai, and has an Msc in Creative Industries Management, from Birkbeck, University of London (2015).

Her poems have been published in Poetry Nature, Poets India, Image Curve and Nocturne Journal, amongst others. One of her poems, based on a painting, won the first prize for the Arts Illustrated poetry writing contest. She has also authored an audio book, “Short and Sweet Story”, which is on Storytel, and has published her first collection of 23 positive poems in “Sparkle: Life is Poetry, a book of positive poetry”, on Kindle Amazon and a second poetry book, "Romance with Lock Down" across digital channels and is available for print by order. When she is not writing, she connects the worlds of art and management at www.PranjalArts.com

Pranjulaa Singh wrote her first poem when she was only 13 years old. Till date, she has written about 800 poems. She attended the Poetry College, in Mumbai, and has an Msc in Creative Industries Management, from Birkbeck, University of London (2015).

Her poems have been published in Poetry Nature, Poets India, Image Curve and Nocturne Journal, amongst others. One of her poems, based on a painting, won the first prize for the Arts Illustrated poetry writing contest. She has also authored an audio book, “Short and Sweet Story”, which is on Storytel, and has published her first collection of 23 positive poems in “Sparkle: Life is Poetry, a book of positive poetry”, on Kindle Amazon and a second poetry book, "Romance with Lock Down" across digital channels and is available for print by order. When she is not writing, she connects the worlds of art and management at www.PranjalArts.com

Glaciers is read by the auhtor, Alexis M, Smith. Her most recent novel, Marrow Island, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her short fiction and other writings have appeared in The Portland Monthly, Tarpaulin Sky, Bon Appétit, Moss, and The Portland Review. She lives in Spokane and teaches at the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

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