Chris Maccini

Spokane continues to grow its reputation as a regional hotbed of poetry and literary events. On any given week, the choice is often not whether there is a reading, but  which of several competing events to attend. One of the newest reading series is the Spokane Poetry Showcase, coordinated by poet Denis Held.

Spokane continues to grow its reputation as a regional hotbed of poetry and literary events. On any given week, the choice is often not whether there is a reading, but  which of several competing events to attend. One of the newest reading series is the Spokane Poetry Showcase, coordinated by poet Denis Held.

Suzanne Matson’s fourth novel, Ultraviolet, was published by Catapult in September 2018.  Her previous novels are The Tree-Sitter (W. W. Norton, 2006), short-listed for the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Award;  A Trick of Nature (W. W.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, giovanni singleton is the founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She is the author of two collections of poetry, 2017’s AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper and Ascension, which won the 2011 California Book Award for Poetry. Her writing has earned numerous awards and fellowships and has been widely anthologized. singleton has taught at Saint Mary’s College, Naropa University, and New Mexico State University.

Ron Osgood is a Vietnam Veteran, Documentary Filmmaker & Professor Emeritus from the Media School at Indiana University. His new film, Just Like Me: Vietnam War Stories from All Sides is a journey from present to past and back again that follows Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood in his quest to recover fragmented and buried stories from all sides of the Vietnam War/American War, revealing multiple perspectives that are thematically interconnected.

Thom Caraway is the author of the poetry collections, A Visitor's Guide to North Dakota, published by Finishing Line Press in 2007 and What the Sky Lacks, from Korrektiv Press (2018). From 2013-2015, he served as Spokane’s first Poet Laureate, and since 2008, he has taught Creative Writing, Editing, and Book Design at Whitworth University where he also serves as editor of the literary journal Rock & Sling.

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The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has three all-new exhibits on display beginning this month including Luminous, an exhibit of glass artwork featuring works over thirty different artists including the renowned northwest artist, Dale Chihuly.

Connie Voisine is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, Cathedral of the North, which won the 1999 AWP Prize in Poetry, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and 2015’s Calle Florista. Her most recent chapbook, And God Created Women was published in 2018, and later this year, she will release a book-length poem set in Belfast, Northern Ireland titled The Bower.

Photo by Rajah Bose

Sharma Shields's new novel The Cassandra is set at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington during WWII, and follows a young woman, Mildred Groves, who has visions of the destruction that will be caused by the atomic bombs she is unwittingly helping create. The book will be released Tuesday, February 12th and Shields will be reading from that day at the Downtown Branch of the Spokane Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale by Auntie's Books.

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Thursday night January 31st, the Downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library played host to a regional competition for high school students, but this was no football or basketball game. English Teacher Kelly Grayum from Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop Washington explained the event:

 

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