Thursday, April 12, 2012

Literarily Speaking: GetLit! in Spokane, 2012

Childlike illustration of tree with leaves and birds for 14th annual GetLit! festival
A strange phenomenon is currently happening in Spokane. The readers have crept out from their reading chairs, the writers out of the coffee shops and studies, and the libraries are empty for a different reason.  Even the airport is taking part, in its way, bringing us a Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, and Lois Lowry, award-winning writer of children's literature.

A festival is upon us, friends!  It's time for the Spokane, WA annual event: GetLit!

All week Spokane is celebrating the word--spoken and on the page. Today, for example, there are poetry slam competitions happening, from grade-school-age to college-age.  On Saturday, workshops and panels all day, and then, a play that night.  On Sunday, Kooser will read and be interviewed by the poet Christopher Howell.  And, of course, much, much more!

From the 10th to the 15th, writers and readers will mingle among words and, sometimes, wine.  From one side of town to another, it's true: Spokane believes in writing.


For the calendar of events, please visit the GetLit! website.

Update: She read as part of the Inland Northwest Faculty Reading at Barrister Winery, and was quite glad to be a part of listening and sharing work in such a lovely space.