Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! Festival, the Northwest’s premier event for readers, writers and book lovers, is back for the 19th annual event running April 17-23. The weeklong festival includes readings, interviews, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams, writing workshops and much more.
“The festival really does have something for everyone this year. Attendees can compete in the Writers in the Community Poetry Slams, share their work at an open-mic at the Convention Center, participate in a writing workshop, or sit back and enjoy one of our many readings and panel discussions,” said Kate Peterson, interim director of Get Lit! Programs. “We have events featuring singer-songwriters this year as well, including a benefit show at The Bartlett on Saturday night. We are especially excited to have plenty of events at EWU, both on the Spokane campus and in Cheney.”
While many events are in Spokane, this year a full slate of panel discussions, readings, classroom visits, and a staged performance are scheduled at EWU’s main campus in Cheney on Friday, April 21. All of the Cheney events are free and open to the public.
- Queer Women Writers Panel, 9-10 a.m., EWU Cheney Campus, JFK Library Lobby
- Career in the Literary Arts Panel, 10:20-11:20 a.m., EWU Cheney Campus, JFK Library Lobby
- Singer-songwriter Panel, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., EWU Cheney Campus, JFK Library Lobby
- Northwest Boulevard Reading, 1-1:50 p.m., EWU Cheney Campus, JFK Library Lobby
- We Are a Poem, a staged reading of an original play adapted, by Jeff Sanders and Sara Goff, from the collected works of John Rybicki and Julie Moulds, 4 p.m., EWU Theatre, Cheney
The headliners this year are Laila Lalami, Albert Goldbarth (reading with EWU’s Christopher Howell and Nance Van Winckel), Jamaal May, Emily Ruskovich, John Rybicki, Meghan Daum and Justin Torres. Organizers are also excited to have Alexandra Teague, Jason Rekulak, Shin Yu Pai as well as many of the outstanding faculty members in the MFA at EWU. View the entire festival schedule to plan your week!
The Get Lit! Festival seeks above all to foster a love of reading and writing, and to celebrate the world of literature among all people in our community. We hope that each year more will join with us to embrace the power and magic of words.
Tickets and festival passes are available through TicketsWest, 1-800-325-SEAT.