Spokane Arts recently announced the first round of grant recipients for its Spokane Arts Grant Awards program, and among the awardees are three graduates of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program in creative writing.
Thom Caraway (’04) and partners Bethany Taylor and Derek Landers received $7,500 for Millwood Print Works, a nonprofit letterpress and screenprint shop whose mission is to train new production printmakers, provide access to letterpress and screenprint artists, and develop the regional text-based artists’ community.
Emily Gwinn (’05) received $1,500 to compile and publish an anthology celebrating the Spokane Poetry Slam. All proceeds from the sales of this collection will support the Individual World Poetry Slam coming to Spokane this October.
Kathryn Smith (’04) received $2,000 for a poetry project called “The Chosen Companions of the Goblin,” based on three sisters whose claims to communicate with the dead sparked the American Spiritualist movement.
Caraway, Gwinn and Smith represent three of the eight projects to receive SAGA funding. The grant program aims to support arts organizations, collectives and individual artists whose work impacts the Spokane community.
Spokane Arts represents the joint efforts of the 501c3 Spokane Arts Fund and the City of Spokane’s Arts Commission, working together to amplify Spokane as the cultural hub and catalyst for the Inland Northwest through arts, leadership, advocacy, networking and support.