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Our Mission Statement

The ultimate goal of Get Lit! Programs, which includes educational outreach activities as well as an annual literary festival, is to engage the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word and to encourage discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms. Overall, Get Lit! Programs enhances the artistic, social, and cultural life of people throughout the region.

A Message from 2014-15 Assistant Coordinator, Megan Charles

The biggest event Get Lit! works toward each year is preparing for our Annual Literary Festival, which takes place in the spring.  This weeklong celebration includes readings and lectures by featured authors, book signings, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams, and many other events for the public to attend.  Be sure to mark your 2015 calendars for the 17th Annual Get Lit! Festival, which takes place April 20-26th.  We are also pleased to announce the first ever Spokane Youth Book Festival (SpoYo), which will run October 9th-10th.

Get Lit! continues to oversee Poetry Out Loud in the Spokane/Eastern Washington area.  POL is a national program implemented in high school classrooms to encourage students to engage with classic and contemporary poetry.  Structured like a spelling bee, POL students compete in school, regional, and national competitions to win scholarships & books of poetry for their schools.

Our writers in the schools programs, Author’s Tour and Writers in Residence, send published writers in K-12 schools throughout the region to share their work and implement tools to enrich the literary development of young people.  In partnership with the Creative Writing MFA program at Eastern Washington University, Get Lit! is also responsible for promoting EWU’s Visiting Writers Series, bringing authors from across the country to share their work with the community.

As a non-profit, the success of Get Lit! Programs depend on the hard work of our interns and volunteers in areas of social media, web design, grant writing, marketing and much more.  Graduate students are able to intern each quarter at Get Lit!, obtaining not only course credits, but valuable experience working for a literary nonprofit to enhance their work history and CVs.

Above all, everyone here at Get Lit! works toward enhancing the artistic, social and cultural life of people throughout the region.

Megan Charles
Assistant Coordinator