Too Legit To Quit: Celebrating 20 years of Get Lit! Programs
*This event is free and open to all-ages, but attendees must be prepared to show ID.
We’ll be kicking off the 2018 festival with a 90’s themed reading to celebrate our 20th anniversary!
The event, hosted by Aileen Keown Vaux, will feature 90’s themed readings from Hanif Abdurraqib, Chelsea Martin, Juan Carlos Reyes, Leah Sottile, Jess Walter, and Nance Van Winckel. Come kick off the festival in your favorite 90’s style; dressing the part is encouraged, but of course optional! This event is free, but we will have t-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, tote bags, and our 20th anniversary anthology on sale. Attendees over 21 will also be able to purchase 90’s themed cocktails!
Our anniversary anthology, published by Willow Springs Books and made possible through a generous SAGA grant from Spokane Arts, will be released at the event and will be on sale for $18. Proceeds benefit Get Lit! Programs and Willow Springs Books. The anthology features work from Robert Bly, Tess Gallagher, Melissa Kwasny, Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, and many other fantastic local and national writers.
Line-up for the reading:
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His essays and music criticism have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and many more. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and has previously worked for MTV News. Hanif’s recent publications include; The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, Vintage Sadness, and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.
Chelsea Martin is an illustrator and author of five books, including Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life, Mickey, and Even Though I Don’t Miss You. Her website is jerkethics.com
Juan Carlos Reyes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and he is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. His book, A Summer’s Lynching, won the Quarterly West 2016 novella prize, and his chapbook, Elements of a Bystander, won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others.
Leah Sottile is an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has been featured by The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, The Washington Post, Playboy, Vice, Outside, and several other magazines. She is a frequent guest on public radio, an occasional fiction writer, a one-time comic strip author and is the former host of two very late-night heavy metal programs. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Jess Walter is the author of eight books, most recently the number-one best-selling novel Beautiful Ruins and the story collection We Live in Water. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for The Zero and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Citizen Vince. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.
Nance Van Winckel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Our Foreigner, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Series Prize and Book of No Ledge. She’s also published five books of fiction, including Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook, and Boneland: Linked Stories. She teaches in the MFA Program at EWU and Vermont College of Fine Arts. The recipient of two NEA poetry fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes, Nance lives with her husband Rik Nelson in Spokane, Washington.
Host Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA, where she serves as a Career Advisor for the College of Arts, Letters, and Education at EWU. She writes non-fiction and poetry, and her first collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.
We would like to thank Spokane is Reading for their donation towards this event.