TAG: poetry

Poetry slams bring communities together for competitive arts

Posted in News on March 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

BY DANA MANNINO Feeling blah? Consider attending a poetry competition—or three. The 2nd Annual Valley Slam takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30pm in the University High School Auditorium (12420 E 32nd Ave, Spokane Valley), where students from Central Valley, Mica Peak, and University High Schools compete for cash prizes provided by the Fri […]

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Happy birthday! A reading list of authors with July birthdays

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Nathaniel Youmans This one’s for all you with summer birthdays out there. Remember in grade school when the end of the year drew close and teachers, even more burnt out than their students, had to find some reason (summon the willpower) to celebrate students with summer birthdays? At my elementary school, this took the […]

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A summer evening with Pacific Northwest poets

Posted in News on July 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

You’re invited to enjoy poetry and gelato on the back lawn of the Moran Prairie Library. Listen to enlivening poetry of four Pacific Northwest poets: José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Nance Van Winckel. Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and get settled in for the poetic cadence of these celebrated poets. […]

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Poetry of resistance and environmental justice

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 3, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Nathaniel Youmans Since its inauguration in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month has become perhaps the single most-celebrated global literary phenomenon of the year, making April arguably the most literate month. Sorry November, your romantic dreariness and proclivity for wool socks and chai lattes are no match for the e […]

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Poetry in Spokane: Get Lit!, Tod Marshall, and Scablands Books

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 1, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Nathaniel Youmans Spokane has been a vibrating hive of activity during National Poetry Month. Eastern Washington University’s Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has had another smash hit year of literary programming for the 20th annual Get Lit! Festival, featuring readings, workshops, and panel discussions all across the Spokane […]

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Reading in between: Done with winter but not quite ready for spring

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 24, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz Winter has never been my favorite season. This one seemed to drag out endlessly—gray clouds heaped on the horizon like immobile lumps of oatmeal. The sun rarely filtered through. At last, with April’s arrival, the light is returning—the dormant season ending. Though I’ve longed for this, there is a chill reticence still […]

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Feel their truth: Teens compete in local poetry slams

Posted in News on March 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

Hear the power of original poetry. Get ready for two nights of knockout competition! You’re invited to hear and cheer on teens who are competing with on-stage recitations of their original poetry. Both poetry slams are free, and families are welcome.   3rd Annual Northern Slam Sponsored by the Friends of the Deer Park Library […]

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Spotlight on local writers: Community readings of Spokane Writes anthology

Posted in News on March 16, 2018 at 6:00 am

Get inspired by the prose and poetry of local authors sharing their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. From sweet poems about birthdays and holidays to reverent depictions of nature, family, and the places we all share as inhabitants of the Inland Northwest, you are sure to hear great stories and poems […]

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Billie Holiday and the books to read for awareness and insight

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz During my freshman year of high school, I was given the assignment to write a report on an important American. Although I had almost no exposure to her at that point—and I can’t remember what instigated the choice, except maybe the happy accident of hearing her on the radio—I selected the singer […]

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75th Anniversary & Anthology Release Party

Posted in News on October 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary with a community anthology featuring writers of all ages from Spokane County and surrounding areas. NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY Saturday, November 4, 6:30–8pm You’re invited to hear local writers read their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. Plus listen to live music from guitarist John […]

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