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Visiting Writers Series Begins

Published: October 06, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University's Get Lit! Programs, in collaboration with EWU's MFA in creative writing, is pleased to announce the release of its 2016-2017 Visiting Writers Series schedule.

The Series brings renowned authors of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to Spokane to read from their work and interact with their readers. All events are FREE and open to the public.

The Visiting Writers Series begins Oct. 14 with essayist Kristin Dombek, whose work has appeared in n+1, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books.

Heather McHugh will be here the last weekend of October. She's the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for her poetry in 2009. She has won numerous awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, the Griffin Prize (Canada), one of the first United States Artists Awards, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Witter Bynner fellowship.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, who joins us Feb. 24, 2017, is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.

Other biographical information on our visiting writers can be found on our website. Below is the complete schedule for the 2016-2017 Visiting Writers Series:

  • Oct. 14, 2016 - Kristin Dombek
  • Oct. 29, 2016 - Heather McHugh
  • Nov. 11, 2016 - Joe Wilkins
  • Feb. 24, 2017 - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
  • March 17, 2017 - Liz Kay
  • Get Lit! April 2017 - John Rybicki

All events, with the exception of John Rybicki, will begin at 7:30 p.m.,  at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane.

Find information about festival authors and events on the Get Lit! Programs website at You may also check out the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Get Lit! Programs director Melissa Huggins can be reached for media inquiries at 509.828.1435 or


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