Get Lit! Programs celebrated an impressive milestone this April: this year’s festival marked the program’s 20th anniversary, and it was a week to remember! The festival kicked off with a ’90s-themed reading and the release of a 20th-anniversary anthology. The anthology featured work from many of the fantastic writers who have taken part in the festival during the past two decades, including such legends as Tess Gallagher and Robert Bly. Readers at the kickoff event included Hanif Abdurraqib, Chelsea Martin, Jess Walter and many others.
The festival featured 5o events this year, the most in Get Lit!’s rich history, including a sold-out evening with New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott. The festival also featured craft classes with highly sought after writers like Maggie Smith and Brit Bennett, outdoor readings, children’s activities, poetry slams, Pie & Whiskey, and even literary-themed happy hours.
Get Lit! is housed within EWU, but it is a nonprofit program that relies on community and university sponsorships, grants, ticket and merchandise sales, donations and other fundraising efforts. Visit our website for more information on becoming a sponsor for next year’s festival, or to find out how to be part of next year’s lineup.