Founded in 1998, Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit literary arts organization housed within Eastern Washington University's College of Arts, Letters, and Education. Get Lit! Programs is responsible for the Get Lit! Festival, the region's only annual literary festival, which has grown from a single day of back-to-back readings to a celebration of literature that features over forty events and sixty authors and brings in thousands of attendees from Spokane and the surrounding region. The festival presents a diverse line up of highly sought-after authors while also highlighting our talented local literary community. With help from generous community partners and sponsors, the festival offers free and low cost readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and much more. Get Lit! also runs Writers in Residence, a program (funded by grant dollars) that places published authors in local schools to teach 10-week creative writing courses to students who may not normally have access to a creative writing curriculum. In 2018, Get Lit! Programs celebrated its 20th anniversary, an exciting accomplishment that shows us how beloved Get Lit! is in our community. It continues to be our mission, both in our festival programming and our educational outreach, to advance the arts, celebrate diversity, and empower creativity.
Part of our goal each year is to partner with local businesses and artists. Here's some of the artists we've been fortunate enough to work with over the past few years.
Sam Buzby, EWU
Ginny Baxter, EWU