How To Attend:
This year we have multiple ticket options, and many free in-person and virtual events as well.
Other ticketed events throughout the week include:
Four craft classes on Friday morning at The Catalyst.
An Evening of Queer Poetry featuring Chen Chen on Friday, April 22nd
An Evening with Brandon Hobson and Lesley Nneka Arimah on Saturday, April 23rd
Many other events, including all events on Thursday, April 21st, will be free. See our full schedule for details and ticket links coming soon.
We are excited to be collaborating with many local bars and restaurants for the return of the Inspired Partnerships program. Stay tuned for details about where you can go to order a drink inspired by one of our festival authors!
More about Get Lit!: The Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. Then The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it “the little literary festival that could,” and they were right. By 2004, the festival had become a community tradition that thousands of people from Spokane and the surrounding region enjoy every year. More recently, The Spokesman-Review referred to the festival as the literary equivalent to Spokane’s nationally recognized sporting events, Hoopfest and Bloomsday.
Our festival typically offers:
- readings, lectures, and on-stage-conversations
- craft classes
- writing workshops
- panel discussions
- poetry slams and open mics
- writing contests
- book signings
- visits by festival authors to local K-12 schools and colleges
- Pie & Whiskey!
Our definition of storytelling also allows us to include:
- graphic novels, playwriting, screenwriting, songwriting, gaming, and spoken-word poetry
- events combined with radio, music, film, and theater performances
- community readings and storytelling events by writers of all ages
Housed within Eastern Washington University’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Get Lit! Festival loves to bring in authors who can start important conversations within our community and our colleges and universities. We often partner with local institutions such as Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, North Idaho College, and Whitworth University; as well as community organizations and businesses.
Past festivals have featured authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Richard Russo, Salman Rushdie, Rita Dove, and Sarah Vowell. We also spotlight regional talent from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana such as Sherman Alexie, Dorianne Laux, Tim Egan, Sallie Tisdale, and Jess Walter. Over the past decade, the Get Lit! Festival has been praised consistently as “one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to” by authors and audiences alike.
It is our festival's mission to celebrate the arts, amplify diverse voices, and empower creativity. Visit us on YouTube to watch our mission come to life!