An Evening with US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, Laura Read & Gabrielle Bates

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An Evening with US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, Laura Read & Gabrielle Bates

Join us for our 25th anniversary headlining event featuring US Poet Laureate Ada Limón!

By EWU's Get Lit! Programs

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Date and time

Saturday, April 22 · 7 - 8:30pm PDT


Bing Crosby Theater 901 West Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

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About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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We are overjoyed to be celebrating our 25th anniversary with an evening of poetry featuring the current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón! Ada has said that her job as Poet Laureate is to “elevate, celebrate, and speak to poetry’s role—the power of this art form and what it has the potential to do.” At this special headlining event, Ada will be joined by Laura Read and Gabrielle Bates. Beloved Spokane poet Laura Read is the author of four award-winning collections, most recently But She Is Also Jane winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Laura is a former Spokane Poet Laureate who teaches at both SFCC and EWU. Gabrielle Bates, whose debut poetry collection Judas Goat was just published with Tin House, has been playing a major role in the poetry scene in Seattle through her work with Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, Open Books, Seattle's Writers in the Schools, and her podcast The Poet Salon. All three poets will be reading from their latest collections, and following the readings Gabrielle will lead a conversation on poetry and its power to connect us all. It is incredibly special for us to present these three writers on stage together to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we hope you’ll join us!

About the organizer

Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit literary arts organization housed within Eastern Washington University. Our program is responsible for Get Lit! Festival, the region’s only annual week-long literary festival. Get Lit! has grown over the last twenty years from a single day of back-to-back readings to a four day celebration of literature that brings a diverse line up of highly sought-after authors to our region, while also highlighting our talented local literary community. The festival offers free and low cost readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and much more. Get Lit! Programs also runs Writers in Residence, a program 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. It is our mission, both in our festival programming and our educational outreach, to advance the arts, celebrate diversity, and empower creativity.