Words

Words of all types: writing, spoken word, storytelling and more! All genres welcome. Seek out a book club or writing group, mark your calendar for visiting authors, or find ways to tell your story live onstage. If you are specifically interested in poetry, check out our Poet Laureate page, too! 

News
Spokane Arts grants Operational Support Grants to local cultural organizations

Spokane Arts was able to fund five cultural organizations with a dispensation from the City of Spokane earmarked for the support of cultural groups. This set of grants was awarded by a separate selection panel, composed of Spokane Arts Commissioners, who made their choices independently from the SAGA process. These five organizations have received grants to support their general operations and events in 2021-22.

Artist
Shaun Springer

Who is this Shaun guy, and why is he so awesome? Director, writer, ninja, editor, part-time lover, part-time fighter, and Astronaut Enthusiast.Shaun Springer is a pretty cool guy that you should know. His work includes Directing films, commercials, documentaries and music videos. He was also worked professionally as a screenwriter, and script doctor. His feature film, “The Garageland Chronicles” was shot entirely in Spokane and has played at film festivals all over the US, as well as throughout the UK & Europe. He is the author of the children’s book “Nobody Cares About Jimmy,” and his favorite Batman is Kevin Conroy. As for being so awesome… You’ll just have to find out for yourself.

Artist
Tiana Hennings

Hello! My name is Tiana and I’m a slam poet in Spokane, where I’ve been involved with the Spokane Poetry Slam organization as a competitor and organizer. I’m also a podcaster and co-host for the podcast Next Door Villain. The Next Door Villain podcast aims to discuss well-known fictional villains in an effort to improve our empathy skills that we can use in our day-to-day lives. We also feature and seek out literary art from the perspective of fictional villains; we showcase the literary art on our website, podcast episodes, and social media. You can listen to our podcast on our website https://www.nextdoorvillain.com/episodes and learn more about submitting your work at https://www.nextdoorvillain.com/submit. You can also listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. You can also find us on Instagram at @nextdoorvillain or https://www.instagram.com/nextdoorvillain/.

Artist
Juan A Mas

Juan A Mas is a Producer and Director in Film Television and Theater. In the last twenty-five years, he has produced in theater and film in Spokane, Los Angeles, and internationally in several Eastern European countries. Locally he has directed and helped produce theater for Spokane stages while also being a director for SYFY Channel television show Z Nation that was shot here in Spokane. He also is an active art community organizer at the city level and the state level. He regularly is a guest speaker at local schools and colleges as he shares his experiences of working in the performing arts. Juan is a co-founder of the 50 Hour Slam Film Festival, Spokane Film Project, and Spokane Theater Arts Council. He is an organizer for One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival and the Music Video Jams. He has served on Washington Filmworks’ board and was a Spokane Arts Commissioner. Presently he is on the advisory board for District 81 and Mead CTE programs, Spokane Falls Photography and Video Department and on the board of WHiPSmart, a new statewide chamber of commerce focusing on the creative economy. What he enjoys is being part of programs that allow people from different disciplines to collaborate and create together. Programs that focus on new emerging artists and helping the artistic voice of the Spokane region to be a better representation of our diverse community.