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! 

Artist
JM Adamshaspert

Jonathan Adamshaspert is a Spokane based photographer and award winning Pacific Northwest Platinum & Palladium Printmaker. He is the Printmaker in Residence at Ohr Sofer Studio, LLC and an Instructor/Curriculum Advisor of Photographic Practice at Light Benders Institute of Photography. Classically trained in professional photography- he has dedicated his career solely to the making and preservation of platinum and palladium photographic prints in order to ensure the continuation of the traditional printmaking into the 21st Century. His primary area of concentration deals with the printing of large-scale history based community works projects.s

Artist
Alexander Antonio Manzoni

Alexander A. Manzoni has been writing poetry and prose for over twenty years. In September 2014, he moved to Spokane, Washington, from Newfield, New Jersey. Out of quarantine, he can be found featuring at arts events in the Spokane-C.D.A. area. Publishing credits include: verse-virtual.com, everwritersresource.com, FIVE Poetry Magazine, In-Parentheses, PicturesofPoets.com, Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology, and Washington’s Best Emerging Poets 2019 Anthology. In quarantine, he is the host of the weekly “Manzoni in the Morning” spoken word podcast and posts daily writing and character-related Tiktoks on his growing page. He livestreams his podcast recording on Mondays at 8 A.M. Pacific Time.

Artist
Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a multidisciplinary visual artist residing in Spokane. His main passion lies in painting, but can never do one thing for too long without experimenting and moving into a new direction. Be it subject matter, medium, scale, style, or any combination of these elements, he aims to experience the thrill of the new. He believes the real fruit of creating art is in the basis of invention (combining old elements in new ways to make something unique). He is currently creating large-scale indoor installation works and murals throughout the NW.

Artist
Karen Mobley

Nature is my inspiration, the source of almost all of my works. The root of my curiosity with nature comes from a childhood growing up on an elk refuge in Wyoming and many years of hiking, walking the ditch, reflecting on the birds, animals, plants, sky, and streams. I work as visual artist, poet and arts consultant to community organizations. I am active in Rotary 21 and serve as the co-chair of the International Service Committee and work to raise money to provide grants for potable water in rural areas of Africa and South America. I was named one of the Spokesman-Review’s Difference Makers in Spokane for 2018. I was honored as a Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame inductee for Arts and Letters and with a Whitworth University Distinguished Community Service Award. I have exhibited widely including at the Terrain Gallery (2019), City of Spokane Downtown Library (2019) and the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center (2020).