Nominations for the 2020 Arts Awards are open now! Recognize the amazing accomplishments of creatives, arts and cultural organizations, and local individuals committed to enriching our community through the arts by submitting your nominations for each of the four awards categories: Leadership, Collaboration, Imagination and Inclusion. Submit your nominations here and save the date the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards on Saturday, September 26!

Lilac City LitCrawls

Lit Crawls are a program of the Spokane Poet Laureate & Spokane Arts! Concentrating on one neighborhood area at a time, we travel from venue-to-venue at these events listening to readings from local writers (just like a pub crawl, but with poetry and prose!) Free to attend (but plan on purchasing drinks or food at our generous host stops!), these fun events are a great way to hear new work from our amazing local literary community in an entertaining and relaxed setting.

OCTOBER 13, 2019 // BROWNE’S ADDITION

Locations and details TBA

AUGUST 11, 2019 // EAST CENTRAL NEIGHBORHOOD

This summer pub crawl featured readings at several stops along E Sprague!

Locations:
  • Checkerboard Bar (1716 E Sprague Ave., 21+)
  • La Resistance art gallery (1816 E Sprague Ave., all-ages)
  • Union Tavern (1914 E Sprague Ave., all-ages)
Readers:
  • Charlie Milo
  • Kailee Hoang
  • Twahan Simultaneous
  • Sheri Boggs
  • Tim Greenup
  • Leyna Krow
  • Kate Peterson

JUNE 2019 // EMERSON-GARFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD

This Lit Crawl explored spots in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood as we listened to poetry & prose at bars, shops, and stops along North Monroe Street!

Locations:
  • The Hub Tavern (2926 N Monroe)
  • Corbin Park
  • Hi Neighbor Tavern (2201 N Monroe)
  • Bellwether Brewing (2019 N Monroe).
Readers:
  • Jess Walter, author of eight books, including the 2013 #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins
  • Alexis Smith (Glaciers and Marrow Island)
  • Ben Cartwright
  • Aileen Keown Vaux
  • Aimee Cervenka
  • Dena Ogden
  • Zach Alexander
  • Nick Keaty (Spokane Poetry Slam)
  • Carlea Baughn (Spokane Poetry Slam)

APRIL 2019 // RIVERSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD

Spokane Arts and Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson hosted our first Lilac City Lit Crawl of the year on April 14, 2019.

Locations:
  • Glorious Artisan Bakery
  • Steady Flow Growler House
  • Iron Goat Brewery
  • The Steel Barrel Taproom
Readers:
  • Davy Nguyen
  • Scott Eubanks
  • Inga Laurent
  • Mary Christensen
  • Michael Bethely
  • Mika Maloney
  • Shantell Jackson
  • Bethany Montgomery
  • AJ the Wordsmith (Power 2 the Poetry)

June 2019 LitCrawl