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2022 Get Lit! Festival

April 21 - April 24

The Get Lit! Festival is Washington State’s longest-running annual literary festival, which has grown over the last 24 years from a single day of readings to a week-long celebration of literature. In 2022, we will be moving to a four day festival, Thursday through Sunday, which will include full days of readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and more — all free or at low-cost. Each year brings a diverse lineup of highly sought-after authors to our region, while also highlighting our local literary talent. In addition to the festival, Get Lit! also runs literary programs contingent on grant funding, like Writers in Residence, which 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 celebrate the arts, amplify diverse voices, and empower creativity.

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, blogging, 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, Letters, and Education, 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 UniversitySpokane Community CollegeSpokane Falls Community CollegeNorth 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!


April 21
April 24


Get Lit! Programs


Downtown Spokane, Spokane, WA
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