Local literature lovers, rejoice!
The Get Lit! Programs based at Eastern Washington University and host of our favorite annual word-fest is getting some cool recognition from the highest levels of Washington government.
Word came to my inbox today from Kate Peterson, executive director for Get Lit! Programs, that the organization is one of this year's recipients of the Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards being presented in November in Bremerton.
Get Lit! won the award for arts organization, and this is what Arts Washington had to say about the selection:
The Get Lit! Festival, produced by Get Lit! Programs, is the Spokane region's only weeklong literary festival. Now in its 20th year, the festival has grown from a single day event of back-to-back readings to its current seven-day celebration of literature. The festival brings in thousands of attendees from Spokane and the surrounding region for a diverse range of inspirational and educational readings, writing workshops, craft classes, book launches, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and much more. In addition to the festival, Get Lit! Programs has facilitated programs like Writers in Residence, a program that places published authors in local schools to teach 10-week creative writing courses to students who do not normally have access to a creative writing curriculum. Over its two decades of existence, Get Lit! Programs' Get Lit! Festival has become an exciting and beloved part of the Spokane community, creating a place where all attendees, writers and readers alike, celebrate the power of the written word.The dates for Get Lit! 2019 are April 22-28.