Willow Springs

Willow Springs Books Fundraiser

Willow Springs

Sam Ligon, Laura Read, Maya Zeller, Kate Lebo

Fri · June 9, 2017

6:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

$10 buys 1 book and 1st door prize ticket

Tickets at the Door

Willow Springs
Willow Springs
Willow Springs Books Fundraiser
Spokane, WA, 5/12/2017—Join Willow Springs Books 6:00-9:00 PM on June 9th for our all-ages annual fundraiser at the Bartlett. Alongside supporting a local small press, the fundraiser includes cocktail specials and the chance to win special prizes.
Additionally, local authors—including Laura Read, Maya Zeller, Sam Ligon, and Kate Lebo—will read selections from titles Willow Springs Books has published over the past year, alongside a sneak peek of our fall release, Ventriloquisms. Entry is ten dollars and includes a book and door prize tickets.
Come out and support Willow Springs Books as we celebrate the past year’s work and future projects.

About Willow Springs Books:
Willow Springs Books is a small, student-led literary press run out of Eastern Washington University’s MFA program of Creative Writing, with the guidance of faculty advisors Christopher Howell and Polly Buckingham. Willow Springs Books cares deeply about the literary community and building relationships with other small presses, as well as collaborating with local bookstores and regional universities.
Sam Ligon
Sam Ligon
Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. His stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, Post Road, Okey-Panky, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear in the Inlander. He’s the editor of Willow Springs and the artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.
Laura Read
Laura Read
Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (forthcoming from BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely. Recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust Grant, a Florida Review Prize for Poetry, and the Crab Creek Review Prize for Poetry, Laura teaches and presents regularly at literary festivals and conferences throughout the Northwest, such as GetLit!, Write on the Sound, Litfuse, and the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Laura teaches writing and literature at Spokane Falls Community College and serves as Poet Laureate of Spokane.
Maya Zeller
Maya Zeller
Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood, Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of the poetry collections Rust Fish (April 2011, Lost Horse Press) and Yesterday, the Bees (October 2015, Floating Bridge Press). Other manuscripts have been finalists with the National Poetry Series, University of Wisconsin, Prairie Schooner, Waywiser, and elsewhere, and poems, essays, and reviews appear in journals such as Bellingham Review, West Branch, Pleiades, New Ohio Review, High Desert Journal, Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus, Willow Springs, The Moth, and Rattle, as well as anthologies such as Forest Under Story, All We Can Hold, and New Poets of the American West. Maya serves as Fiction Editor for Crab Creek Review and Poetry Editor for Scablands Books; she also teaches poetry (writing) and poetics for Central Washington University.

Visit the “books and publications” page to read various online samples of Maya’s work.
Kate Lebo
Kate Lebo
Kate Lebo is the author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter (Sasquatch Books), and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essay about listening through hearing loss, “The Loudproof Room,” originally published in New England Review, was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015. Other poems and essays have appeared in Best New Poets, Gettysburg Review, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, AGNI, High Desert Journal, Moss, The Rumpus, The Bellingham Review, and Poetry Northwest, among other places. In fall 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze, an anthology co-edited with Sam Ligon and based on their popular Pie & Whiskey reading series. Also in fall 2017, Dancing Girl Press will release From a Tree, a chapbook of erasures from Wikipedia entries for fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program and Western Washington University, she’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship and a Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, grants from Artist Trust and 4Culture, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Soapstone, and Shotpouch Creek.

Kate was raised near Portland, Oregon, and lived in Seattle, Washington for many years. She now lives in Spokane, Washington, where she writes for the Spokesman-Review’s food section and serves as Vice President of the Board of Spark Central, a non-profit arts and resource center.
Venue Information:
The Bartlett
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201
http://thebartlettspokane.com/