“A student asked me, ‘I can’t tell if this story is optimistic or pessimistic.’ I responded, ‘It’s pessimistic, because it’s about living with loss. And it’s optimistic because it’s about living with loss. I can’t explain it any other way.'”
Author Sonora Jha on the tension between fiction and journalism. “I was able to use the skills I had as a journalist — deep questioning, listening, curiosity — and apply them in gathering pieces of the story.”
The National Book Award Winner wants to remind you that the way you write is just as important as what you write about.
“Short stories are where I’m naturally drawn,” says the author of Hola and Goodbye, “and novels are sort of something that happen to me.”
Bestselling author Jess Walter discusses “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment,” his podcast with Sherman Alexie on the pleasures and perils of putting words on a page.
The honor of Washington State Poet Laureate comes with a given: miles and miles travelled. Whether by car, on foot, on a ferry, or by small plane, Elizabeth Austen knows it is all part of the journey, and relishes each experience.
Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen is building a poetry legacy, one mile at a time.
In this installment of 40 Years of Washington Stories, we look at Powerful Writers. Elementary school students found self-expression and confidence through writing with this Humanities Washington grant-funded program.
Join the Spokane County Library and Spokane Storytelling League for stories of the Great Depression. Plus: An upcoming Think & Drink, Speakers Bureau presentations, grant-funded events and more.
Join the Spokane County Library and Spokane Storytelling League for stories about the difficult, distinct circumstances of the Great Depression. Plus: events with the Washington State Poet Laureate and Speakers Bureau presentations all around the state.