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News & Notes

Upcoming Pair of Think & Drinks to Look at Race and Class in Schools

Think & Drink

On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education to spark conversation in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood May 21 and Columbia City neighborhood May 28. [Read]


Responding to the Oso Mudslide Through Poetry and the Arts


The site Art with a Heart presents artistic expressions of support and sympathy for the victims of the Oso Mudslide tragedy for National Poetry Month. [Read]

From the Executive Director

Spring into Action!

Julie Ziegler

Executive Director Julie Ziegler invites you to speak out, step up, and show your support for the humanities. [Read]

This Week & Next

April 21 to May 3: Telling Stories of the Great Depression in Spokane


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. [Read]

News & Notes

Spokane Think & Drink Will Look at Race and Class in Schools

Think & Drink

On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education will spark conversation an Lindaman’s May 12. [Read]

In the Field

Celebrating Poetry Throughout Clark County This Spring

Christopher Luna mug

This April and May, poets and poetry lovers in Clark County celebrate the medium with “Enriching our Lives with Words,” supported by a Humanities Washington Spark Grant. [Read]

This Week & Next

April 14-26: The History and Impact of Hanford Nuclear Site

Kathleen Flenniken

Join engineer-turned-poet Kathleen Flenniken as she shares her personal history growing up in Richland and working at Hanford Thursday (April 17) in Kennewick. Also coming up: Speakers Bureau presentations, Traveling Exhibits programming and Washington State Poet Laureate events all around the state. [Read]

This Week & Next

Top Ten Women Leaders From the Last 40 Years

Gloria Burgess

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’re posting Top Ten lists from the last 40 years. In this list, Speakers Bureau presenter and educator Gloria Burgess shares her top ten women leaders, from Isabel Allende to Alice Walker. [Read]

5 Questions

From Initial Prints to Digital Impact: The History of Comic Books


Speakers Bureau’s Andrew Wahl talks with Spark about the history and art of comic books, and reading between the panels. [Read]

This Week & Next

April 7-19: Timothy Egan Talks The Worst Hard Time in Spokane

Timothy Egan

Join The Spokane County Library and Whitworth University for a talk by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan on the Great Depression. Also upcoming: Speakers Bureau presentations and readings with the state poet laureate all around the state. [Read]