A Tour of Spokane's Remarkable Literary Landmarks


I'm not sure. Is the Stranger, after all these articles, working for the Spokane Chamber of Commerce?
P.S. or is trying to make a Eastern Washington Blue?
Each spring Floating Bridge Press’s editors are busy reading manuscripts submitted to our statewide poetry chapbook competition. Judging is blind, meaning that the writers’ names are hidden from the editors, and we're never surprised that the words we're excited to honor and share as books have come to us from another great poet in Spokane. "Grist," by Kate Peterson, was our 2016 winner. In 2015, we published Brian Cooney’s "My Idea of Fun" and Maya Jewell Zeller’s "Yesterday, the Bees" as our finalists. (Brian and Maya are professors at Gonzaga, and neither knew the other had sent us a manuscript.) John Whalen’s "Above the Pear Trees" was our 2014 winner, and Laura Read’s "The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You" won in 2010. And then there are all the Spokane writers we’ve published in Pontoon, our annual journal that features poems from the manuscripts we receive each year but can't publish. You can learn about these books, and support an independent non-profit by ordering them, at www.floatingbridgepress.org. Pontoon is rich and free at https://pontoonpoetry.com/.

Will we publish more books by Spokane writers this year? We'll know, and we’ll let you know, in June. Now back to reading—we’re choosing semifinalists this week and the stack is large!

Thank you, poets everywhere in Washington, for sending us your work.
When I was a baby gay in the late 90s (and living in Spokane again), Aunties had a large section for LGBT works - so large that they had broken it out into categories. To my knowledge, no other bookstore in Spokane had anything remotely like it at the time. It was invaluable to me.
Also, I proposed to my husband at the Spokane Falls.

There's a big difference between the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley and the differences have only become more apparent as each forges their own identity. City of Spokane is more oriented with Western WA. Spokane Valley with Idaho. And when you drive through each, you can tell. Spokane Valley is a wasteland in comparison.
Spokane has always been more interesting than it gets credit for. As creative people are priced out of Seattle, places like Spokane, Tacoma, Everett, Olympia, Pullman, Walla Walla, etc will produce more and more of our state's creative output.
Floating Bridge Press has announced the winners, finalists, and semifinalists in their 2017 chapbook competition, and once again Spokane is well-represented. Benjamin Cartwright's "The Meanest Things Pick Clean" is a finalist (the book will be published this fall), and Lauren Gilmore's "Common Teenage Mythology" and Ben Read's "Count Each Body Twice" are semifinalists. Congratulations, everybody!