A poet and an award-winning novelist will be at Washington State University Tri-Cities on April 16 in Lit Fest’s first foray onto the university campus.
Gwen James, who previously taught at Columbia Basin College, and author Pete Fromm will speak about their works at 7 p.m. in the East Building auditorium. The event is free.
The annual literary festival is sponsored by CBC and several other partners, including the Richland Public Library and Battelle Foundation. It has brought in several notable authors over the years, including Sherman Alexie, Augusten Burroughs and, most recently, young adult fiction writer Stephanie Bodeen.
Fromm’s books include If Not For This, How All This Got Started and Indian Creek Chronicles. He is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award. He is a faculty member of Pacific University in Oregon and lives in Montana.
James teaches at Spokane Community College. Her poems, which focus on what she says are ordinary people, the things that make her love and hate them, and the things she doesn’t understand, have been published in several magazines and anthologies, including New Poets, Short Books.
More events are on tap later this spring and summer at the Richland Public Library.
Poet Tod Marshall of Gonzaga University will read from his work on April 29. Three other Lit Fest events are scheduled for May and June.