Saturday, August 26: Spokane-based author Leyna Crow will read from her debut story collection, I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking. She will be joined by Tim Greenup, Ben Cartwright, and Ellen Welcker. 1pm.
In I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking, the strange collides with the mundane: close to home and far from it, in suburban neighborhoods and rural communities, with cycling apocalypses and backyard tigers. Each story stands alone, but they are connected through reoccurring imagery and a shared theme of protagonists in emotional peril. At its core, this collection is imbued with mystery, oddity, humor, and empathy, but what it really wants to show us is that we’re never really alone—most especially when we’re certain that we are.
Leyna Krow’s stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
Tim Greenup's poems have appeared in LEVELER, BOAAT, Midwestern Gothic, Redivider, and elsewhere, and his collection Without Warning was released last year. He lives in Spokane, Washington and teaches English and Humanities at Spokane Falls Community College.
Ben Cartwright's debut collection of poems After Our Departure was chosen by Nance Van Winckel for the Powder Horn Prize. His recent poems appear in West Branch, Prick of the Spindle, and The Pinch. His collaborative manuscript Additional Lyrics, created with poet Emily Gwinn, was a finalist for the 2017 White Stag manuscript prize. His collaborations with print maker Lindsey Merrell appear online in Duende. Ben lives in Spokane, WA, and teaches for Gonzaga University and the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Ellen Welcker’s second collection of poems, Ram Hands, is just out. Her first book, The Botanical Garden, was selected by Eleni Sikelianos for the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of a 2016 GAP grant from WA State Artist Trust, for her manuscript-in-progress, The Pink Tablet, and chapbook of these poems are forthcoming. She lives in Spokane, WA.