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Artist Trust again set to dole out free cash

Psssst! That nonprofit state group is giving out some free money to artists again.

Here’s the official explanation: “The Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Program recognizes practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated quality, acknowledging an artist’s creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline.”

Here’s the kicker: The program hands out awards of $6,500 each to 21 Washington artists working in four disciplines.

For 2008, those disciplines are Emerging Fields and Cross-Disciplinary Arts (including graphic novels and spoken word), Performing Arts, Tradition and Folk Arts, and Visual Arts.

In odd-numbered years, the disciplines are craft arts, literary arts, media arts and music arts.

The application deadline is June 20. Applications are available at www.artisttrust.org or by mailing a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 2008 Fellowship Application, Artist Trust, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.

Writer’s news

•The Spokane Writers Group, which holds its next meeting at noon Saturday at the Argonne Branch of Spokane County Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, would like to emphasize that it’s “open to writers truly serious about writing and getting published.”

Which means, stresses group member Steve Hughes, “This is an ongoing writers critique group that has been in existence for more than 30 years. Bring six to 10 pages of your manuscript to read and have critiqued.”

Call Hughes at (509) 891-1695.

•The Inland Northwest Writer’s Guild reports that one of its members has been published. Craig Rickett had his poem “Going to Mars” accepted by the New York-based literary journal The Broome Review.

•Spokane author Jim Nelson had his story “House Hunting,” from his book “The Way It Was and The Way It Is,” published in the current edition of the magazine Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

•Spokane comic-book creators Eric A. Anderson and Manny Trembley have been nominated for two 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for their comc “PX! Book One: A Girl and Her Panda.”

The comic was nominated for Best Publication for Teens and Best Digital Comic.

For more information, go online at www.comic-con.org/cci.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Book talk

•Auntie’s Bookstore Mid-year Book Group Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave.

Call (509) 838-0206.

The reader board

•Jim Hightower (“Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow”), tonight at 7, Panida Theater, Sandpoint ($15, proceeds benefit Sandpoint Community Radio); 7 p.m. Monday, Lewis and Clark High School Auditorium, 521 W. Fourth Ave. ($12 in advance through TicketsWest outlets, 509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com, or $15 at the door; proceeds benefit Thin Air Radio).

•Dorothy Dahlgren, Simone Kincaid (“Roads Traveled Through the Coeur d’Alenes: Historical Driving Tours of Benewah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties”), signing, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Auntie’s Bookstore.

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