The international event returns to the Inland Northwest with 96 of the world’s top poets competing for the championship title. In addition to competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics, special nighttime events, and parties. All events are open to the public, and many are free of charge. Oct. 11-14; times and venues vary, including Neato Burrito, Auntie’s Bookstore, Boots Bakery and Lounge, The Bartlett, The Rocket Bakery at Holly Mason, Spokane Public Library, Tom Foley Federal Building, Merlyn’s Science Fiction, and The Bing Crosby Theater.
Price: $20-$60 (some events free).