Upcoming SAL Events

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Local Voices

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:30 pm

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers.

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HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Just in time for Earth Day, we’ll ​be celebrating eco-poetics as a mode of creative resistance​. This reading and discussion will launch the​ Copper Canyon Press​ anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet, edited by Elizabeth J. Coleman. Featuring poets who write with urgency and hope about the natural world, the event is supported by three organizations that create a better and more just landscape for poets and poetry: Cave Canem, Cant​oMundo, and Kundiman.

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Anthony Ray Hinton

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:30 pm

Hinge

Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, where he serves as EJI’s Community Educator. Please note: the venue has changed to Seattle First Baptist Church.

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Kara Swisher

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Journalism

She’s been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine) and the “grumpy lady of tech” (by herself). Kara Swisher, known for hard-hitting interviews with the most influential people in tech, is the executive editor of Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast.

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SOLD OUT: A Conversation with Melinda Gates

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda reveals the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies.

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Tayari Jones

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Tayari Jones is an award-winning author whose runaway bestseller, An American Marriage, features a newlywed couple and their reckoning with the horrors of mass incarceration, navigating ethically-charged questions about faithfulness and sacrifice.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

Youth Programs

Youth Poet Laureate

Attention all young poets, rappers, leaders, and activists ages 14-19 in Seattle and the Puget Sound region! Are you interested in representing the city as the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and getting your first book published? Submissions for the title of 2019 Youth Poet Laureate are now open through May 1, 2019. Download the application here.

Journalism

Kara Swisher

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

Interested in the role of social media in our current political landscape, or in more accountability in the tech industry? Kara Swisher has been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine) and the “grumpy lady of tech” (by herself). Swisher, known for hard-hitting interviews with tech’s most influential people, is the editor at large of Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast.

Podcast

Jane Hirshfield

On the latest episode of SAL’s podcast, we hear from poet Jane Hirshfield, who joined us in March 2009 at Benaroya Hall for a reading spanning across her career, and for a discussion on the importance of inviting the intimacies of poetry and finding ways to say “yes” to the difficult.