Upcoming SAL Events

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Local Voices

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:30 pm

Free Events

Eavesdrop into the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers as these local acclaimed novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers come together and read from their own works-in-progress.

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Ijeoma Oluo

Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

This event is sold out. We will sell standby the night of the event. Tickets are $40, cash preferred.

Join us for the Seattle launch of Ijeoma Oluo’s second book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Named one of the most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America.

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An Evening with Terese Mailhot & Tommy Orange

Friday, February 2, 2018 7:30 pm

Sherman Alexie Loves

Join us for an evening featuring emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, in conversation with Jess Walter.

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Gregory Orr

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:30 pm


Considered by many to be the master of the short, personal lyric, Gregory Orr is the author of ten collections of poetry, and several volumes of prose, including Poetry as Survival. Widely anthologized, his poetry has been translated into at least 10 languages.

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Colson Whitehead

Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Literary Arts


We last heard from Colson Whitehead in our 2008/09 Season, four books into his career. Five books later, he’s collected a National Book Award and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his latest, The Underground Railroad.

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Tyehimba Jess

Sunday, March 4, 2018 7:30 pm


Tyehimba Jess is the author of two powerful, musically-inspired books of poetry: leadbelly, about the musician of the same name, and last year’s Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

Seattle Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.


Gregory Orr

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, is a master of brevity and the personal lyric. Critic Hank Lazer observes: “From Burning the Empty Nests to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.”

Literary Arts

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30 pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016, for what the Pulitzer Prize Citation observed as “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

Youth Programs

WITS Year-End Reading & Celebration: Elementary & Middle Schools

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Student writers from 27 schools throughout the Puget Sound region and Seattle Children’s Hospital will share original poems, short stories, and memoirs created during their residencies with the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.