Upcoming SAL Events

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Ilya Kaminsky

Monday, April 1, 2019 7:30 pm


Ilya Kaminsky is a hard of hearing Russian-Jewish-American poet, critic, translator, and professor, whose latest collection, Deaf Republic (2019), is just out from Graywolf Press.

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Words Matter 2019 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Thursday, April 4, 2019 6:00 pm


Words Matter is SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, raising more than $300,000 to inspire people of all generations and backgrounds in our community with the change-making power of words.

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Tara Westover

Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Tickets are sold out, but we will be selling standby tickets, space provided, the night of the event. We will begin handing out standby numbers at the Benaroya Box Office beginning at 6pm. $40 general admission; $10 for Students/25 & Under (ID required), cash preferred.

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A Celebration of National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:00 pm

Free Events

SAL is delighted to partner with Warby Parker to present a free poetry reading at Warby Parker Capitol Hill. This celebration features 2016/17 Youth Poet Laureate, Maven Gardner; members of the 2018/19 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort, Maia Ruth Pody, Alex Newsom, and Kiyoshi Sakauye; Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna; and Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé.

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Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States. Her book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions was described by the Texas Observer as “the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era,” and her latest novel, Lost Children Archives, about a family whose road trip collides with an immigration crisis, will be released February 2019.

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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.

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

Literary Arts

Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

Valeria Luiselli’s new novel, Lost Children Archive, has been heralded by the New York Times as a “mold-breaking new classic” about a family whose road trip collides with an immigration crisis. A Mexican writer living in New York, Luiselli is a rising star you should know.


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.


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.