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


A future in which imaginative acts such as reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society.


Seattle Arts & Lectures was founded in 1987 and launched its first season in 1988 with John Updike, Calvin Trillin, Donald Barthelme, Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris, Isabel Allende, and Rosamond Bernier.

In 1994, SAL brought the nationally-recognized Writers in the Schools to Seattle—an educational program that places local professional writers in public school classrooms to develop skills and spark student interest in reading and writing. The Poetry Series, featuring such notables as Philip Levine and Anne Carson, debuted in 2000, as did Wednesday University/SAL U, an adult continuing education program co-presented by the University of Washington Alumni Association and taught by distinguished UW professors. Hinge, inaugurated in the 2014/15 season, presents new books by and for the next generation at accessible ticket prices. In the 2015/16 season, SAL introduced Women You Need to Know (WYNK), a three-part series designed to showcase cutting-edge, thought-provoking women. It opened with the graphic novelist and Tony Award winner, Alison Bechdel. Summer Book Bingo, also launched in 2015, is a partnership with the Seattle Public Library to present a free summer reading program for adults (Kids Book Bingo, a program of SAL alone, was launched in 2017). From 2016/17 to 2017/18, SAL presented Sherman Alexie Loves, a two-year series that was curated by Seattle author, Sherman Alexie. In the 2018/19 season, SAL is debuting a three-part Journalism Series in partnership with National Book Award-winning writer and correspondent Timothy Egan and renowned journalist Sam Howe Verhovek.

As Seattle has grown in size and sophistication, SAL has kept pace and helped engage, inspire, and connect our growing community.  In 2016/17 alone, over 25,000 SAL attendees had accessible, meaningful experiences with the foremost writers and thinkers of our time through SAL programming. Our Writers in the Schools program matches accomplished creative writers with local K-12 public schools and hospitals for year-long writing residencies. In 2016/17, over 7,800 students worked with a WITS Writer-in-Residence or attended a Spotlight Author Visit to discover their authentic voices, build community, and develop writing skills that will support them throughout their lives.


Amanda Carrubba

Finance & Operations Director

Alexandra Chase

Donor Relations Associate

Nichole Coates

WITS Program Associate

Alicia Craven

WITS Program Director

Ruth Dickey

Executive Director

Christina Gould

Patron Services Manager

Rebecca Hoogs

Associate Director

Leanne Skooglund

Development Director

Alison Stagner

Events Associate & Content Editor


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Prowda Award

The Prowda Literary Champion Award is named for Sherry Prowda, SAL’s founder and first Executive Director. It was created to honor Prowda’s vision of a future in which imaginative acts such as reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society, and her leadership as a champion of the literary arts.

Each year, the award, selected by a group of literary visionaries, celebrates the individuals and organizations that make Seattle an outstanding place for writers and readers.


Marketing Coordinator


SAL seeks a Marketing Coordinator to increase the visibility and impact of the organization, our mission, and programs. The ideal candidate for this position has a love of the mission, an eye for detail and design, a passion for data and databases, a flair for writing and storytelling, a talent for relationship building with a diverse span of people, and a commitment to racial equity and social justice. The Marketing Coordinator will join a small but passionate team of book lovers to support and implement marketing, advertising, communications, and engagement efforts for all of our programs but with a focus on our Public Programs, which includes the Literary Arts Series, Journalism Series, Poetry Series, Women You Need to Know Series, SAL Presents, Hinge, and Summer Book Bingo.

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Marketing & Communications Internship


SAL interns acquire hands-on experience and training in many aspects of marketing and communications, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary arts. Marketing & Communications interns assist SAL’s Associate Director and SAL’s Events Associate & Content Editor with content production, sales efforts, and implementing the year’s programs.


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WITS Program Assistant


WITS seeks a part-time program assistant, eligible for Washington State Work Study (10 hours a week, from October 2018 through June 2019), to be part of the team implementing this arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region!

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Writers in the Schools Internship


We are looking for an intern to be part of the team implementing this arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region! Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program that places professional local writers in 27 public schools and in five school districts, as well as Seattle Children’s. The mission of WITS is to inspire student and teacher excellence in literacy and the literary arts, and to establish the foundation for a life-long commitment to reading, writing, and creative expression.

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Press + Media

SAL Announces 2018/19 Season Featuring Alice Walker, Barbara Kingsolver, Van Jones, & More!

August 2, 2018

Seattle, WA— MAY 8, 2018: Yesterday evening, Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) announced the headliners of the 2018/19 Season at the closing event for this year’s Literary Arts Series with author Viet Thanh Nguyen. The upcoming season will be the first in SAL’s history to feature a Literary Arts Series made up of entirely female writers. Subscriptions for the 2018/19 Literary Arts Series and SAL’s new journalism series (title TBD) are on sale now. Women You Need to Know (WYNK) subscriptions will go on sale May 15. Poetry Series subscriptions will go on sale May 21. Create-Your-Own subscriptions will go on sale June 18, and single tickets will go on sale July 16.

Madeleine Albright to Join Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017/18 Season

February 16, 2018

Seattle Arts & Lectures announces the addition of Madeleine Albright to its 2017/18 Season line-up. Albright will discuss her new book, Fascism: A Warning, in conversation with Mark Suzman of the Gates Foundation on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm at The Paramount Theatre. All ticket packages include a copy of her new books. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, February, 16 at 10:00am at

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