SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

2019 Summer Book Bingo is Here!

Everyone’s favorite free summer reading challenge is back for both adults and kids! Download your Adult Board here or your Kid Board here. Keep track of your summer reads from now until September 3, 2019 by writing the title and author in the matching square, and submit your board by mail, in person, or through […]

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WITS Voices: When A Child Dies

By Ann Teplick, WITS Writer-in-Residence For the past eight years, I have been a teaching artist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I have witnessed love, empathy, laughter, celebrations and grief on a profound scale. I have contemplated the complexities of loss and have asked myself how can one possibly continue when a child dies? Each year, […]

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Anthony Ray Hinton’s Thirty Years on Death Row

“I would love to say that the state of Alabama made an honest mistake,” Anthony Ray Hinton began, addressing a packed house at Seattle First Baptist Church on April 30. “I wish I could look you in the eye and tell you that class and race had nothing to do with me spending thirty years […]

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Introductions: Anthony Ray Hinton

By Christina Gould, SAL Patron Services Manager A year ago, almost to the day, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the Equal Justice Initiative’s unveiling of the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It was there on a panel discussion, Reforming Criminal Justice in America, that […]

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“Shadow of the Mississippi,” by Da’Sund Fiir Heller

      Shadow of the Mississippi I fear the loss of such… reading For May falls into the hands of the river Against pressures of stream… then keeps flowing into thighs of the Mississippi… still Flowing Pushed and moved thru currents… ongoing A reading of true intention, to reach bank A slope of increase […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Kara Swisher and the Activist Podcast

On Tuesday, May 7, Seattle Arts & Lectures will be welcoming our final 2018/19 Journalism Series speaker, tech icon Kara Swisher, to Benaroya Hall. Tickets are still available—get them here! Known both for hard-hitting interviews with the most influential people in Silicon Valley and for her advocacy for progressive tech policies, Swisher is the executive […]

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Simply Where We Live

This essay is part of a series in which Poetry Northwest partners with Seattle Arts & Lectures to present reflections on visiting writers from our 2018/19  Poetry Series.  Francisco Aragón and Kimiko Hahn will read to celebrate the release of HERE: Poems for the Planet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Broadway Performance Hall. Tickets are […]

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“[Untitled America Poem],” by Maia Pody

[Untitled America Poem] If great means impressive then yes though I’m easily impressed by American dream teen movie queen bees preordained aspirations and silverware sets six generations needs more dog parks and ice cream and garbage trucks needs less cars coca cola clearance clothing sale commercials less promise breaker mistake maker human error budget cuts […]

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An Interview with Queen Anne Book Company

What book nerd hasn’t fantasized about life as a bookseller? In this behind-the-scenes interview with Janis Segress, co-owner of Queen Anne Book Company, we learn what makes their store different, how one gets into the bookselling business, and what sparks joy about the job. Since childhood, Janis Segress dreamed of owning her own bookstore. In […]

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“Ancestry Isn’t Just Some DNA Test,” by Kiyoshi Sakauye

Ancestry Isn’t Just Some DNA Test A Letter to My Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandmother I wonder what your name was. Did it taste like bitter Mount Fuji snow, or sweet dirt from Aokigahara forest? When we were born, did war carve Its name into your fragment bones? When you were a […]

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