SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Your Holiday Flex Pass is Here!

Only available through the New Year, SAL’s 4-Part Flex Pass makes an ideal gift for the reader or writer in your life. A Flex Pass will get you four SAL tickets to use any way you like. There are so many options: See four different lectures. Bring a friend to two events. Get a group of four together for a […]

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WITS Voices: Moody Autumn Gourds

By Alex Madison, WITS Writer-in-Residence In honor of the season, I thought I’d share a lesson I’ve taught seventh graders at TOPS K-8 during my two years with Writers in the Schools—it involves strange, bumpy, warped, and moody autumn gourds. I use these gourds, plucked from the QFC produce section, to teach my students how […]

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Faces of SAL: Colleen Rain

Gratitude and admiration are the two words that come to mind when we think of our amazing volunteers—they provide endless hours to ensure our events run smoothly, our mailings go out on time, and a million other behind-the-scenes tasks. But, they do more than help us out at SAL, so we’re launching a regular feature […]

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Get Ready for Danez Smith with Anastacia-Reneé

By Danielle Palmer-Friedman, SAL Volunteer When I asked Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé (she/they) why I should go see Danez Smith (they/them) speak on November 26, she had this to say: “Get your life together and get to the reading.” She shared with me Danez’s poem “alternate names for black boys” and added: “If you still […]

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#SALOnBroadway

This year, SAL moved its Poetry Series to the Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill, arguably Seattle’s most poetic neighborhood. There’s emotion in the streets, a tempo to the crosswalks, and a poetic logic to the way we stop and start drift along Broadway. There’s poetry in the flood lights shining on the thick grass […]

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“My Names,” by My’Ana Inez Cooper

My Names the last name is my dad. white. a dog full of unconditional love. me as well. crooked teeth, not common but common enough to know how to say and spell like you know me. cooper. my middle name is through my veins. my mom’s veins and her mom’s veins and her mom’s. Inez, […]

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“Compass That Points her Home,” by Helena Goos

Compass That Points her Home My mother is Korean, from a small fishing village (not so small now), in South Korea. It’s called 퍼 항,                                                     Pohang She came to […]

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“Give Me Your Tired,” by Brianna Tran

Give Me Your Tired I can say all that where I come from to where my parents, and their parents were born. But what does it matter our skin, hair or eyes It’s lineage that matters.The seed in which knows how to grow into an apple tree, the apple falls and the seed grows to […]

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WITS Voices: There is More to Color

By Karen Finneyfrock, WITS Writer-in-Residence Colors are evocative and emotional. Elementary age students love to talk about their favorite colors, their least favorite colors, the best colors and the most wretched ones. Discussions about colors can become heated! So when I bring in color samples from the hardware store and assign a color for each […]

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Barbara Kingsolver’s Promise of Openness

On Thursday, October 25, SAL crossed a top line off its Literary Arts bucket list—we were so lucky to have the singular Barbara Kingsolver on stage and in conversation. She spoke with Executive Director Ruth Dickey about everything that’s been on her mind lately, from the letters of Mary Treat, the female scientist and colleague […]

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