SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

WITS Voices: Evergreen Speaks

By Maiah Merino, WITS Writer-in-Residence My first year with Writer in the Schools, I taught 9th grade poetry at Evergreen High School in Burien, four classes, three of which were English Language Learners.  The first class of the day set the rhythm, as they struggled the most with English; they were my compass.  Slow it […]

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WITS Voices: A Place for Song in the Poetry Classroom

By Jeanine Walker, WITS Writer-in-Residence The recording is slightly muffled, but I still find its magic moments audible: during the first full practice of a new song, 6- and 7-year-olds recite lyrics right before the guitar starts, and one child exclaims, “We’re recording!” I’d gone to Ms. Gilbert’s class at ten a.m., as I always […]

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Every Podcast Episode in Season One of SAL/On Air

Featuring fourteen events from across our thirty years of programming, the SAL/On Air podcast is a free way to experience past lectures and readings. Peruse the list below to get the scoop on every single episode from Season One, including our latest three episodes with Tom Hanks, Ada Limón, and Madhur Jaffrey. SAL/On Air episodes […]

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WITS Voices: Puesta del Sol and its New Poets

By Evelin Garcia, WITS Writer-in-Residence   Puesta del Sol y sus nuevos poetas El día de elegir al lector del año que representará a la escuela Puesta del Sol  llegó después de 8 sesiones de trabajo. 90 estudiantes y por supuesto 90 poemas eran los posibles ganadores. Para ser muy justos, pedí a cada uno […]

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“Blessing to Mom,” by Nyomi Bennett

Blessing to Mom May you buy clothes that keep me warm day and night. May you create a strong roof over my head so I will be happy. May you tuck me into bed, every night and never forget. May you travel the world to make your magical sparkly dreams come true. May you dance […]

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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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