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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

WITS Voices: A Changing Port Townsend

By Peter Mountford, WITS Writer-in-Residence For the seventh year in a row, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a group of WITS writers who’ve gone to Port Townsend for two weeks in December. While Seattle has gone through some dramatic changes in these last seven years—to the extent that I sometimes get lost in […]

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Faces of SAL: Kamara Swaby

We are a few weeks into 2019, and we want to shine a light on our fantastic team of volunteers. They share their talent in our office and at our events. Kamara Swaby is no exception. She has recently joined the SAL volunteer family, and it’s not surprising to hear she has a love of […]

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Faces of SAL: Sarah Neilson

In this new year, we pause to reflect on our blessings. And a very important blessing we have at SAL is our superstar team of volunteers. They provide many talents, and Sarah Neilson is no exception. Sarah helps us behind the scenes by writing the fantastic bios for our event programs. Read on to hear […]

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WITS Voices: Stories in Progress

By David Lasky, WITS Writer-in-Residence The fourth graders in Mrs. Kahn’s and Mr. Moreno’s classes at Lowell Elementary are learning one of the most important, most vital skills practiced by humankind: the writing of fiction. Without the ability to imagine, possibilities in life become limited. And without the ability to work through fictional problems, real […]

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Faces of SAL: Jennifer Lo

We are opening the door to a new year and new volunteers. Jennifer Lo has recently joined SAL’s amazing volunteer team and works with the Writers in the Schools program–read on to learn what event she is most looking forward to, what SAL program inspires her, and what book has captured her attention!  Do you […]

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WITS Voices: New Scene, New Opportunity

By Matt Gano, WITS Writer-in-Residence It’s been an incredible journey working as the WITS Writer-in-Residence at The Center School. My partnership with the esteemed Jon Greenberg along with scores of talented students over the years helped to shape me as a teacher and has inspired a lifetime’s worth of creative lessons and poetic ideas. After […]

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Faces of SAL: Mary Kay Feather

With the holidays in full swing, we are pausing a moment to appreciate our terrific team of volunteers. Mary Kay Feather and her husband, Michael Dedrick, have volunteered for SAL for over thirty years! Mary Kay shares with us some of her favorite books she’s been reading lately and how she found SAL—hint: it involves one […]

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Katherine Boo in Retrospect

By Danielle Palmer-Friedman Katherine Boo is not just a reporter—she’s a sponge. When she’s working on a story, she spends months, sometimes years, thoroughly documenting the lives of families living under extreme inequity. She meticulously records, never disregarding any detail for being too inconsequential. After Boo has gathered the histories, hopes, and abhorrences of the […]

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Shifting Your Perspective: Abstract Doodles and Visual Thinking

By Greg Stump, WITS Writer-in-Residence   A few years ago, I was browsing in a used bookstore when I came across a slim little offering from 1955 called Oodles of Droodles, by a cartoonist named Roger Price. The book is a compilation of minimalist doodles, each one paired up with a jokey title caption that […]

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Faces of SAL: Jennifer Duval

Our thankful list grows daily at SAL, and our volunteers are definitely a large part of that list! In this post, SAL volunteer Jennifer Duval shares with us her gratitude for books, writing, and most importantly—the amazing people in her life, along with a few great book recommendations to read. Can you guess what Jennifer’s […]

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