SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

“The Fox and the Rabbit,” by Jones Kasperson

The Fox and the Rabbit At moonhigh, the night sky is ink in water, spreading to all cracks and crevices. The fox’s nose and whiskers whimper to the scent of rabbit. As it crawls to its prey, its belly fur brushes against the long grass of the moor. Making no noise at all, it pounces. […]

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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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Introductions: Ilya Kaminsky

It was an immense honor to welcome the fabulous fabulist Ilya Kaminsky to Seattle Arts & Lectures as part of our Poetry Series on April 1, 2019. Kaminsky is the author of the bestseller, Dancing in Odessa, a co-editor of “The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry,” and, as of three months ago, Deaf Republic. By […]

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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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Artefact on Tech Tarot, Kara Swisher, and Culpability in Silicon Valley

When we asked Sheryl Cababa, an Executive Creative Director at Artefact Group, why her design consultancy decided to sponsor our Journalism Series event with Kara Swisher, she answered, “Kara is like the tech industry’s gadfly—she’s one of the few journalists that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to ethics and responsibility for big tech […]

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Something Silent in Us Strengthens

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. Ilya Kaminsky reads at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Broadway Performance Hall. Tickets are still available here! By Kristen Millares Young I read Deaf Republic in one swoop, felled. […]

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Faces of SAL: Kristin Austin

Spring is in the air—the scent of Daphne, more daylight, and the hard work of our amazing volunteers! Kristin Austin joined the SAL volunteer team over a year ago, and here she shares with us her hidden talent, what she’s reading right now, and her favorite part of a SAL event. Hint: it involves students! […]

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