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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

WITS Voices: The Coolness Factor

By Ramon Isao, WITS Writer-in-Residence For my inaugural WITS post, I hope you’ll forgive a mere anecdote. I’m new here. On the night before my first WITS residency, I was surprised by a bout of panic. I got out of bed and tried my best to chuckle it off. There was nothing to fear. I’d […]

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Writing Alongside “Knoxville, Tennessee”

Today, the words and wisdom of legendary poet, Nikki Giovanni, will wow us at the first event in our 2017/18 Sherman Alexie Loves Series. Although the event is sold out, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. In this essay, WITS Writer-in-Residence Laura Gamache welcomes us into Nikki’s beautiful descriptions […]

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Welcome to Seattle Arts & Lectures’ New Website

After years of dreaming and planning, and months of implementation, we are thrilled to welcome you to SAL’s new digital home! The new lectures.org was made possible through a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, a pool of benevolent SAL individual donors, and the Nesholm Family Foundation. A partnership with the local design […]

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WITS Voices: Opening a Door to Gratitude

By Letitia Cain, WITS Writer-in-Residence & SAL Event Manager It’s a Scottish tradition to open the front door of your house at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year, then rush to open the back door to let go of the past year. It’s a way of ushering […]

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WITS Voices: To Be Writers!

By Matt Gano, WITS Writer-in-Residence I hate the word “lecture.” I’ve always considered teaching poetry as a “conversation.” I hope to learn along with my students by talking about creative ideas, to open space in the classroom to unpack concepts such as “writing from the body,” “poetry as an economy of language,” “write what you […]

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Books on a Plane: Winter Reading Recs from the SAL Staff

Whether we’re having a quick conversation by the Keurig machine or scribbling furiously when Tom Hanks cites Everyday Stalinism from the SAL stage, book gossip is our currency at the SAL offices. As we look forward to reading with you in 2018, here’s a sneak peek at our holiday reading hopes and dreams: Alicia Craven, WITS […]

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5 Reasons to See Jesmyn Ward

We can think of many reasons why you should join SAL on Wednesday, January 17 to see Jesmyn Ward, the lyrical Southern author gracing all of 2017’s best-of book lists, but here are our top five: By: Emmy Newman, SAL Intern 1. She writes close to home. Jesmyn Ward’s two National Book Award-winning novels, Salvage the […]

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WITS Voices: What is a Detail?

By Arianne True, WITS Writer-in-Residence This past week, my classes focused on details – what and where they are, and putting them into our own writing. We defined details, went over senses, and totally rocked an exercise on noticing them all around us in the classroom. For practice finding details in poems, we read Ada […]

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WITS Voices: Pairing Poems with the Weather

By Karen Finneyfrock, WITS Writer-in-Residence I’ve have success and fun in the classroom connecting students with poetry that feature the seasons or the weather. Each November, I bring my fifth grade classes the poem “This is a Letter” by Rebecca Dunham. Young students are especially drawn to images like “the broken confetti of late fall leaves.” […]

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SAL’s Gift Guide for Literature Lovers

Still searching for the perfect gift for the voracious reader in your life? We’ve got a few suggestions they’ll flip for – and we don’t just mean flipping pages! SALFlex Pass Give them the gift of conversation, connection, and inspiration. Only available until noon on December 23, SAL’s 4-Part Flex Pass gives you four tickets […]

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