SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

“Whitey’s on TRAPPIST-I,” by Azura Tyabji

Whitey’s on TRAPPIST-I inspired by Gil Scott Heron Recently, NASA discovered 7 earth sized planets orbiting a single star 40 light years away One. Another black woman has crumbled to take a bullet in record time again. There is no spaceship named after her. We forget she had a name outside of bulk order eulogy. […]

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Introductions: Danez Smith

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Associate Director Once upon a time, we might have thought of ourselves as a series that featured mid-to-late career poets. But, when a poet like Danez Smith comes along, two books into their career, well, you change the rules. This is a poet we’ve been waiting for, and we didn’t want […]

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“With and Without,” by Tadu Dollarhide

With and Without With my father carrying me to the orphanage home. Without me knowing what was going on. With my cousins wailing in the distance. Without a thought of leaving home. Without a thought of never seeing my family again. With that of a flying thing I never knew existed. With sitting next to […]

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Not an Elegy

This essay is part of a series in which Poetry Northwest partners with Seattle Arts & Lectures to present reflections on visiting writers from SAL’s Poetry Series. Danez Smith reads at 7:30 pm tonight, November 26 at Broadway Performance Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door!   By Luther Hughes   1. I used to own a plant, or […]

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Faces of SAL: Leah Adams

As we reflect on gratitude this week, our fantastic volunteers come to mind. They give abundant time and energy to our many events and our next feature is no exception. Leah Adams has volunteered for SAL for over three years—you’ve probably seen her at the box office! Here, she reveals how she fell for the […]

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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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