Upcoming SAL Events

Maira Kalman: Online & Pre-taped Image

Maira Kalman: Online & Pre-taped

Monday, March 15, 2021

SAL Presents

The illustrator, author, and designer behind The Principles of Uncertainty, And the Pursuit of Happiness, and many a New Yorker illustration, Maira Kalman’s multi-faceted projects are filled with a sense of wonder, humor, and beauty.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones: In Conversation—Live & Online Image

Luvvie Ajayi Jones: In Conversation—Live & Online

Friday, March 19, 2021

SAL Presents

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of I’m Judging You, and a speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and justice. In Professional Troublemaker, she presents a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear—that everlasting hater—and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Luvvie will be live and in conversation with Kahlana Barfield Brown. This event is live and online only. Please note: the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

Local Voices: Online Image

Local Voices: Online

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Free Events

Now in a digital format, Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers. View the event as a Zoom Webinar on March 23 at 7:00 p.m, or catch it streaming on Facebook Live! Click “Learn More” to see the line-up of readers.

A Talk by Douglas Kearney: Online & Pre-taped Image

A Talk by Douglas Kearney: Online & Pre-taped

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


The dynamic Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, and librettist whose six books bridge thematic concerns such as politics, African American culture, the Trickster figure, and contemporary music. The format for this event will be a talk by Kearney, co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. Q&A with WITS Writer-in-Residence Daemond Arrindell. This event is online-only and will be pre-recorded.

Ibram X. Kendi: Live & Online Image

Ibram X. Kendi: Live & Online

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Literary Arts

The author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. The format for this event will be a live, online conversation with Dr. Edward Taylor.

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Live & Online Image

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Live & Online

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Women You Need to Know

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). This event will be live and online only. Please note: this event begins at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.


Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter.

Black lives matter. Black stories matter. Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) stands in solidarity with Black authors, teaching artists, educators, students, colleagues, board members, volunteers, artists, partners, community members, and audience members. We stand with protestors who are demanding justice. Words matter; they have the power to spark change and to tell the stories we need to hear. But actions also matter. So how will we take action?


Community Access Tickets

We believe that reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society. Our goal is to make these experiences available to as many people as possible, regardless of economic circumstances—which is why we created our Community Access Tickets (CAT) program for our digital and in-person events.