Upcoming SAL Events

Rita Dove: Online-Only Image

Rita Dove: Online-Only

Friday, December 3, 2021


Rita Dove is a celebrated poet, prose writer, editor, musician, and former Poet Laureate of the United States—the youngest to have served in the role. Known for works of lyricism and beauty, Dove applies an unflinching eye to historical and political events. In fact, her tremendous impact on American letters has come not only through her writing but her advocacy work; the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. Her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Playlist for the Apocalypse, is Dove’s poignant meditation on injustice: an investigation of the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s—and the world’s—experiments in democracy. Q&A with Anastacia-Reneé.

Lucy Bernholz—Free & Online-Only Image

Lucy Bernholz—Free & Online-Only

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Free Events

In How We Give Now, Lucy Bernholz shows that philanthropy is more than writing a check and claiming a tax deduction. For most of us—the non-wealthy givers—philanthropy can be a way of living our values and fully participating in society. We give in all kinds of ways—shopping at certain businesses, canvassing for candidates, donating money, and making conscious choices with our retirement funds. We give our cash, our time, and even our data to make the world a better place. Join us for “Lucy Bernholz’s How We Give Now,” a candid conversation between Dr. Carmen Rojas, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, and Lucy Bernholz about the often-overlooked worlds of participatory philanthropy, and how philanthropy by the rest of us—across geographies and cultural traditions—begins with and builds on active commitment to our communities.

Local Voices: In-Person & Online Image

Local Voices: In-Person & Online

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers. These locally acclaimed novelists, poets, essayists, and storytellers come together to read from their own works-in-progress, and inspire the same craft and performance skills they teach in the classroom. Join us in this free event at Hugo House on Thursday, January 13, at 7:00 p.m, or catch it streaming on Facebook Live!

Bernardine Evaristo: In-Person & Online Image

Bernardine Evaristo: In-Person & Online

Monday, January 24, 2022

Literary Arts

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of the 2019 Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other, and the forthcoming memoir Manifesto, which investigates her long journey as a Black writer in a white-dominated industry. Evaristo’s writing is characterized by experimentation, daring, subversion, and challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities, and her books range in genre from poetry to short story to drama to criticism.

Cathy Park Hong in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online Image

Cathy Park Hong in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo: In-Person & Online

Friday, January 28, 2022

Ijeoma Oluo Presents: Our Existence Beyond Trauma

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Minor Feelings is a vulnerable, humorous, and provocative essay collection, whose relentless pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world. Hong will be in conversation with Our Existence Beyond Trauma Series curator, Ijeoma Oluo, for this event, which is co-presented by Langston Seattle.

Ed Yong: In-Person & Online Image

Ed Yong: In-Person & Online

Thursday, February 10, 2022


Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Ed Yong writes about everything that is or was once alive, from the microbes that secretly rule the world to the species disappearing from it. A staff writer for The Atlantic, Yong is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Contain Multitudes, a book about the amazing partnerships between animals and microbes. In examining nature at its most granular, Yong’s writing seeks to change our sense of where humans belong within it.

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SAL’s COVID-19 Policies for 2021/22

SAL is requiring proof of full vaccination for our in-person events this season. We will require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Likewise, our staff and volunteers will be vaccinated and masked. We hope these actions will keep you and our greater community safe while also allowing us to experience the magic and community of live events again. Click “Learn More” below to read more and see our policy exceptions.


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 in-person and digital events.

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