Upcoming SAL Events

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Local Voices: Live & Online-Only

Wednesday, May 12, 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 May 12th at 7:00 p.m, or catch it streaming on Facebook Live! Click “Learn More” to see the line-up of readers.

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The Moth Mainstage: Live & Online-Only

Friday, May 21, 2021

SAL Presents

One of our most popular events of the year, each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Theme, host, and storytellers to be announced in spring! This event is live and online only.

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Alberto Ríos: Online & Pre-taped

Friday, May 28, 2021


Alberto Ríos is the author of fourteen books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. He has garnered acclaim as a writer who uses language in lyrical and unexpected ways, containing elements of magical realism, to reflect on his Chicano heritage. Q&A with Donna Miscolta. This event will be online only and pre-recorded.

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Ocean Vuong: Live & Online-Only

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Literary Arts

Ocean Vuong is a poet and fiction writer whose work considers class, queerness, family, and identity. His epistolary novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019), was an immediate and enduring bestseller described by the Los Angeles Times as a “series of high notes that trembles exquisitely almost without break.” Q&A moderated by musician Perfume Genius. 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.