Upcoming SAL Events

Roger Reeves & Anastacia-Reneé: In-Person & Online Image

Roger Reeves & Anastacia-Reneé: In-Person & Online

Monday, March 4, 2024


Join us for a double-feature with two stunning poets! Roger Reeves is the author of Best Barbarian, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Anastacia-Reneé, a Seattle literary legend, is a queer writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, podcaster, and the author of Sidenotes from the Archivist. Q&A with Amber Flame. All Poetry Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers receive a copy of Best Barbarian, shipped to their doors by our partner bookstore, Open Books. Please note: complimentary subscriptions and single tickets do not include the book.

Indigenous Literature & Land-Based Pedagogy Workshop with Laura Da’ Image

Indigenous Literature & Land-Based Pedagogy Workshop with Laura Da’

Thursday, March 7, 2024


Root Systems is a land-informed professional development for teaching culturally responsive language learning strategies, which will use canopies, understories, and forest floors to inspire and inform vocabulary development, multilingual learning, and social and emotional learning strategies. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a selection of new strategies and prompts, a recursive strategy for classroom use, and suggestions for bringing literature informed by Indigenous languages into the learning space. This two-hour workshop will fulfill OSPI’s Continuing Education clock hours (2) for all state educators and meets the requirements for ongoing Racial Equity Training for teacher certification. This course will offer free resources and is suitable for teachers and learners of all ages including adult learners. Writers may also find the content useful.

A Conversation with Eric Kim: In-Person & Online Image

A Conversation with Eric Kim: In-Person & Online

Thursday, March 14, 2024

J. Kenji López-Alt Presents

Join J. Kenji López-Alt and New York Times staff writer and essayist, Eric Kim. Kim is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home, and he has amassed a devoted following with his NYT Cooking videos and Food52 column.

Murmurations: Local Voices Taking Flight Image

Murmurations: Local Voices Taking Flight

Tuesday, March 19, 2024


This four-part reading series features acclaimed poets, writers, and comics artists who teach in SAL’s Writers in the Schools program. Tonight’s program will feature Samar Abulhassan, Rasheena Fountain, Monique Franklin, Vivian Li, Clara Olivo, and Acca Warren! These resident writers come together to read from their own works-in-progress, inspiring the same craft and performance skills they teach in the classroom. Free (no RSVP necessary; just come)

The SAL Gala: Words Bloom Image

The SAL Gala: Words Bloom

Friday, March 22, 2024


The SAL Gala will feature a lively reception and delicious multi-course dinner, an engaging program, and live and online silent auctions of irresistibly unique literary experiences and treasures. Cocktail attire. Forest glam encouraged!

Matthew Desmond: In-Person & Online Image

Matthew Desmond: In-Person & Online

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Literary Arts

In his landmark book, Poverty, By America, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem—and also helps us imagine solutions. In his follow up to Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Desmond investigates why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? Q&A with Daniel Zavala.

Seattle Arts & Lectures cultivates transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.


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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