For 32 years, Seattle Arts & Lectures has brought people together for the most important conversations of our time. In this uncertain time, what is certain is that we need writers and readers more than ever. And so, we are asking you to subscribe today to a new year of imagination and re-imagination. All subscriptions are now on sale, as well as single tickets for special events!
This video gallery celebrates the achievement of 2019/20 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei Lee, and the public release of her first poetry collection, In the Footsteps of a Thousand Griefs (Poetry NW Editions). The gallery opens with Wei-Wei reading from her debut, followed by conversation between Wei-Wei and her YPL mentors, Aaron Counts and Matt Gano. Following this celebration, we welcome the incoming 2020/21 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate cohort in a series of videos.
This multi-media gallery commemorates the time students spent writing and creating with WITS during the truncated 2019/20 school year. This gallery is a testament to the hard work of students, writers, teachers, and school communities across the Puget Sound area. Now this work can be seen, shared, and celebrated by those we miss, care for, and wish we were closer to right now.
Author, playwright, poet, and multi-media artist Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric. Her new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, is described by Kirkus Reviews as a “genre-defying work, [that] combines poetry, essay, visuals, scholarship, analysis, invective, and argument into a passionate and persuasive case about many of the complex mechanics of race in this country.”
Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics, and has garnered national attention for her robust and sober questioning of President Donald Trump. One week after the 2020 Presidential Election, Alcindor will join us for a live, online-only event.
Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debut novels of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Gyasi’s new book, Transcendent Kingdom, is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
Maggie Smith is the author of four award-winning books: Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. Her most recent book, Keep Moving, is a beautiful nonfiction work of quotes and essays, in which she writes about new beginnings as opportunities for transformation.
Madeline Miller is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Song of Achilles (2012), a reimagining of TheIliad, and Circe (2018), a feminist inversion of The Odyssey. In each book, Miller brings a fresh perspective to ancient tales, re-centering these stories on characters whose voices have been excluded from the narrative for thousands of years.
Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. Anthony Bourdain called Blood, Bones & Butter “simply the best memoir by a chef. Ever.” Hamilton also writes for the New York Times on food, memory, and the restaurant industry.
A Message from Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director
Dear friends of Seattle Arts & Lectures,
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?
We’re committed to making our spaces and events accessible to all. We want to make positive adjustments so that our patrons’ experiences are the best they can be. Read on for a brief primer on the accessibility options you can expect and request at SAL events.
Everyone’s favorite free summer reading challenge is back early this year for adults and kids! Keep track of your spring and summer reads from now until September 8, 2020 by writing the title and author in the matching square, and submit your board by mail, in person, or through social media for a chance to win awesome prizes!
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.