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Faces of SAL: Jennifer Lo

We are opening the door to a new year and new volunteers. Jennifer Lo has recently joined SAL’s amazing volunteer team and works with the Writers in the Schools program–read on to learn what event she is most looking forward to, what SAL program inspires her, and what book has captured her attention! 

Do you want be part of a team of book-loving volunteers from of all walks of life? SAL is having a winter volunteer orientation on January 24, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. To sign up for this orientation, just fill out a SAL Volunteer Application before then, and we’ll be in touch! Get involved.

Which SAL event are you looking most forward to & why?

I actually first learned about SAL through The Moth podcast; once I learned that SAL hosts The Moth Mainstage every spring, I’ve been dying to go ever since! What’s so great about The Moth is that it’s interesting for pretty much all audiences. The stories are funny, sometimes more emotional, and most of the time, thought-provoking. I’m looking forward to attending The Moth Mainstage this spring!

Why did you decide to volunteer for SAL?

As a senior in college, I hadn’t explored the arts and literature community much since moving to Seattle, let alone devoted time to volunteering due to school and work obligations. However, this year, I had a little more time on my hands and looked into giving my time to an organization I’m passionate about. When I learned about SAL’s volunteering opportunities, I thought this was the perfect way to learn and contribute to the arts and literature scene in my new city. Now, I’m volunteering for the Writers in the Schools program at SAL, which has been incredibly inspiring to see how this program is developing young writers in the area.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Educated by Tara Westover (a Goodreads 2018 Choice Award winner!) right now, and it’s phenomenal so far. I have never read anything like it but was curious because it was getting such rave reviews. This memoir is written vividly and it’s certainly hard to put down; it’s amazing to read about how Westover’s childhood and mindset change as she grows up. I can already see how this book will be a good reminder to not take education for granted.

What’s your hidden talent? 

I don’t think I have any hidden talents, sadly! I am very naturally flexible though, which comes in handy whenever I take a ballet class after a few months off dance.


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