Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.
Our programs include
Women You Need to Know (WYNK)
Sherman Alexie Loves
Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Youth Poet Laureate
A future in which imaginative acts such as reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society.
Seattle Arts & Lectures was founded in 1987 and launched its first season in 1988 with John Updike, Calvin Trillin, Donald Barthelme, Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris, Isabel Allende, and Rosamond Bernier.
In 1994, SAL brought the nationally recognized Writers in the Schools to Seattle—an educational program that places local professional writers in public school classrooms to develop skills and spark student interest in reading and writing. The Poetry Series, featuring such notables as Philip Levine and Anne Carson, debuted in 2000, as did Wednesday University/SAL U an adult continuing education program co-presented by the University of Washington Alumni Association and taught by distinguished UW professors. (The 14/15 season was the last season for SAL U.) Hinge, inaugurated in the 2014/15 season features readings, lectures and other presentations by emerging and experimental writers in intimate settings. In the 15/16 season SAL introduced Women You Need to Know (WYNK), a three-part series designed to showcase cutting edge, thought provoking inspiring women. It opened with the graphic novelist and Tony award winner Alison Bechdel. In the 16/17 season SAL debuted Sherman Alexie Loves, a three-party series curated and hosted by Seattle legend, Sherman Alexie.
As Seattle has grown in size and sophistication, SAL has kept pace and helped engage, inspire, and connect our growing community. In 2016/17 alone, over 25,000 SAL attendees had accessible, meaningful experiences with the foremost writers and thinkers of our time through SAL programming. Our Writers in the Schools program matches accomplished creative writers with local K-12 public schools and hospitals for year-long writing residencies. In 2016/17, over 7,800 students worked with a WITS writer-in-residence or spotlight author visit to discover their authentic voices, build community, and develop writing skills that will support them throughout their lives.
The Prowda Literary Champion Award is named for Sherry Prowda, SAL’s founder and first Executive Director. It was created to honor Prowda’s vision of a future in which imaginative acts such as reading, writing, and creative thinking are indispensable to a curious, engaged, democratic society, and her leadership as a champion of the literary arts.
Each year, the award, selected by a group of literary visionaries, celebrates the individuals and organizations that make Seattle an outstanding place for writers and readers.
Join the biggest little book club in Seattle! Behind the scenes at SAL is a corps of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time to ensure we meet our mission of sparking imaginations and bringing together people and ideas. We have a host of areas that you can get involved in and experience the literary world. Volunteers do many things from ushering at our events, to assisting with mailings and other administrative tasks, to working on our annual Words Matter Benefit Gala & Literary Auction.
Seattle, WA— Dec 1, 2017: Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) announces the addition of Daniel Pink to its 2017/18 Season line-up. Pink will appear on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are on sale now at lectures.org.
Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) announces the addition of several authors to its 2017/18 Season line-up. The upcoming season is the 30th Anniversary for the organization, and the programming will feature some familiar faces from the first 30 years, as well as a look-ahead to the literary luminaries of the coming decades. All subscriptions, including Create-Your-Own Subscriptions, are on sale now, and single tickets will go on sale July 24.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $25,000 to Seattle Arts & Lectures to inspire and engage more than 5,000 K-12 students in the power of writing during yearlong classroom residencies with local professional writers. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.