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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Introductions: Black Futures

By Sharon N. Williams, Executive Director of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas I am so excited to be here today and to be teaming with Seattle Arts & Lectures. This is an amazing opportunity not just for me, but for Black America and the entire world, to actually get a sense and […]

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“My Beautiful Legacy” by Sasha Koladycz Brown

I may not be perfect but I can bake. I always try my best to understand people. I want people around me to feel happy, safe and scared. Because if you are never scared you do not care about yourself or people around you. I can be strong in ways no one knows. I can […]

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Accepting Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Oceanic Invitation by Sierra Nelson

As a special Thanksgiving treat, make your own poem-map of wonder with this lesson and writing prompt inspired by poet and author of World of Wonders, Aimee Nezhukumatathil! In celebration of our brand new SAL/on air podcast episode featuring Aimee’s May 2018 reading, Sierra Nelson—WITS Writer-in-Residence, cephalopod enthusiast, and author of The Lachrymose Report—takes us […]

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The SAL Gift Guide

We hope you enjoy this holiday gift guide, featuring picks from the staff at Seattle Arts & Lectures! With the usual emphasis on independent shops and literary-themed gifts for every budget, this year, we’re excited to feature largely BIPOC and women-owned businesses. (For more ideas, check out this small business search by Intentionalist.) Jam from Junebaby. “Food […]

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“Origin Story” by Lucia Santos

Born from island clay Red and wet, with eyes open Crawl to a garden Place me in a bed of ferns I grow, I am energy. I’ll tell you of my first time talking to a plant. Most was listening. I swam forever Because I could, and I had to. Water carried me. My fear […]

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Book Bingo 2020: Therapy for the Soul

By Liz Keenan, SAL Volunteer When SAL asked me to write a blog about 2020 Summer Book Bingo, I was more than thrilled to accept the challenge. As a volunteer for SAL, I was asked to do a roundup of all the participants’ comments and recommendations and was immediately struck by how much Book Bingo […]

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A Decade of Letterpress: Annabelle Larner

Each year, in a project led by Sierra Nelson and Ann Teplick of Writers in the Schools, and the School of Visual Concepts, long-term patients from Seattle Children’s Hospital and a team of letterpress artists join forces to create an extraordinary collection of handprinted, limited-edition broadsides. These works of art—which you may have oohed and […]

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“And They Do” by Helena Goos

The silence stretches, yawning across the land. Quiet, so quiet. A strange reverie, unbroken by sound.                         The bombs have stopped. The children, born in a world where the thunder is a part of life, whimper. The elders, so few, so old, raise their heads in disbelief. For they remember, a time when bombs did […]

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An Essay from “Seismic” by Dr. Charles Johnson

This essay appears in Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, an anthology edited by Kristen Millares Young, featuring writers from all across the city. Seattle was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017 and has been working as part of the international network since then. Seismic is a collection that asks writers to consider what the designation […]

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Tech Tips for Streaming Events

Welcome to your step-by-step guide to accessing online events with Seattle Arts & Lectures! The SAL Box Office is always happy to assist you with any trouble you may encounter in connecting to our online events, but before you reach out, we recommend reading this troubleshooting guide first—your question is likely answered below. Steps 1-4 […]

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