SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Faces of SAL: Kristen Bechtold

The snow days continue and while we’ve been cozy and warm inside, SAL’s volunteers are busy inspiring our reading list! Kristen Bechtold joined the volunteer team a year ago—read on to learn her favorite books to read in this cold weather, along with some ideas on what to read when you want to laugh.   […]

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Faces of SAL: Justine Chan

Happiness is born from gratitude. And our talented volunteers make us happy at SAL! We are so thankful for the marvelous volunteers that are part of our team, including Justine Chan–a stellar event volunteer who has been with us since 2016. Learn what’s inspiring her reading and writing (hint: the forest is involved). Plus, discover […]

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SAL’s Guide to Surviving the Seattle Squeeze

Avoid the busiest travel times Find a SAL partnering bookstore in your office neighborhood (look here for a full list) and head over to browse the stacks instead of rushing home when the clock strikes 5 p.m. Waste an hour or two (or three) wandering the aisles of perfectly aligned book spines at Phinney Books, […]

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Welcome, Kesha Howard!

We’re giving a warm welcome to Kesha Howard, who joined the team earlier in January as a Writers in the Schools intern through Seattle Central’s work study program. She brings years of experience working with students from kindergarten through high school, and she truly shares SAL’s mission of bringing opportunities for creativity and expression of voice […]

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WITS Voices: A Changing Port Townsend

By Peter Mountford, WITS Writer-in-Residence For the seventh year in a row, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a group of WITS writers who’ve gone to Port Townsend for two weeks in December. While Seattle has gone through some dramatic changes in these last seven years—to the extent that I sometimes get lost in […]

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Faces of SAL: Kamara Swaby

We are a few weeks into 2019, and we want to shine a light on our fantastic team of volunteers. They share their talent in our office and at our events. Kamara Swaby is no exception. She has recently joined the SAL volunteer family, and it’s not surprising to hear she has a love of […]

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Faces of SAL: Sarah Neilson

In this new year, we pause to reflect on our blessings. And a very important blessing we have at SAL is our superstar team of volunteers. They provide many talents, and Sarah Neilson is no exception. Sarah helps us behind the scenes by writing the fantastic bios for our event programs. Read on to hear […]

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WITS Voices: Stories in Progress

By David Lasky, WITS Writer-in-Residence The fourth graders in Mrs. Kahn’s and Mr. Moreno’s classes at Lowell Elementary are learning one of the most important, most vital skills practiced by humankind: the writing of fiction. Without the ability to imagine, possibilities in life become limited. And without the ability to work through fictional problems, real […]

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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 […]

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WITS Voices: New Scene, New Opportunity

By Matt Gano, WITS Writer-in-Residence It’s been an incredible journey working as the WITS Writer-in-Residence at The Center School. My partnership with the esteemed Jon Greenberg along with scores of talented students over the years helped to shape me as a teacher and has inspired a lifetime’s worth of creative lessons and poetic ideas. After […]

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