Upcoming Events at SAL

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Ilya Kaminsky

Monday, April 1, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Ilya Kaminsky is a hard of hearing Russian-Jewish-American poet, critic, translator, and professor, whose latest collection, Deaf Republic (2019), is just out from Graywolf Press.

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Words Matter 2019 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Thursday, April 4, 2019 6:00 pm

Fundraisers

Words Matter is SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, raising more than $300,000 to inspire people of all generations and backgrounds in our community with the change-making power of words.

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Tara Westover

Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Tickets are sold out, but we will be selling standby tickets, space provided, the night of the event. We will begin handing out standby numbers at the Benaroya Box Office beginning at 6pm. $40 general admission; $10 for Students/25 & Under (ID required), cash preferred.

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A Celebration of National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:00 pm

Free Events

SAL is delighted to partner with Warby Parker to present a free poetry reading at Warby Parker Capitol Hill. This celebration features 2016/17 Youth Poet Laureate, Maven Gardner; members of the 2018/19 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort, Maia Ruth Pody, Alex Newsom, and Kiyoshi Sakauye; Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna; and Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé.

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Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican author living in the United States. Her book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions was described by the Texas Observer as “the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era,” and her latest novel, Lost Children Archives, about a family whose road trip collides with an immigration crisis, will be released February 2019.

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Local Voices

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:30 pm

Free Events

Local Voices presents a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the works of SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers.

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HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Just in time for Earth Day, we’ll ​be celebrating eco-poetics as a mode of creative resistance​. This reading and discussion will launch the​ Copper Canyon Press​ anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet. Featuring poets who write with urgency and hope about the natural world, the event is supported by three organizations that create a better and more just landscape for poets and poetry: Cave Canem, Cant​oMundo, and Kundiman.

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Anthony Ray Hinton

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:30 pm

Hinge

Anthony Ray Hinton was released in April 2015 after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was released with the help of the Equal Justice Initiative, where he serves as EJI’s Community Educator. Please note: the venue has changed to Seattle First Baptist Church.

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Kara Swisher

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Journalism

She’s been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine) and the “grumpy lady of tech” (by herself). Kara Swisher, known for hard-hitting interviews with the most influential people in tech, is the executive editor of Recode and host of the Recode Decode podcast.

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A Conversation with Melinda Gates

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda reveals the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies.

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Tayari Jones

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:30 pm

Literary Arts

Tayari Jones is an award-winning author whose runaway bestseller, An American Marriage, features a newlywed couple and their reckoning with the horrors of mass incarceration, navigating ethically-charged questions about faithfulness and sacrifice.

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Jericho Brown

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Jericho Brown is the award-winning author of three books of poetry, including a forthcoming collection with Copper Canyon Press, each work posing questions about race, masculinity, and sexuality, often through the lens of the Bible.

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The Moth Mainstage

Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:30 pm

SAL Presents

Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

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WITS Year-End Reading & Celebration: Elementary & Middle Schools

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Youth Programs

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Young authors from each of our WITS schools and Seattle Children’s will be introduced by their WITS Writer-in-Residence before sharing original poems, stories, and comics in a heartwarming showcase of emerging talent.

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WITS Year-End Reading & Celebration: Middle & High Schools

Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 pm

Youth Programs

Join us for an extraordinary evening of literary talent with the Pulitzer Prize-winning voices of the future! Young authors from each of our WITS schools and Seattle Children’s will be introduced by their WITS Writer-in-Residence before sharing original poems, stories, and comics in a heartwarming showcase of emerging talent.

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Solmaz Sharif

Monday, June 3, 2019 7:30 pm

Poetry

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of the poetry collection LOOK (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award and the winner of the 2017 American Book Award for poetry.

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Imbolo Mbue

Friday, June 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Women You Need to Know

A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon, Imbolo Mbue is the author of the bestselling debut Behold the Dreamers, the story of a young Cameroonian couple whose new lives in New York are upended by the Great Recession. The novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post.