A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: 2020/21 Season

Go Inside a WITS Classroom Visit with Ocean Vuong

In June, students from Franklin High School spent time with poet and fiction writer Ocean Vuong in a session they called “Breaking Virtual Bread Together.” SAL’s Spotlight Author visits, held through our Writers in the Schools program, connect young public school writers in WITS classrooms with world-class authors and thinkers like Ocean, who spoke as part of […]

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A Comic from Ocean Vuong’s Event

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know of Tessa Hulls, the “SAL Official Doodler” and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Feeding Ghosts (MCD Books, 2023). Tessa was recently honored with a 2021 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust. On June 9, Tessa joined us to watch Ocean Vuong’s live and online-only […]

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Introductions: Ocean Vuong

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Interim Executive Director Two years ago, right before Christmas, my Dad had a heart attack. A few days later, we flew home to visit with him as he recovered at his home in Western Massachusetts, not far from where Ocean Vuong lives,  not far from the landscape of On Earth We’re […]

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Gorgeous, Here On Earth: The 2020/21 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest Chapbook

Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest to celebrate the wisdom, creativity, and heart captured in student and teacher writing. The theme for this year’s contest was “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” inspired by the award-winning novel of upcoming SAL speaker, Ocean Vuong. On Earth We’re Briefly […]

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Introductions: Alberto Ríos

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Interim Executive Director It is my great pleasure to introduce Alberto Ríos to you. He is the author of fourteen books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His most recent collections of poetry include Not Go Away is My Name and A Small Story About […]

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“R” by Roberto Contreras

Roberto Contreras, of Licton Springs K-8 School, read this poem to open our 2020/21 Poetry Series event with Alberto Ríos on Friday, May 28, 2021. Written during the 2019/20 school year with WITS Writer-in-Residence Arianne True.

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Introducing the Winners of the 2021 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest

Our utmost congratulations to the 2021 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest winners and runners-up! Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest, named for beloved English teacher Elaine Wetterauer, who taught for years at Nathan Hale High School and was an early champion of WITS, as […]

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Introductions: Mary Roach

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Interim Executive Director It is such a delight to introduce Mary Roach to you tonight. Mary is the author of books like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, all books that are about […]

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Introductions: Natalie Diaz

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Interim Executive Director Natalie Diaz is the author of two acclaimed collections of poetry: When My Brother Was an Aztec and Postcolonial Love Poem. She is a poet, a scholar and student of the Mojave language, a basketball player, a professor, and, if you follow her on Instagram, you know that […]

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