SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: 2020/21 Season

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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Go Inside a WITS Classroom Visit with Robin Wall Kimmerer

In April, a group of students from Big Picture High School had a soul-enriching conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, in which they discussed writing, attention, and care and nurturing for and from the Earth. SAL’s Spotlight Author visits, held through our Writers in the Schools program, connect young public school writers in WITS classrooms with […]

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Ruth Dickey stands at a lectern speaking into the microphone while holding a piece of paper.

A Last Letter From Ruth

Dear friends,  I arrived at SAL in the summer of 2013, and my very first SAL event was Malcolm Gladwell at Town Hall. I was so nervous that Rebecca basically had to push me out onto the stage to introduce him; I put my remarks in a heavy file folder so no one would see my […]

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“Help” by Paul Yoon

don’t forget the day students left this          earth 250 teens don’t have a future their future 􀁌􀁑􀁛􀁉􀁘􀁘􀁍􀁉􀁚􀁍􀁌 like a mist their last cries help        vanished it          wasn’t         there droplets           of           tears from    […]

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A Book in a Tree Is a Love Poem and Also Not a Love Poem

This essay is part of a series in which Poetry Northwest partners with Seattle Arts & Lectures to present reflections on SAL’s visiting poets. On Friday, April 30, Natalie Diaz will read and discuss her work at 7:30 pm (PDT)—tickets are still available! By Laura Da’, WITS Writer-in-Residence Featuring work by Helena Goos, Lucia Santos, Nathalie Marver-Kwon, Hazel […]

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Introductions: Robin Wall Kimmerer

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director In one of the essays in Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about remembering the rituals with which her parents began days, saying, “Ceremonies large and small have the power to focus attention to a way of living awake in the world.” And in this sense of ceremony as […]

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Victor Xia reads “Party Circa 1952”

  2020/21 Youth Poet Digital Engagement Ambassador Victor Xia reads his poem “Party Circa 1952,” which he performed before Ibram X. Kendi’s 2020/21 Literary Arts Series event, presented on the virtual SAL stage.

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A World Full of Heroes: A WITS Intern Reflects on Event with Lawrence Wright

Akshaya Ajith, a high school student doing a remote internship with the Writers in the Schools program at SAL, attended SAL’s Journalism Series event with Lawrence Wright, investigative journalist for The New Yorker and author of the pandemic thriller The End of October, on February 9, 2021. Read on to hear her reflections. By Akshaya […]

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