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Category: 2020/21 Season

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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Introducing the 2021 Prowda Literary Champions!

At SAL, we envision a future in which story and language continuously and courageously revitalize equity, justice, and belonging. Since 2014, The Prowda Literary Champion Awards, selected by a group of literary visionaries, have celebrated the individuals and organizations that do just that. Every year, the Prowda Awards recognize leaders in our community who are […]

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The 2020/21 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest is Now Open

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program is delighted to announce the theme of this year’s Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest! Every year, WITS holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest for students and teachers from all WITS schools, representing all writing genres. The 2020/21 contest, open until May 14, invites students and teachers […]

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Introductions: Maira Kalman

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Associate Director Maira Kalman is the writer or illustrator of more than 30 books for adults and children, including The Elements of Style (Illustrated), My Favorite Things, The Principles of Uncertainty, and, most recently, an illustrated version of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. When I read The Principles of Uncertainty […]

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