SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: 2021/22 Season

“This Bowl of Soup” by WITS Student Marcus Frantela

The times I smell the sweet and sourness of the broth I know the night with be filled with joy. The pork so tender Just slips off the bone Like slipping into a fantasy of other worlds and imagination Infused with the taste of the broth It’s the kind of meat just by thinking about […]

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Introductions: Charles Yu

By Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director Charles Yu is the author of four works of fiction, including Interior Chinatown, which won the 2020 National Book Award for fiction. Previously, he received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, which he was selected for by Richard Powers, whom we will see on this stage in April. […]

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Unmastering English: On the Work of Cathy Park Hong

This essay is part of a series in which Seattle Arts & Lectures partners with Poetry Northwest to present reflections on visiting writers from SAL’s 2021/22 Season. On Friday, January 28, Cathy Park Hong will be in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo at Langston Performing Arts Institute, and the event will also be streamed live. Although […]

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Introductions: Bernardine Evaristo

By Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director I came to Bernardine Evaristo after she won the 2019 Booker Prize for her novel, Girl, Woman, Other. Her win was notable for several reasons. It was the first time that the Booker had been shared by two writers—Margaret Atwood was the other winner for The Testaments. Evaristo describes the […]

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“Truth” by WITS Student Suhayb Ismail

My name is truth … but you could call me right on my ancestors’ history, because being right is telling stories with meaning… Remember me.    I believe in equality for my brother’s children … I am built from glass which reflects truth and shatters with lies… Remember me.   I come from strength that my African ancestors have shown in true times of peril … My […]

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Write It Out with SAL & Hugo House

Through our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program SAL empowers young people to discover and develop their authentic writing and performance voices—but we believe in the power of writing for people of all ages. In Seattle, we’re fortunate to have a diverse arts ecosystem, which includes several longtime literary arts organizations like SAL, our public […]

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“Dancing is My Passion” by WITS Student Ivy Lorca

Dancing is you with me floating on the sea with the sunshine on your face like you’re on stage with the lights on finding your way back but you can’t leave Dancing is like poetry: the song never ends Poetry is like the beat of the music when you dance like an echo of a […]

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When the Years are Gone: On “Playlist for the Apocalypse” by Rita Dove

This essay is part of a series in which Seattle Arts & Lectures partners with Poetry Northwest to present reflections on visiting writers from the SAL Poetry Series. On Friday, December 3, Rita Dove will read and discuss her work with Anastacia-Reneé at an online-only event. This event is available to attend online until December […]

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“28 Days Gone” by WITS Student Ian Bridges

Everything around us is taken for granted, from the Sun to the Moon to the very wind at our backs. It is with us so often, we don’t think of it as essential or vital Just… there. When it is taken from your life, you notice it. You crave it, you hunger for it, like […]

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Introductions: Jelani Cobb

By Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director It is my great honor to introduce Jelani Cobb tonight. We are here to celebrate his work as a journalist and his most recent work as editor, along with David Remnick: The Matter of Black Lives, The New Yorker’s groundbreaking anthology on race in America. The anthology was assembled in the wake […]

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