A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: Creativity

A Comic from Margaret Atwood’s Conversation

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, 2022). We were so lucky that Tessa watched Margaret Atwood’s online-only SAL Presents conversation with Cheryl Strayed on September 9, and made this ultra-cool illustration! Take […]

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An Interview with Ruth Dickey, Poet & Author of “Mud Blooms”

By Gabriela Denise Frank Has there been a year when hunger rumbled more prominently in our minds than our bellies? Months ago, I gave up searching for flour and yeast, items perpetually out of stock, but this week, after hearing my husband long for homemade bagels, I searched for and found a 3-pack of Red […]

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“Ocean Radish”: Collaborative Poetry with Samar Abulhassan & Sierra Nelson

At the beginning of Washington State’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, WITS Writers-in-Residence Samar Abulhassan and Sierra Nelson began sending letters to one another, filled with their daily observations and feelings during the pandemic. Their correspondence sparked “Ocean Radish,” this collaborative writing project which we are delighted to share with you today, followed by more […]

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An Interview with WITS Duo John McCartney and Arianne True

By Gabriela Denise Frank Poetry tills the soil of our hearts. By till, I mean cultivate. By cultivate, I mean poetry works the earth of our humanity. By work, I mean it disturbs the fallow routines of everyday life. Poetry breaks the crust of habit. It loosens old roots, amends the spirit with language, imagery, […]

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WITS Lesson: Turn a Video Conference Grid into Superhero Comics

Talk about taking creative constraints and turning them into inspiration! At the end of April, WITS writer David Lasky shared this exciting lesson prompt during a WITS meeting. He guided SAL staff members and fellow Writers-in-Residence through the creation of list poems, as the team looked at everyone’s faces through Zoom, and contemplated what we […]

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“El Amar Y El Querer,” by Marta Juárez-Aguilar

El Amar Y El Querer Es el cielo o el infierno Aquella voz como fuego Que consume mente y cuerpo Cenizas dejadas al viento Saberlo todo y vivir la nada Estar viva y morir viviendo Comprender, no comprendiendo Es el yugo que a mi mente mata Ligado al dueño del sentimiento Estar dormida y soñar […]

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The Home Library Reading Challenge

Many of us are searching for something we can hold onto right now. A sense of normality, the absence of fear, a story to escape in—a feeling that will extend us past our limitations, and past this seemingly never-ending month of physical distancing. As readers, we know we can find such a haven in the […]

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Legacy: The 2019/2020 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 inspiration from this year’s contest was drawn from Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, an epic historical novel that follows a Korean family over the […]

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Writing Prompt: Words and Images to Remember When Times Feel Overwhelming

Do you have a middle or high-schooler at home looking for learning opportunities? Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration for yourself? Today’s #SALMoment comes from WITS Writer-in-Residence Laura Da’, who shares a writing prompt for when times feel overwhelming. This lesson teaches us to center and focus, to become quiet and still, even though the […]

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WITS Voices: Do Writing Savants Exist?

By Peter Mountford, WITS Writer-in-Residence This year’s two-week fiction-writing residency—my ninth, I believe, with the eighth grade class at Blue Heron Middle School—was my favorite to date. There’s an inexplicable magic to these groups, something of a class culture, and some years, the students are more guarded, wary, and their writing reflects that. This year […]

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