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Category: Hinge Series

The interesting arched stained glass window and columns of Town Hall are the focus of this image, with Hanif Abdurraqib small in the right corner, emphatically gesturing at a lectern with a book in his hand. He is wearing a graphic, long-sleeved tee and a baseball cap.

Introductions: Hanif Abdurraqib

On October 23 at Town Hall Seattle, Hanif Abdurraqib read from his latest collection, A Fortune For Your Disaster, and gave us all excellent writing-slash-life advice. SAL Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs introduced Hanif for this event, which was part of our 2019/20 Hinge Series. By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Associate Director We are honored to be the Seattle stop […]

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From left of right, Quenton Baker, Gianni Johnson, and Hanif Abdurraqib, stand on a dramatically purple-lit stage at Town Hall, with their arms all posed the same, clasped in front of their torsos. They all have serious expressions.

Listen to Hanif Abdurraqib Read a Poem by Mary Ruefle

Hanif Abdurraqib, for SAL’s Hinge Series on October 23, 2019, opened his reading with a poem from Mary Ruefle’s latest collection, Dunce—hear him read it again in the video above, and view the best snaps from the night! Mary Ruefle will be joining us this month as part of our Poetry Series on Thursday, November […]

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Gianni Johnson stands at the podium, smiling and speaking into a microphone, with one hand raised.

“Turf,” by Gianni Johnson

We don’t have to kill our environment to make beautiful things If life was on a dark path, should we continue on to see what life brings? Self-inspired hope after finding new ways to cope Dealing with demolition would leave one so pessimistic Watching it all fall then running off in the distance Returning to […]

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Anthony Ray Hinton’s Thirty Years on Death Row

“I would love to say that the state of Alabama made an honest mistake,” Anthony Ray Hinton began, addressing a packed house at Seattle First Baptist Church on April 30. “I wish I could look you in the eye and tell you that class and race had nothing to do with me spending thirty years […]

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Introductions: Anthony Ray Hinton

By Christina Gould, SAL Patron Services Manager A year ago, almost to the day, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the Equal Justice Initiative’s unveiling of the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It was there on a panel discussion, Reforming Criminal Justice in America, that […]

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“Shadow of the Mississippi,” by Da’Sund Fiir Heller

      Shadow of the Mississippi I fear the loss of such… reading For May falls into the hands of the river Against pressures of stream… then keeps flowing into thighs of the Mississippi… still Flowing Pushed and moved thru currents… ongoing A reading of true intention, to reach bank A slope of increase […]

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Learning from Hoaxes

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 30th, poet and nonfiction author Kevin Young will be presenting on his latest work, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, and in conversation with Seattle writer Melanie McFarland at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are just $10 as part of our 2017/18 Hinge Series, and they’re still available here or […]

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“Untitled Tags,” by Joseph Hairston, Seattle Youth Poet Ambassador

Untitled Tags Rest in Peace to Mike Brown 17-year-old graduate shot down In the middle of the street For a swisher sweet Complete chaos no peace When will we reach that day That day we don’t see color That day where we can all call each other sisters and brothers All across the globe we […]

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If You Like… You’ll Love: Discover New Authors

We’re just reminding you now: February is a hard month. By February, you’re already slipping with your New Year’s resolutions to get out there and see more art, to be part of more community conversations. You’ve got Valentine’s Day gift-giving panic and that what-do-I-have-to-look-forward-to-now? slump on the wrong side of the holiday season. Luckily, SAL has a stockpile […]

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