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Accessibility at SAL Events: A Primer

Seattle Arts & Lectures is committed to making our spaces and events accessible to all. We want to make positive adjustments so that our patrons’ experiences are the best they can be. Did you know, for instance, that if you’re attending a SAL lecture and require seating near the stage to accommodate your needs, but […]

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SAL’s Partner Restaurants: 9 Delicious Reasons to Subscribe

Being a SAL subscriber means saying “yes” to a year-long conversation with new and favorite authors, fellow readers, and your own bookshelf. But it also means saying “yes” to some great subscriber perks, including 10% off of books at local independent bookstores, free ticket exchanges, select “bring a friend” vouchers, and more. “More” includes a roster of discounts at […]

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“Family,” by Omar Shamdeen

Family I remember when I visited my country Kurdistan, in Iraq. I was eleven. Me, my brother and my parents had to sleep At both of my grandparents’ houses. I remember we decided to stay, which ended up Being for four years. I remember the doctors said we had to go back To the United […]

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Introductions: Solmaz Sharif

On June 3, 2019, we had the pleasure of welcoming poet Solmaz Sharif to the SAL stage—or rather, re-welcoming, as her initially-scheduled appearance in February was cancelled due to one of the worst Seattle snowstorms in years. SAL Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs gave this introduction to start the evening, and, after Sharif’s reading, the poet […]

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WITS Voices: A Place for Song in the Poetry Classroom

By Jeanine Walker, WITS Writer-in-Residence The recording is slightly muffled, but I still find its magic moments audible: during the first full practice of a new song, 6- and 7-year-olds recite lyrics right before the guitar starts, and one child exclaims, “We’re recording!” My WITS class at Alki Elementary began at ten a.m., as I […]

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“Blessing to Mom,” by Nyomi Bennett

May you buy clothes that keep me warm day and night. May you create a strong roof over my head so I will be happy. May you tuck me into bed, every night and never forget. May you travel the world to make your magical sparkly dreams come true. May you dance all night with […]

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An Interview with Queen Anne Book Company

What book nerd hasn’t fantasized about life as a bookseller? In this behind-the-scenes interview with Janis Segress, co-owner of Queen Anne Book Company, we learn what makes their store different, how one gets into the bookselling business, and what sparks joy about the job. Since childhood, Janis Segress dreamed of owning her own bookstore. In […]

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Shifting Your Perspective: Abstract Doodles and Visual Thinking

By Greg Stump, WITS Writer-in-Residence   A few years ago, I was browsing in a used bookstore when I came across a slim little offering from 1955 called Oodles of Droodles, by a cartoonist named Roger Price. The book is a compilation of minimalist doodles, each one paired up with a jokey title caption that […]

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WITS Voices: There is More to Color

By Karen Finneyfrock, WITS Writer-in-Residence Colors are evocative and emotional. Elementary age students love to talk about their favorite colors, their least favorite colors, the best colors and the most wretched ones. Discussions about colors can become heated! So when I bring in color samples from the hardware store and assign a color for each […]

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Barbara Kingsolver’s Promise of Openness

On Thursday, October 25, SAL crossed a top line off its Literary Arts bucket list—we were so lucky to have the singular Barbara Kingsolver on stage and in conversation. She spoke with Executive Director Ruth Dickey about everything that’s been on her mind lately, from the letters of Mary Treat, the female scientist and colleague […]

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