A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: Uncategorized

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

GiveBIG 2018 was a success!

Thank you to everyone that helped make GiveBIG 2018 a success. With the help of 27 generous donors, SAL raised $4,242.90! Thank you for believing in the power of words and making it possible to bring some of the most important writers and thinkers of our time to Seattle stages and classrooms. Your support ensures […]

Read More

Join us for SAL’s 2018/19 Season!

We’re thrilled to announce select speakers for our 2018/19 Literary Arts Series and our brand new three-part Journalism Series. The Literary Arts Series presents original talks with the leading fiction and non-fiction writers of our time. To respond to the moment, this year’s Literary Arts Series will feature a line-up of all female writers. World-renowned presidential […]

Read More

Welcome to Seattle Arts & Lectures’ New Website

After years of dreaming and planning, and months of implementation, we are thrilled to welcome you to SAL’s new digital home! The new was made possible through a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, a pool of benevolent SAL individual donors, and the Nesholm Family Foundation. A partnership with the local design […]

Read More

SAL’s Gift Guide for Literature Lovers

Still searching for the perfect gift for the voracious reader in your life? We’ve got a few suggestions they’ll flip for – and we don’t just mean flipping pages!   SAL Flex Pass Give them the gift of conversation, connection, and inspiration. Only available until noon on December 23, SAL’s 4-Part Flex Pass gives you […]

Read More

Open Books store window

National Poetry Month at Open Books!

Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle’s beloved poetry-only bookstore, has been celebrating National Poetry Month like mad all April. If you’ve missed the first three weeks of contests, prompts, parties, and displays, you have one more week – and so many ways – to celebrate National Poetry Month alongside them and to support this local, independent treasure. […]

Read More

On Ross Gay and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

By Gabrielle Bates I feel like a different type of tenderness might be emerging.—Ross Gay When Ross Gay read for the SAL Poetry Series last week, it was exactly what I needed. I dare say it was exactly what we all needed. All of us streaming into that auditorium from the cold—carrying our bodies quickly, […]

Read More

A SAL Love Story: Dana & John

Forget Tinder—from friendships to loveships, SAL’s been bringing folks together for almost thirty years now through good books and good conversation. That why, this Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring one couple – Dana Bettinger and John Jacobs – who have been long-time friends of SAL. We asked them to share their SAL love story, including what role reading […]

Read More