A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

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 Jenn St. Claire, SAL Board Member

Jenn St. Claire recently completed her third term on the SAL Board of Directors. We are so grateful to Jenn for her 9 years of generous and enthusiastic service! Lucky for us she has taken on a new role—she will be interviewing past SAL Board members in this space in the months to come. But, […]

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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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Faces of WITS: Arlene Naganawa

The ability to express oneself clearly, with strength and beauty, is essential to creating change. With each classroom visit, our WITS Writers-in-Residence—working with students across public schools in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region—provide new tools, perspectives, and attention to students to help them develop and express these lifelong literacy skills. WITS Writers also […]

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Introductions: Margaret Atwood

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director We are here tonight to celebrate the paperback release of Margaret Atwood’s riveting, Booker Prize-winning book, The Testaments. As the book begins, we hear from Aunt Lydia, who is writing of the corruption and excesses of Gilead. Lydia writes to a hopeful future reader, “I’ll stash this screed in […]

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“the ones left behind,” by Iris Worrall

the ones left behind i am the rocks you gathered and stuffed in your pocket the bubbles that escaped your mouth as you sunk to the bottom i am the faces they made when your body was dredged up from the lake the newspapers that told of your death bubbles escaped your mouth when you […]

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Ruth Dickey stands at a lectern speaking into the microphone while holding a piece of paper.

A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, In the first poem in 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee’s book, In the Footsteps of a Thousand Griefs, she writes:   Since then, I am always half-turned, wherever I go. Into classrooms, turning corners. On Metro buses or LINK trains. Walking to school in the soft wash of sun and dew or headed home, […]

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Liz Keenan is in a grassy field with a golden Labrador and a black Labrador

Faces of SAL: Liz Keenan

We are so fortunate to have a team of volunteers that give their time and skills to SAL. Liz Keenan is one such volunteer, and she has helped out in the SAL office for the past year; and, when we had to close the office due to COVID-19 and work from home, Liz was ready […]

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Summer Book Bingo: Books by Indigenous Authors

There are only three weeks left to play Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library, so be sure to get your card! Engage with other bingo players and find out their own reading adventures by using the hashtag #BookBingoNW2020 on social media. During this country’s history, 573 Tribal Nations […]

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2020 Summer Book Bingo: Mentioned in Another Book

Our volunteers love to read and play Summer Book Bingo, our free summer reading program with The Seattle Public Library, as much as we do! Download your card here. Engage with other bingo players and find out their own reading adventures by using the hashtag #BookBingoNW2020 on social media. Mary Kay Feather has volunteered for SAL for over […]

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