SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Go Inside a WITS Classroom Visit with Robin Wall Kimmerer

In April, a group of students from Big Picture High School had a soul-enriching conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, in which they discussed writing, attention, and care and nurturing for and from the Earth. SAL’s Spotlight Author visits, held through our Writers in the Schools program, connect young public school writers in WITS classrooms with […]

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“Gears of Time, Cogs of Life” by Finnegan Fant

Gears of time, cogs of life home is the trees rushing by as I speed down a mountain, the scent of pine sap as I leave the ground, the shocks of a downhill bike absorbing force as I slam back down to earth. Home is my dad coming home after months on a halibut schooner […]

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“The Classroom is the Beach” by Violet Hilgenberg

Stools are crabs that crawl across the carpet sands Chairs are the horses that once rose from the sea Tables are the rocks that the stools hid under to escape from the projector that is a white snake hunting for prey Violet Hilgenberg, of Lafayette Elementary School, read this poem to open our 2020/21 Literary […]

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Bookshop Superheros: Edmonds Bookshop

Bookstore workers and owners have been absolute essential workers during this pandemic—heroes on the frontlines of our mental health. After those first months when reading felt really hard, when the doom-scrolling kept us in our lizard brains, books were there waiting for us in all their analog selves. Books, as one 2020 Summer Book Bingo player said, […]

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Bookshop Superheros: Queen Anne Book Company

Bookstore workers and owners have been absolute essential workers during this pandemic—heroes on the frontlines of our mental health. After those first months when reading felt really hard, when the doom-scrolling kept us in our lizard brains, books were there waiting for us in all their analog selves. Books, as one 2020 Summer Book Bingo player said, […]

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

A Last Letter From Ruth

Dear friends,  I arrived at SAL in the summer of 2013, and my very first SAL event was Malcolm Gladwell at Town Hall. I was so nervous that Rebecca basically had to push me out onto the stage to introduce him; I put my remarks in a heavy file folder so no one would see my […]

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“Help” by Paul Yoon

don’t forget the day students left this          earth 250 teens don’t have a future their future 􀁌􀁑􀁛􀁉􀁘􀁘􀁍􀁉􀁚􀁍􀁌 like a mist their last cries help        vanished it          wasn’t         there droplets           of           tears from    […]

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A Book in a Tree Is a Love Poem and Also Not a Love Poem

This essay is part of a series in which Poetry Northwest partners with Seattle Arts & Lectures to present reflections on SAL’s visiting poets. On Friday, April 30, Natalie Diaz will read and discuss her work at 7:30 pm (PDT)—tickets are still available! By Laura Da’, WITS Writer-in-Residence Featuring work by Helena Goos, Lucia Santos, Nathalie Marver-Kwon, Hazel […]

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Introductions: Robin Wall Kimmerer

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director In one of the essays in Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about remembering the rituals with which her parents began days, saying, “Ceremonies large and small have the power to focus attention to a way of living awake in the world.” And in this sense of ceremony as […]

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Get to Know SAL’s Interim Executive Director, Rebecca Hoogs

By Gabriela Denise Frank “I’m a better person when I’m writing more because I’m paying attention,” poet Rebecca Hoogs told me. “I’m attuned to the world.” For the past eight years, Rebecca has served as the Associate Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, though she’s been with the organization for the past seventeen years in […]

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