SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Unmastering English: On the Work of Cathy Park Hong

This essay is part of a series in which Seattle Arts & Lectures partners with Poetry Northwest to present reflections on visiting writers from SAL’s 2021/22 Season. On Friday, January 28, Cathy Park Hong will be in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo at Langston Performing Arts Institute, and the event will also be streamed live. Although […]

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Introductions: Bernardine Evaristo

By Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director I came to Bernardine Evaristo after she won the 2019 Booker Prize for her novel, Girl, Woman, Other. Her win was notable for several reasons. It was the first time that the Booker had been shared by two writers—Margaret Atwood was the other winner for The Testaments. Evaristo describes the […]

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“Truth” by WITS Student Suhayb Ismail

My name is truth … but you could call me right on my ancestors’ history, because being right is telling stories with meaning… Remember me.    I believe in equality for my brother’s children … I am built from glass which reflects truth and shatters with lies… Remember me.   I come from strength that my African ancestors have shown in true times of peril … My […]

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“Peace” by WITS Student Gwyneth Febus

Peace and I met at 2 in the morning with my head hanging out the window to catch snow on my tongue He was so cold and refreshing and new He breathed out white clouds And the light of the moon reflecting on his skin So I vowed to make him my friend Peace and […]

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Write It Out with SAL & Hugo House

Through our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program SAL empowers young people to discover and develop their authentic writing and performance voices—but we believe in the power of writing for people of all ages. In Seattle, we’re fortunate to have a diverse arts ecosystem, which includes several longtime literary arts organizations like SAL, our public […]

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“Dancing is My Passion” by WITS Student Ivy Lorca

Dancing is you with me floating on the sea with the sunshine on your face like you’re on stage with the lights on finding your way back but you can’t leave Dancing is like poetry: the song never ends Poetry is like the beat of the music when you dance like an echo of a […]

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When the Years are Gone: On “Playlist for the Apocalypse” by Rita Dove

This essay is part of a series in which Seattle Arts & Lectures partners with Poetry Northwest to present reflections on visiting writers from the SAL Poetry Series. On Friday, December 3, Rita Dove will read and discuss her work with Anastacia-Reneé at an online-only event. This event is available to attend online until December […]

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Faces of Bushwick: Matt Price

To celebrate our longtime partnership with Bushwick Book Club Seattle, we’re speaking with local musicians who have composed and performed songs inspired by the written works of SAL speakers. Learn about these hometown talents and discover their music in our Faces of Bushwick interview series. In this installment, we talk with singer songwriter Matt Price, who started out […]

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Introductions: Peter Wohlleben

By Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben describes what he found by listening to trees: “Puzzles and wonders… Daily dramas and moving love stories… Here is the last remaining piece of Nature, right on our doorstep, where adventures are to be experienced and secrets discovered.” For trees, being old […]

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What the SAL Staff is Reading (and Eating!): Fall Edition

In this edition of SAL Staff Reads, we turn our attention to Thanksgiving break, where our eleven team members answer the two most burning questions of the moment: what to eat—and what book to unwind with after the eating is done!  Piper Daugharty, WITS Program Associate I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire […]

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