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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

WITS Voices: “She Does Not Know Her Beauty”

By Daemond Arrindell, WITS Writer-in-Residence “She does not know her beauty” is one of the first lines in a poem by singer-songwriter and performance poet Iyeoka Okoawo that I use as a mentor text in a lesson I facilitate about reclamation. Iyeoka is a Black woman of Nigerian descent from Boston. The poem provides a […]

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“Making a Poem Helps You Grow Up”—The WITS Year-End Readings

Because so much of the work of our Writers in the Schools program happens behind the curtain—in public school rooms and hospital rooms, in notebooks and on sheets of scrap paper, in classroom anthologies and letterpress broadsides—it’s always a remarkable moment when students take the stage at our Year End Readings. Across two nights of […]

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“My Ode to an ICU Bed,” by Nico Tobias

I really like the ICU beds. They remind me of my pillow. They’re always unpredictable — when you turn the head down, the back will inflate, when someone sits down on the edge, it will deflate, when someone stands up, it will inflate, if you set something on the bed that shouldn’t be there, it […]

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Let the Record Reflect: Songs from Bushwick/SAL Partner-Events

By Wes Weddell, Associate Director of The Bushwick Book Club For the fourth season of partner-events between Seattle Arts & Lectures and The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, the two organizations set a goal to record as many of the songs—created by Bushwick artists inspired by SAL’s lineup and premiered at author-events—as possible. With the season […]

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3 Questions: Julieta Vitullo, Our New WITS Program Associate

Meet Julieta Vitullo, our brand new Writers in the Schools Program Associate! Julieta, who will be engaging with WITS schools, writers, teachers, and families throughout the year to celebrate the work of WITS students in the region, has twenty years of teaching under her belt. A woman of many talents, she’s also a writer, playwright, […]

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2019 Summer Book Bingo: Start Your Next Square

By Danielle Palmer-Friedman Your first #BookBingoNW2019 square is seemingly the easiest to knock out: the board dancing in front of you, all of your options open, untouched. But after you’ve crossed the first category off your list, what should you read next? The forever-growing stack of books at your bedside table looms, almost toppling over […]

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2019 Summer Book Bingo: SAL Speaker Square

By Brooke Densmore Williams, Summer Book Bingo Player I look forward to Summer Book Bingo every year, and 2019 marks my fourth year of filling my book bingo card with books written by black, indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA+, and  womxn-identifying authors. I have always been an avid reader, but I easily get into reading patterns and […]

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SAL Success Guide to Book Bingo

By Danielle Palmer-Friedman The game is underway, and we’re set to read, play, and win. Here are some handy tips & tricks on how to master the 2019 Book Bingo Board this summer, straight from the SAL office:   Use sticky-notes flags as markers, instead of writing the title directly on your board. The only […]

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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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