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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

“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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Tech Tips for Words Matter 2021

Welcome to your step-by-step guide to accessing Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Words Matter 2021 livestream program on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT)! The SAL team is happy to assist you with any trouble you may encounter in connecting to our live program, but before you reach out, we recommend reading this troubleshooting guide […]

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“Until I Saw the Sea” by Anna Johnson

Until I saw the sea, I did not know how much the sea sparkled and how many animals roamed. Until I saw the sea, I did not know what it felt like to be closed up under the watery bed. But then I felt it: the feeling I wanted to know, that the sea is […]

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Bookshop Superheroes: Third Place Books

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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Looking for creative writing summer camps?

This summer, many of our talented WITS Writers-in-Residence will be leading Scribes Summer Camps with our community partner, Hugo House! Young writers, grades 5-12, will have the opportunity to participate in week-long, all-day camps in which they can safely focus on, dig deep into, and nurture their inner writer. Our WITS writers, as well as […]

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Victor Xia reads “Party Circa 1952”

  2020/21 Youth Poet Digital Engagement Ambassador Victor Xia reads his poem “Party Circa 1952,” which he performed before Ibram X. Kendi’s 2020/21 Literary Arts Series event, presented on the virtual SAL stage.

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Words Matter 2021 Dinner Options

Thank you for joining us for Words Matter 2021! Make your evening extra special with dinner options from four of our favorite local, neighborhood restaurants: Marjorie Restaurant, The Whale Wins, Archipelago, and Wild Ginger Bellevue. Scroll down or click on the restaurant of your choice below for menu options, and order directly from the restaurant […]

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