SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

“To travel is to be a passenger whose” by Adhya Kona

To travel is to be a passenger whose Memory is something that follows us where our lives themselves cannot. Personhood in motion is merely moment, after moment, after all; pieces of ourselves we put together and craft a vessel out of to take us from place to place. Like the mythic Ark, the stories that […]

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“Their Name” by Ratticus Cofer

Their Name Once upon a time their name was annoying and fake. Maddie was a coward, she was an outcast, a mistake. She trusted people blindly, as a result she was contorted. And who is she to blame except herself for the exploited. But now you call them Ratticus, a kid lost in abyss. They’re […]

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“American Poetry” by Zinnia Hansen

American Poetry I imagine my brand-new copy of The Best American Poetry 2021 lying stiff and silent after the apocalypse. I’d like to remain conservative a little longer. save seed for winter. watch it sprout in the spring. I break bread by myself, sitting on the floor, hunched over by the fire, like God’s lap […]

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An Illustration From Ruth Ozeki’s Event

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know Tessa Hulls, the “SAL Official Doodler” and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Feeding Ghosts (MCD Books, 2023). We were so lucky that Tessa attended our Encore Series event with Ruth Ozeki on March 18, 2023, and captured the evening in doodle form! Take a peek […]

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“praise poem” by DJ Sawyer

praise poem   i praise my street smarts. i praise the ability to tell right from wrong and knowing when to do the wrong things for the right reasons. i praise my book smarts. i praise my ability to form eloquent sentences with a metaphor and a simile that has everyone confused. i praise my […]

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“the poet” by Aamina Mughal

the poet this is you on your knees, surreal roses unfurled in a ghastly inversion at your feet. you balled your fists and balled your eyes out while you were patted on the back, like the ancient, quranic rage in your head could be tapped out. you are on your knees. you thought what a […]

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“Simply Just Existing” by Simran Krishnamurthy

Simply Just Existing Life as an observer, mine not yours. As you get to play the game at its fullest. But I am a human after all, built to play the role I must. I am the quiet eye behind the window, only looking in. But here I am once again, second best. Only another […]

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“The Wizard of Bygone Boulevard” by Jo Chick and “Arizonia Phoenixen” by Michael Anthony Xavier Lewin, Jr.

“The Wizard of Bygone Boulevard” by Jo Chick Bygone boulevard was by no means a lively place, considering its inhabitants consisted of geriatric witches and wizards. For most of Bygone’s residents, existence was exasperating. The new world of technology ferociously and ravenously destroyed the prior meanings and values one would live for, that of magic. […]

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The Many Desires of Kate Baer

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 Thursday, March 2, Kate Baer will read and discuss her work in conversation with Rebecca Hoogs at Rainier Arts Center, at 7:30 pm (PT). Tickets to […]

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An Illustration From Krista Tippett & Isabel Wilkerson’s Event

If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know Tessa Hulls, the “SAL Official Doodler” and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Feeding Ghosts (MCD Books, 2023). We were so lucky that Tessa attended our event in collaboration with the On Being Project on February 15, 2023, and captured the evening in doodle form! Take a […]

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