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“I am,” by WITS Student Mohammed AlShubayli

Mohammed AlShubayli wrote “I am” while he was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with WITS Writer-in-Residence Sierra Nelson. His poem was made into a broadside designed and printed by artist Juliet Shen, in partnership with the School of Visual Concepts. We hope you will join us next Thursday, January 14 from 6-8 p.m., at Cupcake Royale on Capitol […]

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From the Archive: “Are You There, Judy Blume? It’s Me, Rachel”

This essay was commissioned by SAL on the occasion of our program featuring Judy Blume in the 2014/15 Literary Arts Series, on June 11, 2015, written by WITS Writer-in-Residence Rachel Kessler. By Rachel Kessler, WITS Writer-in-Residence Are You There, God? It’s Me, the Shy “Early-Bloomer” is the book I’d like Judy Blume to write next. By […]

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What SAL’s Reading: Best of 2015

Just before 2016 begins to reveal all of the new places literature will take us, we asked SAL staff, WITS Writers and board members to share the best books they read in 2015, to continue our What SAL’s Reading series. While preferences varied widely, the most oft-cited titles included one of SAL’s most memorable speakers this […]

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What SAL’s Reading: Winter Break Edition

“So, what was going on the week before Thanksgiving?” This is the question I anticipate coming from my husband, when we wait to board our plane to Santa Fe for the holidays tomorrow. It will be provoked when I pull The New Yorker out of my bag, which will be from the week of November […]

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Introductions: Srikanth Reddy at McCaw Hall

On December 1, SAL Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs introduced Srikanth Reddy‘s thought-provoking lecture, “Like a Very Strange Likeness and Pink,” a talk that examined the question of likeness. Reddy spoke as part of a co-presentation of SAL’s Poetry Series and the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Associate Director It is a delight to introduce […]

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WITS Voices: Tall Tales for Short Writers

By Karen Finneyfrock, WITS Writer-in-Residence In researching lesson ideas for a new WITS residency focused on tall tales, I Googled, “exaggeration for kids.” The top hits all advertised tips on getting your child to stop exaggerating. What better indication that tall tales would be perfect stories for fourth graders? Kids love to exaggerate! Tall tales […]

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Five Questions: Pam Jolley, SAL Board President

By Simon Tran, Development Intern As Development Intern at Seattle Arts & Lectures, much of my time is spent writing grant renewals and working on mailings (lots of mailings…). Having major holidays fall during the duration of this internship, I’ve had practice folding letters and working a magical machine that meters the postage. But I […]

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“Black,” by WITS Student Anisa Rae Robinson

Black My color is the color of absence, silence. The memory of something you thought was there, but now it’s gone. The color of your mind when you’re in a deep rest. The color of shadows that follow you everywhere you go. My color tastes bitter and icky. My color is lovely. My color is […]

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WITS Voices: The Persona Poem and Fourth Graders

By Kathleen Flenniken, WITS Writer-in-Residence One of the most important attributes of art, and especially poetry, is the way it opens a door into another person’s life experience. A poem—a mere few lines sometimes—can create a more empathetic reader for life. My fourth grade students at View Ridge Elementary had the chance to “pretend” to […]

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