SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

An Interview with Laura Da’ & Arianne True, Co-Mentors of Seattle’s Youth Poet Laureate Program

By Gabriela Denise Frank  As our nation’s underpinnings come under greater scrutiny, I’ve been in a parallel process of personal inquiry, digging into generational and cultural foundations that have shaped my writing practice and relationship to art-making, capitalism, and self-worth. You know, easy, light stuff. Months of reflection have revealed how my upbringing isn’t a […]

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Ruth Dickey stands at a lectern speaking into the microphone while holding a piece of paper.

A Letter from Ruth

Dear friends, As we nervously count down to the election, watch Coronavirus cases around the world climb steadily higher, and settle into the rain and dark, we’re all holding a steady drumbeat of unease. I truly hope this letter finds you healthy and finding things that bring comfort amidst the seemingly never-endingness of, well, everything. This […]

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To Be in the Truth of Us: Dujie Tahat on Claudia Rankine’s “Just Us”

This essay is part of a series in which Poetry Northwest partners with Seattle Arts & Lectures to present reflections on visiting writers from the SAL Poetry Series. On Friday, September 25, Claudia Rankine read and discussed her work in conversation with Douglas Kearney. Listen to a recording of it on KUOW’s Speakers Forum. Tickets […]

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Faces of SAL: Vicki Glant

By Jenn St. Claire, SAL Board Alumnus What an over the moon, joyful, and educational experience it was interviewing Vicki Glant, who partnered with Sherry Prowda back in 1989 to help realize Sherry’s dream of starting a literary arts organization in Seattle. Vicki was one of the original three board members of SAL, along with […]

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Faces of WITS: Ann Teplick

Not only do WITS Writers-in-Residence work with students in public schools across Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region—they’re also placed in the school at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where they work with young patients who are writing about their experiences and becoming the author of their own lives. Ann Teplick is a poet, playwright, and […]

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Faces of SAL: Cara Sutherland

From brochures to invitations to chapbooks and more, freelance graphic designer Cara Sutherland of Running Double Creative has been the big dreamer and doer behind much of SAL’s print and digital media for the past two seasons. We’re so happy to feature her and some of the highlights from her design life, reading life—and even […]

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Introductions: Tana French in Conversation with Ruth Ware

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director We are here tonight to celebrate the publication of Tana French’s eagerly anticipated new novel, The Searcher. I will confess that Tana French is one of the writers I’d been hearing everyone from Nancy Pearl to a childhood friend rave about for years but hadn’t yet read until this […]

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“To Roam” by Asher McCracken

To roam the lost streets of words where you hear things you can never have heard on the surface Some smooth and fast, others loud and dangerous. You’re on earth within a library, a city within a book and the clouds are just jumblings of punctuation. To play in an abandoned metropolis wondering why everyone […]

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An Essay from “Seismic” by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

This essay appears in Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, an anthology edited by Kristen Millares Young, featuring writers from all across the city. Seattle was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017 and has been working as part of the international network since then. Seismic is a collection that asks writers to consider what […]

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Faces of WITS: Corinne Manning

Our WITS Writers-in-Residence work with students across public schools in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region to provide new tools, perspectives, and attention to students to help them develop and express lifelong literacy skills. WITS Writers also connect and inspire teachers, invigorate teacher practices, and help make our public schools as vibrant and creative […]

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