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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Announcing SAL’s New Executive Director!

Dear SAL community, After a six-month national search, it is with tremendous pleasure that we are announcing today the SAL Board of Directors has named Rebecca Hoogs as Seattle Arts & Lectures’ new Executive Director. Rebecca has worked passionately on behalf of SAL’s mission and community for the past seventeen years, bringing a love for language, literature, […]

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Introductions: Lauren Groff

By Rebecca Hoogs, Interim Executive Director It is a great honor to begin our 2021/22 Literary Arts Series with Lauren Groff, and I am especially grateful to Lauren for joining us in-person and online tonight. We are here to celebrate the publication of her latest book, Matrix, which was just short-listed for the National Book […]

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There’s the Overthrow and There’s the Rebuild

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 Friday, October 15, Kaveh Akbar read and discussed his work with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha at the Hugo House. This event is still available to attend online until October 22 […]

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Introductions: Kaveh Akbar

By Rebecca Hoogs, Interim Executive Director A couple of years ago, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and I were talking about dream poets to bring to the Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series, and Kaveh Akbar was one of those dreams. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, had just been published to great acclaim. Steph […]

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“Not Good at Grieving” by WITS Student Delilah Ivanek

i don’t think i’m good at grieving. not my dead friend, not the versions of me that i’ve grown out of, and especially not the life i had before. i’ve been sitting here for thirty seven minutes trying to write. my h key is broken and there are tears on my cheek and my back […]

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Bookshop Superheroes: Oh Hello Again

In appreciation of our local indies who have reinvented their processes and protocols during the past year in the service of getting the just-right book into the just-right hands, our Bookshop Superheroes blog series features interviews with our partner bookstores.  This week, we’re featuring Oh Hello Again, our neighbor on 15th Ave. E., who is […]

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Faces of Bushwick: Nick Droz

To celebrate our longtime partnership with Bushwick Book Club Seattle, we’re speaking with local musicians who have composed and performed songs inspired by the written works of SAL speakers. Learn about these hometown talents and discover their music in our Faces of Bushwick interview series. In this installment, we talk with singer-songwriter Nick Droz, who is handy with […]

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Parting Thoughts From Summer Book Bingo Readers

As Summer Book Bingo kicked off in May, many of us were poised for a Hot Vax Summer. In the Pacific Northwest it was hot alright, complete with cracked asphalt on the highways and wildfire smoke that reached all the way to the East Coast. While the dueling fronts of the pandemic and the climate […]

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Introductions: Anthony Doerr

By Rebecca Hoogs, Interim Executive Director The last time Anthony Doerr spoke for Seattle Arts & Lectures was in the fall of 2015, just a few months after All the Light We Cannot See had won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was one of those nights that was so spectacular that I joked SAL […]

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“The Church of Movement” by WITS Student Dorian Hayes

prayer is when you’re fourteen years old riding the bus home from a protest that ended two hours too late and the cops running after your friends because when you’re sitting in that bus seat humming the lines to the song you were singing but didn’t learn an old woman will sit next to you […]

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