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Introductions: Maggie Smith

By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL Associate Director Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry and just this fall, a book of micro-essays entitled Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. You might have first encountered Maggie through the poem, “Good Bones” which—let’s not say, went viral, let’s say, took hold, let’s say, […]

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Introductions: Madeline Miller

By Ruth Dickey, SAL Executive Director In one of my favorite passages in Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller writes of the first time that Patroclus hears Achilles play the lyre: His fingers touched the strings, and all my thoughts were displaced. The sound was pure and sweet as water, bright as lemons. It was like […]

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Maeve Kenney reads “Ars Poetica”

“There’s a reason Sappho wrote in her complex hexameter.” 2019/20 Youth Poet Laureate cohort member Maeve Kenney reads her poem “Ars Poetica,” which she performed before Madeline Miller’s 2020/21 Literary Arts Series event, presented on the digital SAL stage.

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“I Used to Own a Sky Full of Stars” by Luella Seamans

I am the breeze that hits you on a cold day I am the perfect but imperfect plant you try to grow I am the expected but unexpected snow on a chilling night I am the rain that disturbs a sunny day But I’m not the fresh-baked pie straight from the oven Or the perfect […]

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Faces of SAL: Jim Duncan

We have a few new faces on the SAL Board of Directors to introduce to you over the coming weeks! Most of our board members began their SAL journey the same way you did as readers and event-goers. Learn about the moments that inspired them to get involved more deeply, what they do, where they […]

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Still Loving the World: Kathleen Flenniken on Maggie Smith

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, January 22, Maggie Smith will read and discuss her work at 7:30 pm PST. Subscriptions and tickets to future events in the Poetry Series can […]

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A Decade of Letterpress: Ryan Polich

Each year, in a project led by Sierra Nelson and Ann Teplick of Writers in the Schools, and the School of Visual Concepts, long-term patients from Seattle Children’s Hospital and a team of letterpress artists join forces to create an extraordinary collection of handprinted, limited-edition broadsides. In 2020, the Letterpress Program at the School of Visual Concepts […]

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Thoughts on Yesterday

At the core of our mission is the belief that words matter. Yesterday, as we witnessed an insurrection and violence incited by the words of the president, that became yet again clear. What is also painfully clear is that the driving force behind this act was this country’s failure to renounce white supremacy—and it was […]

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Faces of SAL: Carolyn Ainslie

We have a few new faces on the SAL Board of Directors to introduce to you over the coming weeks! Most of our board members began their SAL journey the same way you did: as readers and event-goers. Learn about the moments that inspired them to get involved more deeply, what they do, where they […]

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“All Hail to the Calendar” by Emma Lynn Goodwin

Finally, we can say Happy New Year from SAL! As a good reminder that years come and go, here’s a poem written by fourth grader Emma Lynn Goodwin, from Salish Coast Elementary School, written as part of our Writers in the Schools program. All Hail to the Calendar All hail to the calendar. Yes, the […]

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