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A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

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“I Remember,” by Julian Camba

A brown tree and its rough bark a boar with big tusks shifting through leaves my grandma strolling me through a park Singapore, and how it had so many trees When I wake up, when it’s still dark The bitterness of sour candy My grandma buying me sweets my grandma’s room, it was dandy my […]

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WITS Voices: The Ritual

By Naa Akua, WITS Writer-in-Residence When I was a student in elementary school, I was happy to not immediately start “working” as soon as we got to our desks. Since I went to Catholic school, the necessity of saying the “Our Father” and the Pledge of Allegiance were staples before “class” actually started. It was […]

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Time Flown

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. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, Paisley Rekdal will read at Hugo House. Tickets are still available! By Bill Carty, Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest Pythagoras’s greatest influence upon his […]

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Faces of SAL: Jennifer Leatherman Wong

Just because she’s one of the newest additions to the SAL Board doesn’t mean that writer Jennifer Leatherman Wong hasn’t been attending SAL events for years. Today, we’re delighted to share a Faces of SAL feature with Jennifer so you can get better acquainted. Read on to learn more about “The Great Black Swamp” that […]

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Reading Carmen Maria Machado’s “In the Dream House”

By Bianca Glinskas Carmen Maria Machado’s new work, In the Dream House, uses elements of creative nonfiction, fantasy, pulp fiction, and horror, and more. Each genre uses the capital ‘I’ as its powerful entry point to retell Carmen’s experiences in an abusive queer romantic partnership with somebody who shares the same gender identity. Buzzfeed News […]

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Winter Reads: SAL Staff Edition

What books did you gift this winter? While we love a good “Best of 2019” reading list (and share them with abandon), sometimes our favorite book recommendations come from taking a peek at the holiday shopping lists of avid readers. With that in mind, here is our compilation of 32 titles the SAL team gifted, […]

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Adam Davidson Answers Five Essential Questions about the Economy

By Rachel Bachler Planet Money. For many Americans, this National Public Radio program is a household name. But for those who find themselves less familiar with its creator, Adam Davidson, let us introduce you: he’s the economy guy. The award-winning co-founder of Planet Money, the former New York Times Magazine’s “It’s the Economy” columnist, and […]

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ArtsFund’s Favorite Reads of 2019

For 50 years, ArtsFund has been strengthening arts organizations like SAL through their grant-making, leadership, and advocacy, helping to secure the future for arts and culture across the Puget Sound region. In conjunction with their 50th anniversary, we’re excited to share some of the ArtsFund team’s favorite reads of 2019 below, including picks from staff […]

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The Best SAL Books For Every Reader in Your Life

By Rachel Bachler Unless you’re a direct descendant of the Oprah Winfrey gifting gods, chances are that around this time of year, you’ve found yourself hyperventilating in a) the hour-long line at the Starbucks register, waiting to pay for that same souvenir mug you bought Aunt Helen last year, or b) the labyrinth of Best […]

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Faces of SAL: Cali Kopczick

Cali Kopczick does it all: from house management to box office sales, you can spot her working at most of our events this season, so it’s high time we introduced her to you! As you’ll learn, Cali trains her cat, keeps all genres on rotation—see her picks for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction below—and one of […]

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