The SAL Gala: Words Bloom

The SAL Gala: Words Bloom

Past Event: Friday, March 24, 2023

At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

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In Person

Please join us for an evening of revelry and literary flourishing at Seattle Arts & Lectures’ annual gala, Words Bloom, and help us raise $375,000 to continue fulfilling our mission! Together, we’ll celebrate 35 years of cultivating transformative experiences through story and language with our community.

The event will feature a lively reception and elegant multi-course dinner, an engaging program featuring a Q&A with special guest author Timothy Egan and readings from writers in our youth programs, and a live and online silent auction of irresistible literary experiences and treasures.

Cocktail attire. Blooms encouraged!


6 PM | Registration, reception, and Blind Date with a Book

7 PM | Dinner, Q&A with special guest author Timothy Egan,
youth poets reading, and live auction

9:30 PM | Event concludes



View the full menu here!



Our 2023 SAL Gala Silent Auction will take place online during the week of the gala. You’ll be able to bid on irresistible literary delights, whether you’re attending the gala in-person or supporting SAL from the comfort of your home. More details to come.


Funds raised from the SAL Gala support SAL’s youth programs—Writers in the Schools and the Youth Poet Laureate program—and help bring inspiring, dynamic writers and thinkers to Seattle stages and screens, while making our programs accessible to all.



Our 2023 SAL Gala Committee

Susan Long-Walsh, Co-Chair
Jennifer Leatherman Wong, Co-Chair

Debra D. Dahlen | Val Ellis | Sunny Hong
Monica Huntsberry | Chris Nishiwaki
Eric Gerard Parsons | Nicole Walters


Our SAL Board of Directors

Lauri Conner, President
Kiran Griffith, Vice President
Carolyn Ainslie, Treasurer
Leigh Toner, Secretary

Karen Maeda Allman | Candace Barron | Stesha Brandon
Melanie Curtice | Debra D. Dahlen | Jim Duncan
Daphne Ming Durham | Patricia Kiyono | Susan Long-Walsh
Kelli Martin | Eric Gerard Parsons | Ben Rankin
Chuck Stempler | Sheehan Sullivan | Nicole Y. Walters
Jennifer Leatherman Wong



As a SAL Gala sponsor, your company will enjoy visibility with over 300 event attendees and with SAL’s nearly 30,000 patrons around the greater Seattle area and beyond. A sponsorship is a unique opportunity to show your support for the literary arts and youth literacy in one of the top literary and most well-read cities in the country, according to multiple national rankings.

For more information about sponsorships, contact Events & Annual Giving Manager Woogee Bae at or (206) 621-2230 x23.

Event Details

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

99 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

Valet parking will be available at the Four Seasons at a special discounted rate of $35 for the evening. Alternately, parking is available for $10 after 5 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center Garage across the street on Union Street between First and Second Avenues adjacent to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) building.