coming up

August 13, 2021

Seattle Arts & Lectures has some terrific programming lined up for the months ahead. Among other speakers and performances, SAL will present poets Maggie Nelson, Kaveh Akbar, Sherwin Bitsui & Kenzie Allen, Rita Dove, Cathy Park Hong, and Don Mee Choi.

Venues vary; as of this writing, some presentations will be in person, some online. See the SAL site for details and ticketing information.

powerful young voices

June 22, 2020

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify youth writers and leaders committed to poetry, performance, civic and community engagement, education, and equity across the Puget Sound region. Seattle Arts & Lectures has posted a video gallery celebrating the achievements of 2019/20 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei Lee, and the public release of her first poetry collection, In the Footsteps of a Thousand Griefs (Poetry NW Editions).

The gallery also honors the incoming 2020/21 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate cohort in a series of videos featuring 2020/21 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Bitaniya Giday; the 2020/21 Seattle Youth Poet Ambassadors Helena Goos, Nathalie M., Victor Xia; and the 2020/21 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort members Sylvester Gross, Maeve Kenney, Violet Keteyian, Clarissa Perez, Lucia Santos, Connor Simon, and Hazel Windstorm.

Listen & learn.

new season!

July 9, 2018

The Seattle Arts & Lectures 2018/2019 season events are now posted and available for subscription.

The Poetry Series will feature

  • Alice Walker – October 4, 2018
  • Danez Smith – November 26, 2018
  • Solmaz Sharif – February 11, 2019
  • Ilya Kaminsky – April 1, 2019
  • HERE: Poems for the Planet, featuring Kimiko Hahn & friends – April 25, 2019
  • Jericho Brown – May 21, 2019

These events often sell out, and Poetry is just one of the series on offer. Visit the SAL Subscriptions page for more information.

have you seen this?

June 12, 2017

SAL Poetry

The 2017-2018 lineup for the Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series is now posted and tickets are on sale. There are six events between October and May, featuring speakers Stephen (Steph) Burt; A.E. Stallings; Gregory Orr; Tyehimba Jess; Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Javier Zamora; and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The SAL Literary Arts Series features another six lectures. Get these on your calendar, and get your tickets before they sell out!

Seattle Youth Poet LaureateIf you — or someone you know — is age 14-19, a Seattle resident and a poet, applications for the next Seattle Youth Poet Laureate will be accepted through Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Youth Poet Laureate receives a book deal from Penmanship Books and performs and tours the city at a variety of events throughout the year. Find the application and program details on Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers In The Schools (WITS) page and follow the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate on Facebook.

Seattle YPLOakland has one. Denver has one. Vashon has two. Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia each have one. So it’s about time Seattle named a Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) of its own.

A joint program of Urban Word NYC and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program (SAL/WITS) with support from Northwest Folklife, Penmanship Books and the Academy of American Poets, Seattle YPL is now accepting applications from “young poets, rappers, leaders and activists ages 14-19 from across Seattle who are interested in representing the city as the inaugural Seattle Youth Poet Laureate.”

The winning poet will make numerous appearances over the next year and also win a book deal with Penmanship Books to publish their first collection of poems.

The application deadline is Friday, April 24, 2015. To download an informational PDF and application, see the Call for Submissions on the Seattle Arts & Lectures WITS page. Visit Seattle YPL on Facebook, too. Spread the word.

new SAL series

July 19, 2014

SAL Poetry

Details about the 2014-2015 Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series are now available on the SAL website, where you can also purchase tickets. In addition to a stellar lineup of readings/conversations and lectures, this year’s program includes master classes with Matthea Harvey and Lucie Brock-Broido.

The Seattle Arts & Lectures Literary\Arts Series is also posted and features speakers James McBride, Colm Tóibín, Ruth Ozeki, Sheri Fink, Cheryl Strayed and Frank Bruni.

SAL Poetry

The Seattle Times today published the list of poets scheduled for the Seattle Arts & Lectures 2014-2015 season. They include Ted Kooser, Sherman Alexie, Timothy Donnelly and Terrance Hayes. Two more events will be announced later this month. The series has a new venue this year: Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center.

See the Seattle Times for dates as well as information about speakers for the Literary Arts series. Ticketing information has not yet been posted on the SAL website, but watch for details; these events often sell out.

Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) has another impressive season of poets scheduled for 2014. The lineup includes Bob Hicok, Christine Deavel & J.W. Marshall, Anne Carson, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jorie Graham, Stephen Dunn and Dorothea Lasky. You can purchase individual tickets, the full series or a flex-four ticket, which can be used singly or in multiples for any presentations in the series. See the SAL Poetry Series page for dates, full descriptions and ticketing information.

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