Literary\Arts Series: Food writer Amanda Hesser at Benaroya Hall JAN 24, 2012

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Literary\Arts Series continues with co-founder and award-winning food writer Amanda Hesser at Benaroya Hall on March 8, 2012, at 7:30pm. The evening will include a Q&A led by Seattle food writer and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg.

SAL U Takes on Fashion with "Eternity in a Ruffle: Fashion in Art, Art in Fashion DEC 13, 2011

Seattle Arts & Lectures continues its popular SAL U (formerly Wednesday University) series in January 2012 with Eternity in a Ruffle: Fashion in Art, Art in Fashion. Co-presented with Henry Art Gallery and led by UW Associate Professor Jessica Burstein. Eternity in a Ruffle kicks off January 19, 2012, at 7pm in the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium.

WITS Spotlight: An Interview with Kathleen Flenniken

At View Ridge Elementary, Kathleen Flenniken teaches poetry as a part of Writers in the Schools (WITS). Flenniken works with the entire 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, which means she has the opportunity to see the same students grow and change year after year. Flenniken says “they’re really developing a mind for metaphor right when I have them. I can see them learning to make connections; I watch their brains click into this other mode. Each year they’re better equipped. By 5th grade I barely have to tell them what to do.” 

SAL Presents: Pico Iyer at Town Hall Seattle

Seattle Arts & Lectures is pleased to bring travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer to Town Hall Seattle on January 25, 2012 at 7:30pm. Iyer will discuss his new book, The Man Within My Head. In this book, Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. 

Save the Date! 2012 Words Matter Benefit DEC 8, 2011

The date is set for SAL's 2012 Words Matter Benefit - February 29, 2012 in the Grand Room at the W Seattle. Featuring Copper Canyon Press poet Ed Skoog and local novelist and author of Bordersongs Jim Lynch.

We hope you will join us for this unique and engaging event. Your generosity helps us foster a lifelong love of words through our programs: Literary\Arts and Poetry Series, SAL Presents, SAL U, and Writers in the Schools.

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Writers in the Schools Begins 3rd Year in Port Townsend NOV 22, 2011

Seattle Arts & Lectures, Centrum, and the Port Townsend School District are collaborating for a 3rd year to bring professional creative writers from the Seattle area to Port Townsend to work with the entire student population at Blue Heron Middle School, as well as with two classes at Port Townsend High School

SAL presents poet Terrance Hayes at Benaroya Hall

Seattle Arts & Lectures closes out 2011 with the next event in the Poetry Series, African-American poet Terrance Hayes in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 7:30pm. Hayes has published several books of poetry, including Lighthead (2010), Wind in a Box (2006), Hip Logic (2002), and Muscular Music (1999). Lighthead was named the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010, and Hip Logic won the 2001 National Poetry Series.

SAL Presents Veteran Journalist Tom Brokaw

Seattle Arts & Lectures closes November with a very special event – SAL Presents Tom Brokaw at Benaroya Hall on November 30, 2011, at 7:30pm. Brokaw will be interviewed live on stage by David Boardman, Executive Editor of the Seattle Times.

Introducing the all-new SAL Flex Pass

The SAL Flex Pass offers maximum flexibility, with savings of as much as 30% over single tickets and full subscriber benefits. No need to choose your events now – the Flex Pass entitles you to six admissions applied however you choose. Makes a great gift!

A letter from Poetry Series Curator Rebecca Hoogs OCT 31, 2011

There are so many great poets writing today. You must wonder: how do I ever choose? The story of how a season's Poetry Series comes together is unique to each year, and here’s the story of this season.

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents David Lehane Author of Shutter Island, Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone OCT 24, 2011

SAL’s 2011-12 Literary\Arts Series continues with mystery writer Dennis Lehane in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:30pm.

Busy Week for Arts & Lectures: SAL kicks off November with Translators, Matthews, & Grossman OCT 17, 2011

November 2011 opens with a bang for Seattle Arts & Lectures, with three events in a single week: Translators on Translation, co-presented with Wave Books, on November 6; Chris Matthews on November 7; and Israeli writer David Grossman on November 10, 2011.

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff

Seattle Arts & Lectures is very pleased to welcome award-winning biographer and author of Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff, to Seattle as part of SAL’s 2011-12 Literary\Arts Series. Schiff speaks in Benaroya Hall’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium October 26, 2011 at 7:30pm.

Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents a 2011\12 Season of Border-Crossing Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry AUG 4, 2011
In 2011\12, Seattle Arts & Lectures will present the thinkers—fiction writers and journalists, poets and historians—who shape and interpret our world. Many of this season’s speakers hail from beyond the boundaries of the United States: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ireland, India, Israel. All of them explore borders—physical, emotional, and metaphorical. We invite the local community to join us as we read, listen, learn, and are transformed.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program announces the publication and celebration of Our Beautiful Robotic Hearts JUL 26, 2011

Area students will present their original creative writing at the launch of the 2010-11 anthology of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 5:00 at Benaroya’s Recital Hall.


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Wednesday University Returns as SAL U. JAN 10, 2011

SAL’s popular Wednesday University series returns as SAL U – starting 2011 with a focus on digital storytelling.

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