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Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2012-2013 SAL Presents Series continues with award-winning multimedia artist, author, and musician Miranda July, Wednesday, December 5, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. July’s first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), won a special jury prize at Sundance and four prizes at Cannes; her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials; her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007), has been published in 20 countries.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2012-2013 Poetry Series continues with Eileen Myles & Maggie Nelson: Poets on Painters, Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. Known for their poetry and writing on visual art, Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson will read from their work and speak about the intersection of the two genres in response to Seattle Art Museum's exhibit, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2012-2013 Literary Arts Series continues with Hari Kunzru, Tuesday, October 23, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. The author of four novels, including Transmission and Gods Without Men, will discuss how computer ‘novelists’ are changing fiction, and how he tries to tackle the ‘new’ in his own fiction.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2012-2013 Poetry Series begins with prolific surrealist poet Dean Young, Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. Young is the author of 14 books of poetry; his 15th collection, Bender: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press), launches at this event.
Area students will present their original creative writing at the launch of the 2011-12 anthology of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 5:00 at Benaroya’s Recital Hall.
The anniversary season also includes a new session of SAL U, courses for lifelong learners. This fall’s course “Faith & Finance: Visions of America & the 2012 Presidential Election” (begins September 13) and features University of Washington professors David Domke and Mark Smith in a discussion on the twin pillars of American politics, religion and economics.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 SAL Presents series has been extended to feature special guest Subhankar Banerjee at Town Hall Seattle, Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 7:30pm. Banerjee is an Indian-born, American photographer, writer, educator, and leading international voice on issues of Arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development, and climate change.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Literary\Arts series concludes with Irish-born novelist Colum McCann at Benaroya Recital Hall Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 7:30pm. McCann’s work covers international territory: the troubles in Northern Ireland (Everything in This Country Must), the Roma culture in Europe (Zoli), the ambitions of an artist in Soviet Russia (Dancer). His latest novel about 1970s New York City, Let the Great World Spin, has been heralded as “the first great 9/11 novel” by Esquire Magazine.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Poetry series concludes with identical twin poets Matthew and Michael Dickman at Benaroya Recital Hall Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 7:30pm. The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead says “reading Michael is like stepping out of an overheated apartment building to be met, unexpectedly, by an exhilaratingly chill gust of wind; reading Matthew is like taking a deep, warm bath with a glass of wine balanced on the soap dish.”
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 SAL Presents series continues with Israeli writer Etgar Keret at Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 7:30pm. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Keret is a favorite author of Israel’s younger generation, and an international success for his short stories (Suddenly, a Knock on the Door); his children’s stories (Dad Runs Away with the Circus); graphic novels (Pizzeria Kamikaze); and short movies (Jellyfish).
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 SAL Presents Series continues with bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright, Delia Ephron at Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday April 18, 2012, at 7:30pm.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 SAL Presents Series continues with popular philosopher and essayist Alain de Botton in the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington on March 16, 2012, at 7:30pm.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ spring SAL U course, co-presented with Sasquatch Books and The Next Fifty, looks back at the 150 years preceding the 1962 Century 21 Expo in The Last 150: Five Turning Points in Washington State History. The five-lecture series is presented by Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, Public Historian at MOHAI, and meets in the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium on the University of Washington campus at 7pm on April 5, April 12, May 3, May 17, and May 31, 2012.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Poetry Series continues with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall on March 15, 2012, at 7:30pm.
The second iteration of SAL's new book club, BOOKENDS, will be discussing the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on April 28 and May 5, before and after Adichie's May 2 talk at Benaroya Hall as part of SAL's Literary\Arts Series.
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Literary\Arts Series continues with food52.com 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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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SAL’s popular Wednesday University series returns as SAL U – starting 2011 with a focus on digital storytelling.