From March 24 through April 24, 2017, WITS will accept submissions for Seattle's next Youth Poet Laureate!
Registration is now open for Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer! Register by February 20, 2017 to receive a special early bird discount!
Click on the artcles below and follow our WITS Voices series on the SAL Blog, Sonder, for a behind-the-scenes look at what our WITS Writers and teachers are doing in the classroom and the community!
Last week, WITS Writer Daemond Arrindell shared a powerful poem with us written by Marylou Gomez, his partner teacher at South Lake High School. The whole SAL staff was moved by her words and the purpose they hold.
As we try to balance on the fast-shifting political landscape, it seems more and more necessary, either for solace or self-preservation, to step away from the lives and tasks we inhabit every day, and step into someone else’s perspective. Ms. Gomez says: “In this moment, / I’d rather be a poet than a historian.” Read more.
Americans love the art of the spectacle. And if you’re talking business, there’s nothing like a giant American flag and patriotic music to sell whatever it is you want to sell. It becomes a dangerous cocktail, this concoction of flag-waving jingoism, capitalism, and pageantry.
Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk by Ben Fountain may look, at first blush, like a novel about U.S. military involvement in the Middle East; however, it’s more about what the conflict says about the current state of America’s moral and ethical fiber. By all rights, protagonist Billy Lynn is an all-American hero: combat veteran, recipient of a Silver Star, and Texan. The story itself, in case you’ve yet to read it, follows Specialist Billy and his fellow members of Bravo Squad on a whirlwind two-week “Victory Tour” that has all the hallmarks of a PR stunt. Read more.
Most people who know William Steig’s work think of him as the creator of classic children’s books like Shrek and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. But in the mid-20th century, Steig created numerous picture books for adults: Persistent Faces, The Lonely Ones, The Rejected Lovers, and many others. Most of these works could be described as existentialist graphic literature, with the artist using captioned illustrations to explore a worldview that seems much colder and anxiety-ridden than fans of his kids’ books might expect. Read more.
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to celebrate the publication of the annual anthology featuring the very best writing from last year's Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. This year's anthology, "Across the Surface of Fear and Calm," brings together the poems, comics, and short stories of more than 100 young people from the 25 sites (public schools and Children's Hospital) that WITS served last year.
This event will feature 50+ students reading their poems, comics, and short stories. A reception and book-signing will follow with cupcakes donated by Cupcake Royale. The event will take place at 7pm in Benaroya's Recital Hall. It is free, family-friendly, and open to all!
This year's anthology features cover art by local artist Tessa Hulls.