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The Poetry Series Continues with Lucie Brock-Broido
The Poetry Series Continues with Lucie Brock-Broido

On Thursday, April 23rd, SAL’s Poetry Series continues with a reading by Lucie Brock-Broido at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Brock-Broido is the author of three collections of poetry, and her many honors include the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her book Stay, Illusion (2013) was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. She has taught at Bennington College, Princeton, and Harvard. She is currently Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City.

On Wednesday, April 22nd, the evening before her reading, Lucie Brock-Broido will be leading a special master class in poetry. This master class is a special chance to dive deep into your work and experience how Professor Brock-Broido thinks through the development and revision of poems. Participants are invited to submit 2-3 poems for possible critique and discussion. A handful will be chosen for a lively conversation that will illuminate how those particular poems are working, could work even better, and where their place is in the larger poetic conversation. The master class will be held at the New Foundation in Pioneer Square.

Poetry Series with Lucie Brock-Broido

Master Class
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm
The New Foundation

Poetry Series Reading
Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm
Chihuly Garden and Glass

Master Class with Lucie Brock-Broido
Poetry Series

Wed 6:00 PM
Lucie Brock-Broido
Poetry Series

Thu 7:30 PM \ Chihuly Garden and Glass
WITS Writer Work-in-Progress Reading

Wed 7:30 PM \ Richard Hugo House
Frank Bruni
Literary\Arts Series

Fri 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
A Lecture by Terrance Hayes
Poetry Series

Tue 7:30 PM \ Chihuly Garden and Glass
WITS Year End Reading - Elementary & Middle School -- FREE!

Wed 6:00 PM \ Seattle Public Library

Central (Downtown) Branch
WITS Year End Reading - High School--FREE!

Thu 6:00 PM \ Seattle Public Library

Central (Downtown) Branch
The Moth MainStage
SAL Presents

Tue 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Call for Submissions: Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program (YPL) aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity and education across Seattle. Sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program, the YPL application is open to any Seattle resident between the ages of 14-19. Applicants should apply between March 24 and April 24, 2015. The winner will read at Northwest Folklife on May 23 and secure a book deal with Penmanship Books in NYC. Click here to link to a PDF with more details!

Ruth Dickey and the Turnaround at Seattle Arts & Lectures

"In the 18 months since Dickey took over as executive director of SAL, the organization is drawing big names, filling rooms, creating buzz and operating in the black for the first time in years.

Subscriptions are up almost 40 percent. Ticket sales, to date, are higher than all of last season. Ten of the 12 Literary Arts Series events held over the last two years have sold out.

And the local book community is primed for “Words Matter,” SAL’s annual gala, to be held March 12.

So what exactly is going on over there?"

Nicole Brodeur profiled Executive Director Ruth Dickey in the Seattle Times on February 20. They talked about some of the challenges the organization has faced in the past, what SAL has been doing to get its groove back, and Ruth’s big dreams for SAL moving into the next 25 years.

Click here to read the full story.

Sheri Fink Visits Cleveland High School

"Journalism is a lot like the scientific process. We all want to prove our own theories about the things we are researching, but all of the facts and evidence must be in order before we can do that." The connections author Sheri Fink made between the writing and scientific processes resonated with over one hundred students at Cleveland High School, who stayed after classes ended for the day, in order to hear her speak this past Tuesday. Themselves in the middle of a mock trial inspired by Fink's book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist was careful to present her information gathering techniques and writing approach to the students as fact-based insights, so as not to bias their perspectives mid-case.

Dr. Fink spoke to many questions about the people she interviewed, her experiences on the ground in New Orleans and the process of putting together a truthful accout of a complicated story using research compiled over six years, inspiring a new generation of scientists and journalists with equal force.

Read more about Dr. Fink's visit to Cleveland High School on the WITS blog.