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Up Next: Amber Tamblyn
Up Next: Amber Tamblyn

Join us for an intimate evening of poetry, music and storytelling with Amber Tamblyn on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Town Hall Seattle!


This is "Not-Your-Typical-Poetry-Reading"! Poet and actress Amber Tamblyn and her mother, Bonnie Tamblyn, weave together poetry and music to create a mélange of intimate and funny storytelling. In their one-of-a-kind presentation, Amber reads her poems and prose while Bonnie plays guitar and sings original songs. In Amber’s words, “It’s a variety show wrapped inside a Vaudeville show wrapped inside a gene pool. It is a collaboration of sass, grief and triumph."

Amber Tamblyn is the author of three poetry collections, Dark Sparkler, Bang Ditto, an Independent Best Seller, and Free Stallion, her debut which won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006. Amber’s first published poem, “Kill Me So Much,” appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle when she was 12, having been submitted by her writing mentor Jack Hirschman (Poet Laureate of San Francisco 2009). Her poems have since been published in New York Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Interview, and others. She has self published two collections of poetry, art, and photography, Plenty Of Ships and Of The Dawn, and has collaborated with Semina Culture artist George Herms to create a limited edition book of collage and haiku dedicated to Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk entitled The Loneliest.

An acclaimed actress, Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. She came to fame on the soap opera General Hospital and is most recognized for her work as "Joan" on the CBS television program Joan of Arcadia. Other series she’s appeared on include House, The Unusuals, and Two and a Half Men, as well as film roles in 127 Hours, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Stephanie Daley, for which she won the 2007 Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress.

Amber is the Executive Producer of The Drums Inside Your Chest, an annual poetry concert that showcases outstanding contemporary poets. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society which works to build an audience for unique poetry events. She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust Magazine.

Amber lives in New York City with her husband, comedian David Cross.


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Amber Tamblyn
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Wed 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Joshua Roman and Tracy K. Smith
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Words Matter 2016
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Thu 6:00 PM \ Four Seasons
Emily St. John Mandel - SOLD OUT
Literary\Arts Series

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Jacqueline Woodson
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Tue 7:30 PM \ Town Hall Seattle
Pablo Neruda's Lost Poems: A Book Launch Featuring Forrest Gander and Friends
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Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
Teju Cole - SOLD OUT
Literary\Arts Series

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Local Voices
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Wed 7:30 PM \ Richard Hugo House
Reading Circle: Claudia Rankine's "Citizen"- FREE
Thu 6:00 PM \ Northwest African American Museum
Florian Schulz
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Thu 7:30 PM \ Benaroya Hall

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Camp WITS Registration Is Now Open!

Join us for the inaugural year of Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer, part of our WITS (Writers in the Schools) program. Camp WITS will consist of two weeks of half-day creative writing workshops that focus on a range of genres and techniques, open to students entering 2nd through 12th grades.

Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer
July 25 – August 5
Grades 2-12

Camp WITS brings the inspiring and accomplished Seattle writers who teach comics, stories and poems in public schools throughout the year to the light-filled rooms of the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Camp attendees will learn new ways to express their own authentic voices, join a community of young writers from across the city, create letterpress portfolios for their new work and end the camps with a celebratory reading open to family and friends.

Camp WITS is open to all experience levels and abilities, from new to seasoned writers. Sessions are taught by two acclaimed WITS Writers-In-Residence and are limited to 20 students each.


Learn more about Camp WITS and register here!

Save the Date for WORDS MATTER 2016!

Please join us for SAL's annual WORDS MATTER Benefit Gala & Literary Auction, at the Four Seasons Seattle on March 10, 2016.

This annual fundraiser is vital for SAL's ability to serve the community. We keep our ticket prices and registration fees low in order to honor our commitment to producing high-quality programs accessible to all, and we provide award-winning subsidized literary arts education to public schools throughout the greater Seattle region. Therefore, earned revenue accounts for less than 30% of our budget, and we rely on annual support from individuals and corporations to keep this work possible. WORDS MATTER is the most critical event of our year—we raise nearly 20% of our annual budget.

This lively literary evening will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction of books chosen by local luminaries and our visiting world-renowned authors, inscribed with personal letters about why they love the book. Guests are then treated to a delicious dinner, an engaging program (including the announcement of our Prowda Literary Champion award recipient, a local hero championing the literary arts), a spirited auction of exclusive literary experiences, a lively dessert dash, and the opportunity to Raise the Paddle and fund another year of inspiring education and public literary programs.

6:00-6:30 PM Registration; 6:30-9:00 PM Gala & Inspiration

Tickets are $150/person; $1500/table. Cocktail Attire.

Please contact us regarding Table Captain or Sponsorship inquires at or 206 621-2230 ext 14.