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SAL/on air is a literary podcast featuring engaging author talks and readings from over thirty-five years of Seattle Arts & Lectures' programming.

Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) is a literary nonprofit. Seattle Arts & Lectures cultivates transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.

Get in-person or online tickets to SAL events at lectures.org.

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SAL/on air is a literary podcast featuring engaging author talks and readings from over thirty-five years of Seattle Arts & Lectures' programming.

Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) is a literary nonprofit. Seattle Arts & Lectures cultivates transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations.

Get in-person or online tickets to SAL events at lectures.org.

    Youth Poet Laureate: Mateo Acuña

    Youth Poet Laureate: Mateo Acuña

    In this episode of SAL/on air, two poets from SAL's Youth Poetry Fellowship, Mateo Acuña and Aamina Mughal, talk about access to arts education, finding community in Seattle's literary scene, and about Mateo's forthcoming chapbook, "Dear Spanish." Published by Poetry Northwest Editions, "Dear Spanish" is an inquiry into identity, desire, and belonging to one's self.

    • 45 min
    James Tate

    James Tate

    For James Tate, comedy and tragedy are inextricably linked within poetry. They appear as dual facets of ordinary life—the mundane and the extraordinary as one. As you’ll hear in this recording from February 2003, this is laugh-out-loud poetry that wanders from the baseball field to the petting zoo and back home. And yet, after the laughter, you’ll often find yourself catapulted into quiet, left to consider how this world breaks your heart again and again.

    • 56 min
    Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver

    The works of Barbara Kingsolver have shaped a generation of readers. From her first novel The Bean Trees and beyond, Kingsolver’s characters speak to us, cradle our faces in their hands and exchange their hearts for ours. We were thrilled to recently welcome Kingsolver back to SAL in October of 2023 for a discussion of her Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Demon Copperhead.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Dean Young

    Dean Young

    When Dean Young took the stage in October of 2012 to read from his Copper Canyon Press collection, Bender, we were incredibly fortunate to bear witness to his humorous, irreverent, and fearless poetry. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing in August 2022, and we continue to treasure his voice as it lives on in his work.

    • 59 min
    Sandra Cisneros

    Sandra Cisneros

    In October of 2003, Sandra Cisneros joined us for an evening 20 years after the publication of her luminous work The House on Mango Street. Now, we have the chance to listen again with reverence, 40 years after that seminal book first came into our lives, and we are reminded more than ever of the importance of spending time with work that not only gratifies us but changes our lives.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Malcom Gladwell

    Malcom Gladwell

    In September 2019, Malcolm Gladwell stepped on stage at Benaroya Hall as part of SAL’s Literary Arts Series to discuss his book Talking to Strangers. That night, his talk brought us into the complicated layers that underlie our most fraught and violent interactions. 

    The Los Angeles Times called Talking to Strangers “a compelling, conversation-starting read.” It’s a thoughtful and nuanced meditation on how we see others, and how we see the world. Like all of Gladwell’s work, brilliant storytelling and razor sharp-observations carry us to understand the world in new ways.

    • 1 hr 33 min

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