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Literary Events & Lectures

With a thriving literary scene and a highly educated population, Seattle delivers a spoken word scene that will have you donning your thinking cap.

Richard Hugo House hosts some of the most interesting literary events in Seattle; from youth programs to poetry readings, author workshops and exhibits open to the public. Look up the current lecture or poetry series at Seattle Arts and Lectures, or visit the Seattle Public Library for an author reading and discussion. Town Hall Seattle presents lectures on science, culture, and civics as part of its active program schedule. Long time local landmark University Book Store hosts and presents more than 500 author events each year. The Elliott Bay Book Company also offers, on average, ten author readings each week in their intimate reading room.  And the Jack Straw Writer’s Program connects writers to audio resources, producing lectures, podcasts and more. We love words and ideas in Seattle, so much so that we’ve applied to be designated as a UNESCO World City of Literature. Learn more at

Upcoming Literary & Lecture Events

Making our Mark Artist Discussion Series: Teaching Artists


BAM’s Director Emeritus Michael Monroe and Pratt Fine Arts Center Executive Director Steve Galatro will moderate three discussions …

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Gregory Orr


Gregory Orr’s poems have always had the stunning ability to place mindfulness almost instantly back inside the mind. …

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Start-Up Seattle: Lessons Learned from the Seattle 10


What does it take to be a successful start-up company in Seattle? Join John Cook, co-founder of GeekWire, …

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Denise Fairchild


Climate change advocates and social justice groups say that a global energy war is underway. It’s a struggle …

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Maker Day: DIY Guitars


Seattle has an amazing jazz history that originated in the Central District. Come to Maker Day and learn …

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Tyrell Johnson


Debut novelist Tyrell Johnson, who is originally from Bellingham. He is here in the heart of the coldest, …

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Glasnost and Goodwill Symposium


Hear from faculty of University of Washington’s Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, part …

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Charles Waters with Reagan Jackson


It may be difficult for us to imagine our childhood selves navigating the complex racial realities of our …

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Sara Zaske


German parents give their children a great deal of freedom?much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to …

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