Photo Gallery: A Conversation with the Parents of Trayvon Martin

On February 15th at Town Hall Seattle, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton – the parents of Trayvon Martin – offered insight into their son’s life and his tragic death, which has sparked a transformative movement for justice around the country. SAL’s Executive Director Ruth Dickey introduced the program, which was part of SAL’s Hinge Series, and the event was moderated by Vivian Phillips. Joseph Hairston, who is a 2016-17 Seattle Youth Poet Ambassador, opened the evening with his explosive poem, “Untitled Tags,” which you can hear and read here.

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Photo Gallery: Ross Gay

On February 7 at McCaw Hall, Ross Gay—the joyous and nurturing poet who authored Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude—read from his latest work and talked gardening, compassion, and attending to the world. SAL’s Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs introduced the program and moderated their conversation. Abdullahi Mohamed, a student from West Seattle High School who participated in the WITS program with WITS Writer-in-Residence Daemond Arrindell, opened the evening with his poem, “Holy.”

To view more photos from this event, head over to our Facebook page. To read Gabrielle Bates’ essay on Ross Gay and “joy as discipline,” click here.