Jack Straw Writers Program

The Jack Straw May Reading Series

Three readings featuring the 2021 Jack Straw Writing Fellows, hosted by Curator E. J. Koh

Streaming Live via Jack Straw on Facebook
(No Facebook account required)

Friday, May 7, 7pm: Abi Pollokoff, C. R. Glasgow, Paulette Perhach, Patrycja Humienik

Friday, May 14, 7pm: Kristie Song, S. Erin Batiste, José Luis Montero, Greg November

Friday, May 21, 7pm: Tochukwu Okafor, Grace Jahng Lee, Daniel Tam-Claiborne, Michael Overa

The 2021 Jack Straw Writers

The Jack Straw Reading Series continues for the 25th year, with a series of live-streamed events featuring new poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from the 2021 Jack Straw Writers. Program curator E. J. Koh will host three readings with the writers, streamed live via Jack Straw's Facebook page. Each reading video will be available afterward on Facebook and YouTube.

These readings are free, but we invite you to purchase a copy of the 2021 Jack Straw Writers Anthology, which is available for purchase online from our friends at Open Books.



2021 Spring Workshops

Special Covid 19 reduced rate!

Jack Straw's professional audio workshops are the perfect opportunity to improve your studio skills or get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing.

All classes are now at a special Covid 19 reduced rate for members and non-members alike. To sign up or for more information, email workshops@jackstraw.org.

Vocal Training for Writers Sunday, May 23, 11am-12:30pm
  Thursday, June 10, 7-8:30pm
Intro to Podcasting Tuesdays, May 18 and 25, 6-9pm

Intro to Digital Audio Editing

Tuesday, June 8, 6-9pm
Microphone Workshop Friday, June 18, 6-9pm
Basic Field Recording Saturday, June 19, 9:30am-4:30pm



New Media Gallery

Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon
Presented with the Endangered Species Coalition

June 1 - July 2, 2021

Visits by appointment only, M-F, 10am-5:30pm
Call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org to schedule a visit

Virtual Opening: Friday, June 4, 7pm
Streaming Live via Jack Straw on Facebook
(No Facebook account required)

More events to be announced!

Painting of Orcas by Laurie Selden

Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon is an innovative, multimedia exhibit featuring visual art, text, audio, and audio visual works, centering on the theme of southern resident orca and Chinook salmon co/recovery. Submergence will take place during Orca Month 2021, June 1st-July 2nd, 2021. The Endangered Species Coalition and Jack Straw Cultural Center acknowledge Seattle as the traditional territory of Coast Salish Peoples and as the past and present traditional land of the Duwamish People. 




New Podcast from Jack Straw and SCAC

Opening Doors

Opening Doors is a podcast about accessibility in arts and civic life, brought to you by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center. For our first season, we aim to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with disabilities, and to learn how race and disability impact their access to arts and culture.

Listen to our series promo and subscribe now at soundcloud.com/OpeningDoorsPod - or wherever you get your podcasts.

Opening Doors podcast logo

This season consists of four interviews as follows:

1. Kameko Thomas: The Invisible Disability
2. Troy Coalman: How THEY see US / How WE see ourselves
3. King Khazm: Where Art, Racism & Disability Intersect
4. ChrisTiana Obeysumner: Intersectionality




Jack Straw Youth and Artists on Social Media

Visit us on Facebook and YouTube to watch archived performances, talks, and readings!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enjoy selections of poetry and more from our Jack Straw Writers and youth poets from our educational programs.

Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: What does pink smell like? Maybe like blossoms.  What does it hold on to? -Amna Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: “You like some poi?” How do you tell a local from a visitor? Offer some poi.  -Loreen Lilyn Lee Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: If people were oceans, you would be the waves and I would be the sun -Isaiah





Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Seattle Foundation, ArtsFund, Adobe Foundation, Harvest Foundation, Jubilation Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Robert Chinn Foundation, Lester and Phyllis Epstein Foundation, Tulalip Charitable Fund, Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. and individual contributors for their support of our programs. Special thanks to our friends at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, ORA (Owen Richards Architects), and Forma Construction for their support. 

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Happy Birthday ADA!

A story and song produced with students in the 2015 Blind Youth Audio Project.


Blind Youth students and teaching artists on Zoom

Blind Youth Audio Project

In 2020 our summer program for blind and visually impaired youth took place online. The theme was "Telling Our Stories."


Alyssa Keene and Quenton Baker
SoundPages, the Jack Straw Literary Podcast

SoundPages features interviews and readings by Jack Straw Writers such as Daemond Arrindell, Laura Da', EJ Koh, Robert Lashley, Claudia Castro Luna, and Jane Wong. Click here to listen.


Artist of the Week Podcast

Every two weeks we will make a new audio piece created through our artist residencies available for free download. This week: Josephine Ensign

Subscribe at jackstraw.org/artistoftheweek, via itunes, or listen right here:


Meg McLynn and Foster High School student in the studio at Jack Straw

Foster High School Stories of Arrival

Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices is a community partnership project between Foster High School, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Institute for Poetic Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, and KBCS 91.3 FM.



Immigration Portraits at Seattle World School

The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. Students from three Washington State history classes created Immigration Portraits, a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America