Jack Straw Cultural Center, along with the rest of the world, is in the midst of a uniquely challenging time. Despite being temporarily closed to the public, we are continuing our programs for adult and youth artists any way we can, both modifying them to adjust to our current reality and preparing for the time we can return to full capacity.

We are currently available for editing, post-production, and other work our engineers can do remotely, and we look forward to the time when our studios can once again be filled with small and large groups of students, professional music ensembles, and audiences hungry for live art, music, and literature.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enjoy a month of #YouthPoetry for #NationalPoetryMonth!

Black bolded text on a light pink background. Text is a poem by  Lowell Elementary 2nd grader, Sean



Announcing the 2020 Jack Straw Writers!

The 2020 Jack Straw Writers, selected by Curator Anastacia-Renée, are Rob Arnold, Ebo Barton, Jeffrey Cheatham II, Ching-In Chen, Elaina Ellis, Michelle Goodman, Maisha Manson, Wryly McCutchen, Troy Osaki, Helen K. Thomas, Jose Trejo Maya, and Arianne True.



Jack Straw Vocal Workshops

Our new series of vocal workshops led by Jack Straw vocal coach Alyssa Keene are perfect for writers, actors, and anyone wanting to hone their vocal technique for studio recording or performance. To register call Jack Straw Cultural Center at 206-634-0919 with your credit card to pay the deposit or full class fee. For more information email workshops@jackstraw.org.

Vocal Training for Writers Tuesday, April 28, 6-9pm




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, Harvest Foundation, Jubilation Foundation, Robert Chinn Foundation, Tulalip Charitable Fund, 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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4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105

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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: William O. Smith

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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