I Don’t Always Follow the Recipe: WITS and Seattle Children’s Broadsides

Two broadsides in frames sitting on top of a set of shelves in a library.April 4-29, 2022

Visits by appointment, M-F, 10am-5:00pm
Call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org to schedule a visit

For twelve years, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program has hosted writer residencies at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and school-aged patients have been working alongside teaching poets Sierra Nelson and Ann Teplick (both Jack Straw Writing Fellows) to create remarkable, inventive, powerful poems that explore their imaginations, capture their experiences, and share their journeys.

Nine years ago, SAL began a partnership with artists from Partners in Print—all of whom volunteer their talents and time—to transform students’ poems into gorgeous letterpress designs hand-printed as broadsides. Jack Straw is pleased to once again share the most recent broadsides collection with the public in our halls until the end of April.


portrait of Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, lyric essayist, collaborative performance and installation artist, and teacher. Nelson’s books include The Lachrymose Report (PoetryNW Editions), collaborations with visual artist Loren Erdrich including…

Ann Teplick - Portrait

Ann Teplick

Ann Teplick is a Seattle poet, playwright, and prose writer, with an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. For eighteen years she’s written with youth in schools, juvenile…