I Would Ask a Butterfly: Words of Courage Broadsides

April 1-28, 2023

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

For thirteen 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.

Ten 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. For the 2022 edition of Words of Courage, 26 local letterpress artists rose to the challenge of capturing 21 young voices in print, transforming patients from Seattle Children’s Hospital into published poets.