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About Us

In February 2024, the 17th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival took place in the Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was a magnificent success, affirming the power of words and ideas through a remarkable line-up of speakers and sessions. The Festival's indomitable and inspiring spirit reached our audiences, both digitally and in-person.

Experience the same exhilarating energy of the Jaipur Festival as it makes its grand debut in Seattle this year. The first edition of JLF Seattle will take place at Seattle University from September 20-22, 2024.

JLF editions, across several countries that include the US, UK, Spain, the Maldives, and Australia and in the Middle-East, seamlessly merge the rich multilingual literary traditions of South Asia with the unique essence of the host regions.

Through 2021-2022, virtual versions of JLF kept the spirit of creative conversations alive during the Covid years. Writers, thinkers, poets, artists, and filmmakers engaged in captivating discussions.

In 2024, at JLF Seattle, we celebrate the beauty of the seaport city of Seattle, nestling amid water, mountains and parklands, with its seven hills, vibrant trade and technology, significant musical history and pervasive university culture. Our hallmark camaraderie, caravan of ideas, and the enchanting flow of conversations will make it a truly unparalleled literary festival.

Mission Statement

JLF Seattle aims to host a dynamic gathering of established and underrepresented writers, leaders, and performers worldwide, mirroring the vibrant ethos of the Jaipur Literature Festival. By uniting diverse voices, it will cultivate dialogue, cultural appreciation, and the profound impact of storytelling, inspiring audiences globally. It aims to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas, promote cultural understanding, and celebrate the transformative power of literature and storytelling. Through engaging programming and inclusive dialogue, it seeks to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, representing a democratic and inclusive platform for literature in all its forms.

JLF Seattle Staff

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