The Next Chapter: Seattle's Thriving Young Adult Literary Community
By Deanna Duff
Visit a Seattle bookstore, reading or writing group and you’re likely to see as many young, fresh faces as established pros. The city is a renowned literary hotspot, and young adults have long been a vibrant part of the community. However, youth participation is experiencing a current boom thanks to increased youth opportunities.
On a recent night inside the cozy, creaky Capitol Hill rooms of one of Seattle's most recognized literary centers, Hugo House, Julia McCotter, purple nails flashing, confidently held court as the emcee of the inaugural “Cheap Coffee and Young Adult Fiction” event.
Somewhat of a fixture on the young adult (YA) scene McCotter, who wowed the crowd with an improvised, slam-poetry-style introduction for one of the adult novelists, has worked with bothHugo House and the poetry-focused Youth Speaks Seattle. She writes, networks, and mingles comfortably among Seattle's multi-generational literary scene.
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