Above are the sixteen brave writers and musicians who have accepted the Hugo Literary Series challenge.
Each has been commissioned by Richard Hugo House to create new works on a theme and writing prompt cooked up by our staff and debut them at the 2012-2013 Hugo Literary Series.
Series passes and individual tickets are on sale starting August 1 for members and August 8 for general and student/senior tickets! Get yours online here, or by calling (206) 322-7030. (Not a member? Become one today and get a discount on your tickets, too!)
Presenting sponsor: Amazon.com
¡Viva la Revolucion!
October 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7pm)
The bestselling author of "Candyfreak" Steve Almond; Matthew Zapruder, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year "Come On All You Ghosts"; and spoken word artist Elaina Ellis are up in arms, with new music from Daniel Spils of Maktub.
Ya Gotta Believe!
November 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m.(doors at 7pm)
Apocalyptic visionary Ryan Boudinot; author of "The Grief Performance," Emily Kendal Frey; and New York Times bestselling yoga memoirist Claire Dederer wonder what to believe, with new music from Jason Dodson of The Maldives.
Strong Female Leads
February 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7pm)
National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith; cartoonist and zinester Kelly Froh; and poet Arlene Kim find the power of the female, with new music from Katie Kate.
You Are Here
March 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7pm)
Poet, novelist and Guggenheim Award recipient Chris Abani; author of "Wild" and Oprah Book Club 2.0 inaugural author Cheryl Strayed; and Washington State Book Award winner Jonathan Evison decide where they are, with new music from Joy Mills.
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New Works Competition
Youth New Works Competition
About the Hugo Literary Series
Beginning in October 2007, the Hugo Literary Series sits at the core of Hugo House's commitment to foster new writing. The series consists of four events per season, with each event featuring three writers and a songwriter or band, all commissioned to create new writing and songs from a theme and writing prompt cooked up by Hugo House's staff.
The nights are collages of unexpected styles and different points of view, and the writers and musicians are encouraged to work without a sense of obligation, censorship or stylistic frame. No one at Hugo House sees or hears the work before it is read or sung at each event.
At the Hugo Literary Series, you will meet writers willing to take risks, to work without the safety net of editors, publishers or reviewers affirming the work before they stand in front of an audience and read it aloud. They are writers who share the exhilaration of creating something new and sharing it with an audience for the first time before the work appears in a book, between the glossy covers of a magazine or within the shrink wrap of a CD.
Series passes and individual tickets go on sale August 8/August 1 for Hugo House members here. (Not a member? Become one today and get a discount on your tickets, too!)
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling us at (206) 322-7030 or at the front desk during our normal business hours.
Series passes are $80, $70 for Richard Hugo House members and $50 for students and seniors. Individual tickets are $25, $20 for members and $15 for students and seniors.
Hugo House Ticket Policy: All ticket sales are final and are not subject to a refund. Tickets may be exchanged for another date depending upon availability. Tickets will be released ten minutes before show time. There is NO LATE SEATING. View The Stranger's ticket policy.
All Hugo Literary Series events occur on Friday nights in Richard Hugo House's theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and our bar is open both before and after the event serving beer, wine, select spirits and snacks. Books are for sale by Elliott Bay Book Company, and authors are available for book signings.
Classes from guest authors are held on Saturdays following each Friday evening event. Classes require a separate registration. For more information about classes, visit our online catalog, or contact our registrar at email@example.com or by calling (206) 322-7030.
New Works Competition
As part of the Hugo Literary Series, Richard Hugo House seeks previously unpublished poems, short stories and personal essays of no more than 1,500 words. The theme is You Are Here, and the winner will receive $500 and an invitation to read at the final Hugo Literary Series event on March 1, 2013 alongside writers Chris Abani, Cheryl Strayed and Jonathan Evison and musician Joy Mills. Entries must be received by January 11, 2013.
Complete guidelines here.
Youth New Works Competition
As part of the Hugo Literary Series, Richard Hugo House seeks poems, short stories or personal essays of no more than 1000 words from students currently enrolled in grades 9-12. The theme is Strong Female Leads, and the winner will receive $100 and an invitation to read at the third Hugo Literary Series event on February 8, 2013 alongside writers Patricia Smith, Kelly Froh and Arlene Kim and musician KatieKate. Entries must be received by January 11, 2013.
The Hugo Literary Series is generously supported by Amazon.com, 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, KUOW 94.9, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, The Stranger and US Bancorp Foundation.