In Seattle, we’re fortunate to have a diverse arts ecosystem, which includes several longtime literary arts organizations like Hugo House, our public libraries, Seattle City of Literature, and our friends over at Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL). Hugo House has had the honor of partnering with SAL to present many of their programs over the years, including their recent inaugural 2021/22 Poetry Series event with Kaveh Akbar, which took place in the Lapis Theater in October! SAL brings incredible literary experiences to audiences through author conversations and talks exploring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and beyond, in addition to connecting young people with writing opportunities through their Writers in Schools program and so much more.
We teamed up with SAL to pair a few of their upcoming events with complementary Winter 2022 Hugo House classes! Combine these events and classes to bring even more reading and writing joy into your new year, or gift them as an extra special present to a literary fan in your life this holiday season. As a special promotion, register for any Hugo House class now to receive a special coupon code for 10% off a ticket purchase at SAL. Register for your next class today.
If you’re looking forward to SAL’s talk with Richard Powers (The Overstory) on April 19, you might enjoy a class with local writer Claudia Castro Luna:
- On Reading a Tree (starts January 13) | Trees are an iconic symbol of the Northwest; some varieties may live well into the thousand-year range, yet they are static beings, their point of view rooted to a particular location. What do they see over their long lifespans? This is a class about seeing, about noticing the resonances between ourselves and the world around us. We will do this by anchoring our attention on our arboreal neighbors. We will investigate ourselves through the trees in our lives, read widely, and write poetry and creative nonfiction.
If you’re hungrily awaiting SAL’s conversation with Natalie Baszile (We Are Each Other’s Harvest) on May 5 or you enjoyed books that you read for Summer Book Bingo (BIPOC Food Writing), you may enjoy this class by poet Jane Wong:
- Writing Deliciously: The Poetry of Food (for BIPOC) (starts January 19) | How can writing about food open up evocative spaces of comfort, family, ancestral lineage, memory, shared rituals, and desires? How can writing through and about food strengthen our communities and open up our creative craft? Along with celebrating and exploring food writing by poets such Tommy Pico, Naomi Shihab Nye, Hanif Abdurraqib, Audre Lorde, and Chen Chen, this class will offer numerous delicious writing prompts and opportunities for feedback, connection, and sharing.
And we think any SAL event would pair perfectly with Hugo House’s upcoming workshop with SAL’s very own executive director, Rebecca Hoogs:
- Reading & Writing the SAL Poetry Series (January 23) | Join Seattle Arts & Lectures Executive Director and Poetry Series host Rebecca Hoogs for a generative writing class inspired by this year’s Poetry Series. In this class you will read and discuss a poem or two by each poet that SAL will host this year, and then use them as models for generative in-class writing. The class will feature poems by Kaveh Akbar, Rita Dove, Sherwin Bitsui, Kenzie Allen, and Don Mee Choi.
Don’t forget to register for your next Hugo House class today to get your special promo code for 10% off a ticket purchase at SAL. Happy reading and writing!