Staff & Board

Meet the team

Meet our hardworking staff and board! We’re passionate about books, writing, and helping anyone who wants to write create their best work.

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    José Luis Montero

    Acting Executive Director

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    Caitlin Andrews

    Events Coordinator

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    Deer (DK) Kim

    Operations & Facilities Director

  • Amy Lin

    Amy Lin

    Project Manager

  • Aubrey Unemori

    Aubrey Unemori

    Programs Development Coordinator

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José Luis Montero

Acting Executive Director

José Luis Montero is a technologist by trade and a bilingual writer by choice. Born and raised in México but having spent most of his adulthood in Seattle, his passion for storytelling transcends any medium, leading him to explore radio, photography, and filmmaking before directing his artistic focus to the written word. In addition to holding a BS in computer science and an MBA, he earned a certificate in Literary Fiction from the University of Washington and a Masters in Narrative and Poetry from Escuela de Escritores in Madrid. After returning from Spain, he interned at Copper Canyon Press and served as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine before joining the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2021. He was president of the board for Seattle Escribe, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Spanish literature, and he currently serves as co-president for the board of Seattle City of Literature, the nonprofit that manages Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

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Caitlin Andrews

Events Coordinator

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Caitlin is originally from a sleepy one-light town in Phoenix, Maryland. After working in Baltimore in both museum and library spaces, she followed her love for writing stories to Florida, where she obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Her thesis was a finalist for the Marianne Russo Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and she has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from GrubStreet and the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference. She continues work on her first novel, a braided queer historical narrative set during the Irish War for Independence. To procrastinate on writing, Caitlin is known to get lost in the woods, seek out a cozy bookshop or art museum, and listen to silly D&D podcasts.

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Deer (DK) Kim

Operations & Facilities Director

Pronouns: he/they

DK is an artist investigating the intersection of place and memory—exploring the interstices and histories of site; the personal and collective body—through visual art, video, performance, public art, installation, interventions, and arts programming/organizing—under artist name, D.K. Pan. Over 25 years as an artist, D.K. expanded their practice to involve various mediums, recently focusing on video as documents of place; and community engagement practices with Yesler Terrace/Seattle Housing Authority and Sound Transit Art Program. They organized art interventions/cultural events such as TUBS and Bridge Motel. They received The Stranger’s Genius Award in 2011, Artist Trust Fellowship in 2022, and several other grants and awards. In 2015, D.K. created a video survey of the US West Coast, in collaboration with NOAA, as commentary on climate change and homage to communities vulnerable to rising sea levels. Their multi-year work, Time Is Memory, encompasses works on paper, public mark-making, skywriting, tattoos, and video. DK has also worked with Plymouth Housing Group and Community Roots Housing over the past 10+ years to address homelessness and create affordable, vibrant communities—in support of the maxim, “Housing Is A Human Right.”

Amy Lin

Amy Lin

Project Manager

The library will always be Amy Lin’s first and best lovesorry, lovers! She has over sixteen years’ experience in small business with a focus on solution innovation. Her work at Hugo House is rooted in a three-fold philosophy: one, that writing is a useful skill to have in an age of constant engagement with written communication; two, that all forms of writing provide immense benefits to the writer; and three, that words effect change in the world around us so it’s worth learning to use them well. Writing is for everyone! Amy enjoys a wide range of interests thanks to being a third-culture kid with ADHD; she’s currently jamming on investing, futurism, emerging technology, self-improvement, interspecies communication, and design thinking. She aspires to be a Bodhisattva to beginners. 

Aubrey Unemori

Aubrey Unemori

Programs Development Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

Aubrey Unemori is a writer, editor, and aspiring coffee connoisseur. She holds a BA in English with creative writing emphasis from the University of Washington and is the co-author of children’s book, Mindful Mansi, which promotes mental wellness and emotional regulation in younger children. Before joining the Hugo House team in December 2021, she interned at local publisher Chin Music Press and was a prose editor with Bricolage Literary and Visual Arts Journal. When she’s not drinking coffee or writing, Aubrey can usually be found reading, drawing, or playing online games with friends.