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Announcing the 2017–2018 Poetry Writer-in-Residence and Made at Hugo House Fellows

Posted Tue, 6/27/2017 - 10:25am by  |  Category:

We’re honored to announce our new writer-in-residence in poetry: award-winning writer, teacher, slam poet, and performer Amber Flame.

Flame is the author of Ordinary Cruelty (Write Bloody) and her one-woman play, Hands Above the Covers: Hairy Palms & Other Nightmares of a Church Kid, was staged as an Artist Residency with New City Theater in 2010 under the auspices of a CityArtist grant through Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Flame has also received grants and residencies from Hedgebrook, Jack Straw, and more, and was one of the last recipients of the Hugo House Writers Funds grants for a multimedia performance titled SoulStories.

I’d like to use the auspices of this residency to reach communities that may not have ties to Hugo House, including many of the diverse talents to be found in queer and POC arts scenes.”

Flame has regularly worked as an activist and organizer for a diverse number of theatrical, cabaret, queer, and POC communities — both during her time in the Bay Area and since returning to Seattle. Her connections to a broad network of artists and teachers also extends to the growing immigrant community and incarcerated populations through her work with The IF Project, a program funded by the Seattle Police Foundation.

During her tenure, Flame will work on completing a manuscript, apocrifa. “apocrifa is a non-gendered love story inspired by the metaphors and structures of the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) from the Apocryphal books of the Bible. The developing intimacy between the lover and beloved is propelled by a compendium of words for love, romance, and affection that remain untranslatable directly to English.”

Our writers-in-residence are also available to Seattle-area writers for free manuscript consultations and writing guidance.

I find it crucial for writers and artists to talk honestly about the pure labor that goes into this career. I do believe anyone can write — indeed, learn to write well — but not everyone truly wants to make a job out of it. My stance as a teacher is to approach balance through that honesty — to recognize the interplay between discipline and inspiration with clear vision and purpose. As the individual I work with recognizes where on the spectrum their interests in writing lies, they begin to discover what determinations they can make to feel fulfilled in their writing practices.”

Flame joins our current prose writer-in-residence, Sonora Jha, and will be available for appointments starting September 15.

Made at Hugo House Fellows

We’re also excited to announce the new Made at Hugo House fellows: poet Holly DeBevoise, poet and writer Max Delsohn, writer Nia Dickens, poet Kym Littlefield, poet and artist Erin Lynch, and indigenous prose writer D.A. Navoti.

The fellowship supports the creation of new work by providing guidance and resources to emerging writers, who spend the year workshopping each other’s writing, meeting with Hugo House writers-in-residence, honing their craft in complimentary classes, and making use of private writing offices in the House while working toward a completed manuscript.

DeBevoise will complete an illuminated set of three poetry chapbooks that all encapsulate a formative chapter of her identity as a poet; Delsohn will finish the first draft of a book of humor essays that draws from his lived experience as a queer transgender person; Dickens plans to work on a collection of short stories centered on the grandchildren of a North Carolinian tobacco farmer in the wake of 9/11; Littlefield‘s project chronicles the two years he spent teaching in Shenzhen, China and explores the role of others and place in identity; Lynch‘s book of poems-in-progress seeks to uncover the complex responsibilities she bears to other people, to the past, and to the land; and Navoti is completing a first-draft narrative about pilgrimages to his desert motherland, exploring his ancestral roots and its conflict with his identities — as a gay atheist writer content with living away from the homeland.

The fellows will give two readings: one at the half-year point and another at the culmination of the fellowship. The current 2016-17 Made at Hugo House fellows will give their final reading this fall.

Read more about the fellows and their projects in the full press release.