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Meet Our Youth Programs Coordinator, Robert Babs

Posted Mon, 5/21/2018 - 7:24am by  |  Category: , ,

Until a few weeks ago you could find Robert Babs, a Seattle native and self-professed “lit nerd,” behind the scenes helping to organize Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Marrowstone Music Festival. Robert is a passionate arts administrator with years of experience…

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Poets & Writers Features the New Hugo House

Posted Tue, 4/17/2018 - 7:53am by  |  Category: ,

If you’ve picked up the latest issue of Poets & Writers, you might have seen the familiar sight of our ramshackle old home resurrected on its glossy pages. For the May/June issue, Lora Shinn spoke with Executive Director Tree Swenson…

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Spring Readings and Events: Charles Johnson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Alexander Chee, Ada Limón, and More

Posted Mon, 3/05/2018 - 7:57am by  |  Category:

We have a packed calendar of readings and events this Spring season, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming writers, renowned bestselling authors, and much-anticipated new books. Hugo Literary Series This spring wraps up the 2017-18 season of our signature Hugo…

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Take a Tour of the New Hugo House

Posted Mon, 1/22/2018 - 11:57am by  |  Category:

Set to open summer 2018 on the corner of 11th Avenue and E Olive, the new Hugo House will have ample room for us to continue to dream and grow. More space to serve more readers and writers Six classrooms…

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New Series Supports Indigenous Poets

Posted Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House and Poetry Foundation kick off Poetry Across the Nations, a new community outreach program facilitated by Native women, on December 6–8. Conceived by poet Natalie Diaz in collaboration with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation,…

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Writer-in-Residence Sonora Jha Awarded 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship at Playa

Posted Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:30am by  |  Category: ,

Congratulations to Sonora Jha, our prose writer-in-residence, who was selected for the 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship at Playa. The fellowship is awarded each year to a writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice…

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Word Works 2016 Speaker Kevin Young a Finalist for the National Book Awards

Posted Thu, 9/14/2017 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Congratulations to Kevin Young for the 2017 National Book Award nomination in nonfiction for his book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press)! In April of 2016, we were honored to have Young…

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level: New Tiered Classes in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

Posted Mon, 8/14/2017 - 1:29pm by  |  Category: , , ,

In addition to yearlong courses, we’re now excited to offer a track of classes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. These classes are designed to help you feel confident when progressing through your writing, equipping you with the appropriate tools,…

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Former Hugo House Writer-in-Residence Named Seattle’s Next Civic Poet

Posted Tue, 8/01/2017 - 8:25am by  |  Category: ,

Seattle, meet your next Civic Poet: Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert! Anastacia-Reneé served as Hugo House’s 2016-2017 poetry writer-in-residence and is a frequent instructor. As the two-year Civic Poet, Anastacia-Reneé will serve “as a cultural ambassador for Seattle’s rich, multi-hued landscape… In addition…

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Building for the Arts Grant Would Provide Critical Funding for Hugo House’s New Home

Posted Fri, 6/30/2017 - 11:41am by  |  Category: ,

A few months ago, our executive director, Tree Swenson, wrote to you — teachers, students, friends, and supporters of Hugo House — to urge you to contact your state legislators to voice your support for full funding of the Building…

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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…

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NEA Awards Hugo House $30,000 to Support 2017-2018 Season

Posted Tue, 6/13/2017 - 5:29pm by  |  Category:

Great news came with the National Endowment for the Arts’ second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017: Among the more than $82 million awarded for arts projects nationwide, $30,000 was awarded to Hugo House to support the 2017–2018 season…

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Keep Writing: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, fiction writer and Hugo House instructor

Posted Mon, 4/03/2017 - 10:54am by  |  Category: , ,

“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald For years I’ve kept this quote pinned to the wall above my writing desk. In the past, I understood it to be about the murk…

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Meet the 2017 Scribes Instructors: Roberto Ascalon & Sierra Nelson at MOHAI

Posted Fri, 3/17/2017 - 11:41am by  |  Category: , ,

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting our Scribes instructors to learn more about their literary style and what they have in store for the next batch of young writers at our two-week immersive writing camps for teens. For more…

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Keep Writing: Anastacia-Renee, poet and Hugo House writer-in-residence

Posted Tue, 3/07/2017 - 1:41pm by  |  Category: , ,

In my personal life, there are times when I feel stretched between boiling over with gratitude and quoting my grandmother, who once said in the 80’s, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket,” after watching an episode…

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