Fall Quarter COVID Policies for Classes

Posted Tue, 8/10/2021 - 3:05pm by  |  Category: , ,

If you’re thinking about joining us for an in-person class this fall, here’s what you need to know. This fall, we’re offering our first in-person classes in over a year at our permanent home in Seattle. We can’t wait to…

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Criticism as Equipment for Living by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Mon, 11/01/2021 - 8:55am by  |  Category: ,

Toward the end of his recent book, Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist, Patrick Nathan offers a robust defense of the art of criticism. Here, despite the risks associated with starting a post with an overly long…

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“The best poetry is inherently natural”: A Q&A with Jessica Mehta

Posted Tue, 10/19/2021 - 8:46am by  |  Category: , ,

This September, Jessica Mehta officially stepped into the role of poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Jessica is the author of fifteen books, including the collection When We Talk of Stolen Sisters (Not a Pipe Publishing), which was published earlier this year….

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How to Reinvigorate Your Revision Process by Dilruba Ahmed

Posted Thu, 10/14/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: , , ,

Poets, are your rough drafts piling up? Maybe some draft poems seem to have potential: a strong opening. A resonant image. A metaphor that shines. And yet, something’s missing, and you can’t quite pinpoint the problem. Or perhaps starting new poems…

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How to Bake a Play, a personal recipe by Brian Dang

Posted Wed, 10/06/2021 - 8:06am by  |  Category: , ,

As any internet recipe starts, start with an intensely personal anecdote that people might scroll past to get to the ingredients list (regardless, it should mean the world to you). This can be anywhere from your love of pies to…

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Facing Fears and Other Writerly Hells by D.A. Navoti

Posted Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

The Season of the Witch is upon us and what frightens me most is my own writing. I sit for hours at my desk and pen a paragraph that’s eventually deleted (ugh!), or I fret over word choices because maybe…

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Micro Lesson: How to Read Like a Writer by Radhika Sharma

Posted Wed, 9/29/2021 - 10:11am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It is no secret that reading nourishes and empowers our writing. Yet, reading like a writer may not always come naturally to us and requires us to train our faculties in precise ways. The following are some possibilities and suggestions…

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36 Questions for Self-Interrogation: Or, How to Turn Ancestral Research into Personal Narrative by Katie Lee Ellison

Posted Fri, 9/24/2021 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , , ,

My memoir began with questions about my family—Who are we? What happened to us? Why are we the way we are? But what I really meant was, Who am I? Why am I this way? And actually, what I really,…

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Teacher Toolkit: How to Become a Hugo House Teacher

Posted Fri, 9/17/2021 - 11:00am by  |  Category:

Classes are a central part of what we do at Hugo House, but how do you become a Hugo teacher?   Each quarter, we accept class proposals from writers and teaching artists in the Seattle area and beyond, with an eye…

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Teacher Toolkit: How to Write a Hugo Class Proposal

Posted Mon, 9/06/2021 - 8:51am by  |  Category:

Applying to teach a class at Hugo House? This post breaks down the documents we ask teachers to submit as part of their proposals and provides information from our education staff to help you get started. Class proposals at Hugo…

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Micro Lesson: How to Learn from Burnout—Or, Technically, Writing is a Ravioli by Gabriela Denise Frank

Posted Tue, 8/31/2021 - 11:08am by  |  Category: , , ,

The fall before COVID hit, I was barreling towards peak burnout—but I didn’t know it. This was before the buzzy articles appeared in the New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. I didn’t know what was happening to me—wasn’t…

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Teacher Feature: Kimberly Dark

Posted Tue, 8/17/2021 - 12:09pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Hugo House teacher Kimberly Dark is the author of four books, including Fat, Pretty, and Soon to Be Old; The Daddies; and Love and Errors. Her most recent book, Damaged Like Me, which explores how we can create more equitable…

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What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

Posted Mon, 8/02/2021 - 12:14pm by  |  Category: ,

Last quarter, we introduced Scholarship Donation Day as a way for folks to directly support scholarships at Hugo House, with the benefit of signing up for classes before Hugo House members and the general public. This program replaces the $500+…

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Teacher Feature: Aimee Suzara

Posted Wed, 7/28/2021 - 11:00am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Aimee Suzara is a Filipino American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA. She’s the author of the poetry collection Souvenir, which was a Finalist for the WILLA Award in 2015, as well as the plays…

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Jessica Mehta named 2021–22 poet-in-residence at Hugo House

Posted Mon, 7/19/2021 - 11:58am by  |  Category:

SEATTLE—July 19, 2021—Hugo House is pleased to announce that interdisciplinary author and artist Jessica Mehta will serve as its newest poet-in-residence, as part of one of the longest-running programs at Seattle’s home for words. Mehta is the author of fifteen…

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