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Transition Updates: Collaboration, commonality, and our upcoming meeting with WOCA

Posted Mon, 4/19/2021 - 10:06am by  |  Category: ,

Dear friends, Many of you have written me, wondering how Hugo House is doing during this time of transition—so I’d like to write some occasional letters to keep you all in the loop on how things are going. Consider them…

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“Artists are interested in the truth, not the facts”: An Exclusive Q&A with Russell Banks

Posted Tue, 5/04/2021 - 8:57am by  |  Category: ,

Russell Banks is the author of over twenty books, including the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. Rusell’s…

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Conquest: An exclusive Q&A with Jeff VanderMeer & Juan Carlos Reyes

Posted Fri, 4/23/2021 - 1:23pm by  |  Category: ,

On May 7, the 2021 Hugo Literary Series turns its attention to the White Horse of the Apocalypse with an evening of new works from Jeff VanderMeer, Lacy M. Johnson, and Juan Carlos Reyes on the theme conquest. We recently…

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Congrats, Hugo Teachers!

Posted Thu, 4/08/2021 - 8:00am by  |  Category: ,

It’s no secret that Hugo House has some talented writers on our teaching staff, and we want to celebrate them! Here are just a few of the literary accomplishments our teachers have had so far in 2021. Kim Addonizio’s new…

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Death: An Exclusive Q&A with Layli Long Soldier and Lucy Tan

Posted Mon, 3/29/2021 - 11:00am by  |  Category: ,

On April 2, the 2021 Hugo Literary Series continues with an evening of cataclysmic new works from Rebecca Makkai, Layli Long Soldier, and Lucy Tan on the theme of the pale rider: Death. We recently caught up with Layli and…

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A Letter from Rob Arnold, our Acting Interim ED

Posted Mon, 3/08/2021 - 11:38am by  |  Category: ,

Dear friend, You’ve heard by now that I’ve been appointed Acting Interim Executive Director following Tree Swenson’s resignation. Taking a leadership role in a time of transition and transformation is intimidating and complex, and I’m learning as I go. But…

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Hugo House names Rob Arnold Acting Interim Executive Director

Posted Wed, 3/03/2021 - 10:31am by  |  Category: ,

Indigenous poet takes leadership role SEATTLE—Mar. 3, 2021—Following the resignation of former Executive Director Tree Swenson on February 19, Hugo House has named Rob Arnold as acting interim executive director. For the past three years, Arnold has served as Hugo…

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Hugo House announces leadership transition.

Posted Fri, 2/19/2021 - 8:06am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House Announces Leadership Transition SEATTLE – Feb. 19, 2021 – The Hugo House Board of Directors today announced the resignation of executive director Tree Swenson, effective immediately. Swenson leaves Hugo House in strong financial health after nine years of…

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Famine: An Exclusive Q&A with Ottessa Moshfegh, Leni Zumas, and Laura Da’

Posted Fri, 1/29/2021 - 5:35pm by  |  Category: , ,

On February 12, Ottessa Moshfegh, Leni Zumas, and Laura Da’ will kick off the apocalyptic 2021 Hugo Literary Series with new works on the theme of “Famine.” In a recent email exchange, Ottessa, Leni, and Laura shared details about their…

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Teacher Feature: Tess Taylor

Posted Fri, 1/29/2021 - 9:23am by  |  Category:

Hugo House instructor Tess Taylor is the author of three collections of poetry, including Rift Zone, Work & Days, and The Forage House, as well as Last West, a hybrid photography and poetry book exploring Dorothea Lange’s life in California….

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Teacher Feature – Carrie Fountain

Posted Tue, 1/26/2021 - 9:36am by  |  Category: , ,

Hugo House instructor Carrie Fountain is the author of two collections of poetry (Instant Winner, Burn Lake), the YA novel I’m Not Missing, and The Poem Forest, a children’s book about the life and legacy of W.S. Merwin. Her third…

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Progress on Racial Equity Action Items

Posted Mon, 1/25/2021 - 3:17pm by  |  Category: ,

A month ago, we wrote about our reckoning with racial inequities at Hugo House. We know that an equity statement without action means nothing; we also know that achieving transformative change is a long, often uncomfortable process that requires careful thought…

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Teacher Feature: DaMaris B. Hill

Posted Fri, 1/15/2021 - 9:41am by  |  Category: , ,

Hugo House instructor DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, and \Vi-zə-bəl\  \Teks-chərs\(Visible Textures). She holds PhDs in creative…

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Racism at Hugo House: A Public Acknowledgement

Posted Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:30pm by  |  Category: ,

In August of this year, Hugo House received a letter from members of our community expressing significant concerns about structural and systemic racism within our organization. We respect and honor our community’s willingness to bring this issue to the forefront of our attention,…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2020

Posted Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:41am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. As we look forward to the 2021, we’re also taking a moment to reflect on some of the books that got us through this year. Get one last great read in…

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