Meet Me in… Index?

Posted Thu, 7/19/2018 - 12:56pm by  |  Category:

Construction of our new home on Capitol Hill is roaring toward completion, but before we finalize everything, we want to get your input on one of the most important parts of our new home: the classrooms. In honor of Richard…

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Kristen Millares Young Named 2018-19 Prose Writer-in-Residence

Posted Mon, 7/16/2018 - 9:25am by  |  Category:
Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young has not only been an important part of Hugo House but of the literary community at large. If you’ve been to a reading in Seattle lately, you’ve likely seen her in the audience or on the stage,…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Writing It Out

Posted Thu, 6/28/2018 - 10:05am by  |  Category:

In our 280-character world, good conversation can be hard to find. What luck then that I found myself in a room with a group of people looking to go a little deeper than a sound bite. We were gathered at…

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Rob Arnold Joins Hugo House to Program Readings and Events

Posted Tue, 6/26/2018 - 7:56am by  |  Category: ,

We are excited to announce that Rob Arnold has joined our staff to program readings and events. Welcome, Rob! An arts administrator, creative organizer, and poet with an extensive background in publishing and working with writers, Rob brings a decade…

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Four Ways to Refine Your Critic’s Voice by Melinda Bargreen

Posted Wed, 6/20/2018 - 11:01am by  |  Category: , ,

As the saying goes: “Everyone’s a critic.” But bringing out your inner reviewer is a complex process. Writing a review is much more than just “criticizing.” In my upcoming class, Critical Thinking: Writing a Review, you’ll have the opportunity to…

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Summer Readings and Events: Write Our Democracy, Ben Lerner, and More

Posted Tue, 6/05/2018 - 7:59am by  |  Category:

Words are alive and malleable. At Hugo House, you can literally watch them being shaped by living, practicing writers. Our events, too, focus on the process of writing as much as the finished product, and that ethos is even more…

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Keep Writing: A Teach-In With Write Our Democracy and Seattle Escribe

Posted Wed, 5/30/2018 - 9:44am by  |  Category: ,

It’s a myth that good writing requires solitude. Or, at least, it’s a half-truth. When I teach, I tell my students this: We write in community. What I mean by this is that writing is an act of connection, a…

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How to Start Budgeting for Your Self-Published Book

Posted Thu, 5/24/2018 - 4:00pm by  |  Category: ,

My second novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016, publishes this week. Or, if you want to be more accurate, self-publishes this week. I elected to self-publish both volumes of The Biographies of Ordinary People (a Millennial-era Little…

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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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Six Ways Writers Can Help Their Publicists by Michelle Bonanno Triant

Posted Tue, 5/08/2018 - 10:32am by  |  Category: ,

Writers always want to know what they can do to help facilitate publicity efforts for their books, especially during that unbearable wait between the last pen stroke and publication date. First, it’s important to get into the mindset of a…

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Renewal: Writing About Change by Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Wed, 4/18/2018 - 9:24am by  |  Category: , ,

Sometimes I feel the need to explain why so many of the readings I select for my classes are tinged with sadness. It’s what I’m drawn to as a reader, I say. I like stuff that is dark. As a…

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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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Poet Ada Limón Offers a Luminous New Collection and Some Insight

Posted Tue, 4/10/2018 - 12:23pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Ada Limón is the author of five collections of poetry. The most well-known, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award among other prestigious nominations. Her newest collection, The Carrying, will be…

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Micro Lesson: Asking and Answering Questions of Travel with Elizabeth Bishop by Carolyne Wright

Posted Mon, 4/09/2018 - 11:09am by  |  Category: , , ,

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was the consummate American poet of travel, writing and translating worldwide, and living for fifteen years in Brazil. Her “traveler takes a notebook, writes” about the mysteries of maps, the wonders of cultures and landscapes. In my…

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Micro Lesson: An Exercise in Empathy by Ruth Joffre

Posted Thu, 4/05/2018 - 7:35am by  |  Category: , ,

It is often said that reading makes us better, kinder people. Many articles expound on how the act of reading benefits the mind and body by decreasing stress levels, teaching us about other people and cultures, and introducing us to…

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