Congrats, Hugo Teachers! (April – July 2021)

Posted Wed, 7/14/2021 - 9:30am by  |  Category: ,

Earlier this year, we shared out a list of literary successes our teachers have found so far in 2021, and we want to keep the celebration going! Check out the list below for new books, new essays, awards, and other…

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Hugo House elects new board president, Shahina Piyarali

Posted Tue, 7/06/2021 - 9:00am by  |  Category:

SEATTLE—July 6, 2021—Last month, the Hugo House board of directors voted in a new president, Shahina Piyarali, a book reviewer, former attorney, and leader in the Seattle literary arts community. Piyarali, an expatriate from Pakistan, is passionate about promoting South…

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Teacher Feature: Stacy D. Flood

Posted Fri, 6/25/2021 - 12:12am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Stacy D. Flood is a playwright and fiction writer whose works have appeared at ACT, Ghost Light Theatricals, Theatre Battery, and Theater Schmeater in Seattle, as well as in SOMA Magazine, Seattle Weekly, among other publications. His…

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Waste in Place: Let’s Look at Some Trash (Data) by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Tue, 6/15/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: ,

A few months ago, the New York Times published one of the most arresting wildlife stories I’ve ever read. The story itself—about efforts to save the dwindling population of greater adjutant storks—was sensitive and well-done. But, and I assure you…

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Teacher Feature: Danielle Mohlman

Posted Tue, 6/08/2021 - 8:57am by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright whose works have been performed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and more. In April 2020, during the early months of quarantine, she also orchestrated a…

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Genre Roulette: The Creative’s Game of Chance by Rachel Werner

Posted Fri, 6/04/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

My only true obsession is writing. At any given moment, I am likely starting a new poem, editing a flash fiction piece in addition to wrapping up a new beauty blog. And that’s on a slow day. Does all of…

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War: An exclusive Q&A with Tommy Orange, Khadijah Queen, and Kristen Millares Young

Posted Fri, 5/28/2021 - 8:19am by  |  Category: ,

On June 4, the 2021 Hugo Literary Series wraps up with a night of new works from Tommy Orange, Khadijah Queen, and Kristen Millares Young on the theme of the Red Horse of the Apocalypse: War. We recently reached out…

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Teacher Feature: Elisabeth Eaves

Posted Fri, 5/21/2021 - 10:40am by  |  Category: , ,

Hugo House instructor Elisabeth Eaves is an award-winning travel writer and the author of two books: Wanderlust: A Love Affair With Five Continents and Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping. Her feature writing has appeared in the New Yorker online,…

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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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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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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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