Your Neighborhood’s Feminist Witchcraft: An Exclusive Q&A With Rachel Kessler and Jericho Brown

Posted Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Jericho Brown

All eyes will be on authors Rachel Kessler, Jericho Brown, and Porochista Khakpour on Friday, Nov. 10. They’ll be taking the stage for the latest installment in our Hugo Literary Series. As a nod to our new and permanent home, this…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Get Started

Posted Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts in two days on Wednesday, November 1. NaNoWriMo is a great way to finally achieve that novel-writing dream because of its clear goal and short deadline. To participate, all you have to do is…

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Making Certain It Goes On: The Latest News

Posted Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:00am by  |  Category:

You might have seen a recent piece in Crosscut about this legislative snag: The Washington State Legislature has yet to pass the $4 billion capital budget. Hugo House is recommended for $1.034 million in that budget—a key part of our…

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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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Making Certain It Goes On: Keeping Culture Alive

Posted Tue, 9/19/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category:
Hugo House floor plan

Kelly Link, who kicked off this year’s Word Works series earlier this month, once said in an interview, “I’d be flattered if someone said that my work is ‘too weird’ for them. I value the uncompliment.” At Hugo House, we…

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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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Second Chances: An Exclusive Q&A With Sonora Jha, Meghan Daum, and Solmaz Sharif

Posted Wed, 9/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Real estate: It’s on our minds here at Hugo House as we prepare for the grand opening of our new and permanent home, tentatively scheduled for spring of 2018. That’s why this year’s Lit Series is all about place. To…

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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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Making Certain It Goes On: Writers Are at the Center

Posted Thu, 7/13/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

One of the most important qualities we want in our new space is that it feel like a gathering space. We want people to come and talk about writing and writers and words. Our vision is to open the literary…

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Micro Lesson: Jeanine Walker on Discovering Poetic Voice

Posted Fri, 7/07/2017 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , ,

Our voice as poets is a mix of who we are, what we think and feel, and a summation of everything we’ve read in our lives. Voice is the result of both experience and influence. In her book Black Lightning:…

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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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On the Poetry of Witness and Protest by Merna Ann Hecht

Posted Wed, 6/28/2017 - 8:13am by  |  Category: ,

At this turbulent time in our country and globally, many poets feel summoned to write about events that pose grave threats to justice and endanger our common humanity. We turn to poetry in order to find a language that provides…

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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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Making Certain It Goes On: Nothing Happens Nowhere

Posted Thu, 6/15/2017 - 9:00am by  |  Category:
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“We love Hugo House!” the two woman told me in unison. I was at a book publication party and had been introduced to them as the director of Hugo House. “That’s great!” I replied. “Do you take classes there?” “No,…

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