Posts about “Events”

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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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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Charles Johnson: Widening our Horizons on Writing and Storytelling

Posted Wed, 3/28/2018 - 7:26am by  |  Category: , ,

Charles Johnson’s exploration of the art of writing and storytelling has been extensive and ongoing. Starting out as an avid reader in his childhood and teen years (at one stage reading a book or three a week), Johnson gravitated to…

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Heading Home: An Exclusive Q&A With Joshua Ferris, Melissa Febos, and E.J. Koh

Posted Mon, 3/12/2018 - 8:00am by  |  Category: ,
Joshua Ferris

Home: It’s on our minds as we see our new home emerge on Capitol Hill. As we ponder the move to the new Hugo House this summer, we asked authors Joshua Ferris, Melissa Febos, and E.J. Koh what homecoming means…

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Spring Readings and Events: Charles Johnson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Alexander Chee, Ada Limón, and More

Posted Mon, 3/05/2018 - 7:57am by  |  Category:

We have a packed calendar of readings and events this Spring season, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming writers, renowned bestselling authors, and much-anticipated new books. Hugo Literary Series This spring wraps up the 2017-18 season of our signature Hugo…

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Ruth Ozeki: Taking Care of Her Craft

Posted Tue, 2/20/2018 - 7:47am by  |  Category: , ,

Ruth Ozeki is a writer who cares deeply about her craft. Part of that sense of care relates to how her novels are strongly and sensitively informed by her concerns—the health of our food supply, the effect of digital technologies…

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Jess Walter on Time and the Writer

Posted Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:19am by  |  Category: , ,

Jess Walter believes that when you’ve got a sense of humor about life there’s always a way forward. That philosophy clearly relates to his work as a writer. While he may jest at his own ways and means of tackling…

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New Series Supports Indigenous Poets

Posted Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House and Poetry Foundation kick off Poetry Across the Nations, a new community outreach program facilitated by Native women, on December 6–8. Conceived by poet Natalie Diaz in collaboration with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation,…

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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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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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Pretending With Karen Russell: The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Previews Her May 5 Lecture and Upcoming Master Class

Posted Mon, 4/24/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Gracious — that’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Karen Russell. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius, Russell need not respond to my email asking for the below answers. But not only did she respond…

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Betrayed: An Exclusive Q&A With Rick Barot and Kaitlyn Greenidge

Posted Tue, 3/28/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Hugo House Literary Series (Greenidge and Barot)

Authors Rick Barot, Kaitlyn Greenidge and Anis Mojgani visit Hugo House on Friday, April 7, for the final installment in our 2016-2017 Literary Series. After a year of themes including exile, animals and theft, we turn to betrayal — an…

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At the Loom of the Inner Weave by Willie Fitzgerald

Posted Mon, 3/20/2017 - 7:07am by  |  Category: ,

When I was twenty-three and full of vague and unpromising ideas about how fiction might work, I was constantly asking myself how a piece of fiction earns it. ‘It’ was loosely defined, as was ‘earn’; basically, I was looking for…

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