Posts about “The New Hugo House”

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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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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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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Making Certain It Goes On: Boston, Denver, Seattle, and Beyond

Posted Mon, 3/26/2018 - 10:00am by  |  Category: ,

I can’t tell you how often people tell me, “I wish my city had a place like Hugo House.” Often, they’re out-of-towners attending a Hugo House event or sitting in on a class. Again and again, they leave wishing that…

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Take a Tour of the New Hugo House

Posted Mon, 1/22/2018 - 11:57am by  |  Category:

Set to open summer 2018 on the corner of 11th Avenue and E Olive, the new Hugo House will have ample room for us to continue to dream and grow. More space to serve more readers and writers Six classrooms…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Hugo House $1.032M Closer to Building Our New Home

Posted Fri, 1/19/2018 - 11:24am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House has received a Building for the Arts grant of $1.032 million from Washington state—a significant portion of the funds needed to purchase our new space and turn it into a home for writers. Thank you to everyone who…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Share Your Story

Posted Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:40am by  |  Category:

I recently heard a story about the author Sonya Lea. For those not familiar with Sonya, she published a memoir, Wondering Who You Are, with Tin House; it chronicles her experience with her husband’s amnesia and how they built a…

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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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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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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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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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Making Certain It Goes On: Nothing Happens Nowhere

Posted Thu, 6/15/2017 - 9:00am by  |  Category:
A photo from Hugo House

“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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