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Fall Quarter COVID Policies for Classes

Posted Tue, 8/10/2021 - 3:05pm by  |  Category: , ,

If you’re thinking about joining us for an in-person class this fall, here’s what you need to know. This fall, we’re offering our first in-person classes in over a year at our permanent home in Seattle. We can’t wait to…

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What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

Posted Mon, 8/02/2021 - 12:14pm by  |  Category: ,

Last quarter, we introduced Scholarship Donation Day as a way for folks to directly support scholarships at Hugo House, with the benefit of signing up for classes before Hugo House members and the general public. This program replaces the $500+…

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Jessica Mehta named 2021–22 poet-in-residence at Hugo House

Posted Mon, 7/19/2021 - 11:58am by  |  Category:

SEATTLE—July 19, 2021—Hugo House is pleased to announce that interdisciplinary author and artist Jessica Mehta will serve as its newest poet-in-residence, as part of one of the longest-running programs at Seattle’s home for words. Mehta is the author of fifteen…

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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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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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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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Hugo House announces leadership transition.

Posted Fri, 2/19/2021 - 8:06am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House Announces Leadership Transition SEATTLE – Feb. 19, 2021 – The Hugo House Board of Directors today announced the resignation of executive director Tree Swenson, effective immediately. Swenson leaves Hugo House in strong financial health after nine years of…

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Progress on Racial Equity Action Items

Posted Mon, 1/25/2021 - 3:17pm by  |  Category: ,

A month ago, we wrote about our reckoning with racial inequities at Hugo House. We know that an equity statement without action means nothing; we also know that achieving transformative change is a long, often uncomfortable process that requires careful thought…

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Racism at Hugo House: A Public Acknowledgement

Posted Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:30pm by  |  Category: ,

In August of this year, Hugo House received a letter from members of our community expressing significant concerns about structural and systemic racism within our organization. We respect and honor our community’s willingness to bring this issue to the forefront of our attention,…

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Meet our 2020–21 prose writer-in-residence, Ruth Joffre!

Posted Wed, 7/22/2020 - 4:17pm by  |  Category:

Seattle, WA—Author and community organizer Ruth Joffre has been named as Hugo House’s newest prose writer-in-residence, one of the longest running programs of Seattle’s hub for writers. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Joffre is the…

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COVID-19: FAQs and Information

Posted Wed, 3/04/2020 - 12:30pm by  |  Category: ,

Update: March 12, 2020 Dear friends of Hugo House, Over the past week, we have been trying to keep our doors open because we know Hugo House provides a source of sustenance beyond physical health to many of you. However,…

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The Word Works 2019–20 Series Lineup is Here!

Posted Wed, 8/21/2019 - 10:10am by  |  Category: , ,

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce our Word Works series headliners for the 2019–20 season: Michael Cunningham, Chris Abani, Tom Perrotta, Gish Jen, Sigrid Nunez, and Adam Johnson. Don’t miss a single word from these renowned writers by purchasing…

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