Posts about “Poetry”

“The best poetry is inherently natural”: A Q&A with Jessica Mehta

Posted Tue, 10/19/2021 - 8:46am by  |  Category: , ,

This September, Jessica Mehta officially stepped into the role of poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Jessica is the author of fifteen books, including the collection When We Talk of Stolen Sisters (Not a Pipe Publishing), which was published earlier this year….

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How to Reinvigorate Your Revision Process by Dilruba Ahmed

Posted Thu, 10/14/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: , , ,

Poets, are your rough drafts piling up? Maybe some draft poems seem to have potential: a strong opening. A resonant image. A metaphor that shines. And yet, something’s missing, and you can’t quite pinpoint the problem. Or perhaps starting new poems…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2020

Posted Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:41am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. As we look forward to the 2021, we’re also taking a moment to reflect on some of the books that got us through this year. Get one last great read in…

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Video Lesson: What If the Humans Stayed Home? with Jessica Gigot

Posted Tue, 10/13/2020 - 3:55pm by  |  Category: , ,

With communities around the world staying home due to the pandemic, there’s been a number of stories documenting unusual and inspiring animal activity, some true and some sensationalized. These stories, as well as some of the questions they’ve elicited from…

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Teacher Feature: Sharon Bryan

Posted Fri, 9/25/2020 - 12:24pm by  |  Category: , ,

Hugo House instructor Sharon Bryan is the author of four collections of poetry, including Flying Blind, Objects of Affection, and Salt Air. In 2009, her collection, Sharp Stars, received the Isabella Stewart Gardner Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in…

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Teacher Feature: Erin Malone

Posted Tue, 9/22/2020 - 12:48pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Hugo House instructor Erin Malone is a Seattle-based poet whose works have been featured in FIELD, New Ohio Review, Radar Poetry, and Ruminate. Her first full-length collection, Hover, won the Patricia Bibby Award from Tebot Bach Press and was published…

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Time and Distance Overcome: Research in Poetry by Erin Malone

Posted Mon, 6/29/2020 - 9:47am by  |  Category: , , ,

“Time and Distance Overcome”: I titled this class after an essay of the same name by Eula Biss. I wanted a few words to suggest how a dive into the historical record can yield surprising and urgent connections to our…

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“A Glimpse of Something Real”: An exclusive Q&A with poet Ed Skoog

Posted Fri, 5/15/2020 - 1:08pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Ed Skoog is an award-winning poet and author of four books of poetry. His latest collection Travelers Leaving For the City will be released by Copper Canyon Press on May 26. Listen to Ed’s reading of the titular piece here….

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Micro Lesson: Seeing Outside of Ourselves by Jessica Gigot

Posted Fri, 4/03/2020 - 1:05pm by  |  Category: , , ,

When I initially planned my spring quarter Embodied Ecopoetics workshop, the world was a different place. I offered my first installment of this workshop at Hugo House in the fall and was excited about the opportunity to offer it again…

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Love in the Time of COVID-19 by Janée J. Baugher

Posted Tue, 3/31/2020 - 11:35am by  |  Category: ,

With National Poetry Month starting April 1, Hugo Instructor Janée Baugher wrote this poem for the blog. Her class, National Poetry Month Intensive, starts tomorrow. Late registrations are welcome. Call 206.322.7030 to sign up. Learn more » I’m thinking about…

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Happy Divorce! How to separate sound from meaning in poetry by Erica Sklar

Posted Fri, 2/28/2020 - 10:37am by  |  Category: , , ,

Divorcing ourselves from meaning in writing can feel impossible. We get lost in our narratives and our characters, in the metaphors we’re creating and the incredible dialogue that we just can’t seem to fit into the story. But the freedom…

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Hearing Voices: Breaking Writer’s Block through Radical Listening by Matt Trease

Posted Tue, 1/21/2020 - 8:58am by  |  Category: , , ,

In the many years since I decided to become a writer and teacher, I’ve heard numerous students, and even established writers, bemoan what they call writer’s block with some variation of the lament “I just don’t feel I have anything…

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Micro Lesson: Writing the Dead and Other Magical Inclinations by Michele Bombardier

Posted Fri, 1/17/2020 - 9:53am by  |  Category: , , ,

One of the best parts of being a poet is the outrageousness of it.  “Out here I can say anything” Larry Levis famously wrote, and we understand viscerally what he meant. On the page, we get to say anything, go…

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Micro Lesson: Writing From Nature by John Farnsworth

Posted Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:22am by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

When people learn that I’m a nature writer, there’s a natural assumption that what I spend most of my time doing is writing about nature. While it would not be unkind or even inaccurate to characterize my work this way,…

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How To Write Several Poems in the Course of an Afternoon by Kelli Russell Agodon

Posted Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , ,

There is this belief that we can sit down at a laptop or open our notebooks and write a poem. While some can do that, there are many who, when they sit down and see the blank screen, follow that…

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