What is the title of your class?
Richard Hugo and his Circles
People should take this class if…
…they are interested in reading more and learning about Richard Hugo and the great writers that were part of his social circles here in Seattle and, later, in Missoula, Montana, from his teacher Theodore Roethke, his classmates James Wright, David Wagoner, Carolyn Kizer, and Donald Hall, and his Montana milieu. If the Nobel were awarded for groups of friends, then it should have gone to that Missoula squad: Hugo, William Kittredge, Annick Smith, James Crumley, James and Lois Welch, Madeline DeFrees, and others.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
What’s your teaching philosophy?
Learning is fun, or it’s nothing.
If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
Drawing only from the writers considered in this class, probably Winter in the Blood, by James Welch.
What are you currently working on?
A new book of poems about embarrassment.
If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Find a few writers you like and read them very deeply, rather than trying to read a little bit by everybody.
What do you like best about Hugo House?
All the people are swell.
What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?
Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward, by Ruth Salvaggio. It would go well with a Ramos Gin Fizz.