Hugo Literary Series

Creativity in action.

Every year, Hugo House commissions new prose, poetry, and songs based on a writing prompt. During the Hugo Literary Series, authors share the results. The series is a collage of unexpected styles and different points of view. Writers and musicians are encouraged to work without a sense of obligation, censorship, or stylistic frame.

You’ll see writers willing to take risks, to work without the safety net of editors, publishers, or reviewers affirming the work before they stand in front of an audience and read it aloud. They are writers who share the exhilaration of creating something new and sharing it with an audience before the work appears in a book, between the glossy covers of a magazine, or pressed in vinyl.

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $15
Member: $12
Student/Need-Based Discount: $5
Series Pass: $45/$36/$15

2022-23 Theme: re/birth

This year, we’ve decided to go with the theme re/birth to celebrate, if not the end of the pandemic, then at least some way of us living in the world with it, and the revival/resurgence of creativity that has been dormant for two long years.


Series Events

Purchase a series pass here.
For individual tickets, click the event titles.


Omar El Akkad, Lilliam Rivera, Joshua Mohr, and Brenna Bruce

September 30, 2022  |  7 pm PT


Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Matthew Olzmann, Arianne True, Zoser Dunbar

December 2, 2022  |  7 pm PT

Second Chances

Danez Smith, Rachel Khong, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, and Zan Fiskum

April 28, 2023  |  7 pm PT


Jos Charles, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Putsata Reang, and Lucia Flores-Wiseman

June 2, 2023  |  7 pm PT

Past Literary Series Participants

  • Roxane Gay
  • Dean Young
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Sheila Heti
  • Justin Torres

  • Jericho Brown
  • Anthony Doerr
  • Tarfia Faizullah
  • Rick Bass
  • Elissa Washuta

  • Lauren Groff
  • Benjamin Percy
  • Eduardo C. Corral
  • Patricia Smith
  • and others!