Writers in Residence

Published writers in the house.

Our program has been bringing talented published authors to Hugo House since 1999. Writers-in-residence receive a monthly stipend and paid teaching opportunities, along with the time and space to complete a manuscript. And, they are available to provide guidance and advice to Seattle-based writers from September 15 to June 15, free of charge.

How to Apply

Hugo House accepts applications for the writer-in-residence position every year. The application period is open from January 1 to March 31.

Check back in early 2023 for details on our next application process.

Meet Your 2021-22 Writers in Residence


Ruth Joffre SquareRuth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast, which was longlisted for The Story Prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon ReviewGulf CoastPleiadesPrairie SchoonerThe Masters ReviewLightspeedNashville Review, and elsewhere. Her months-long interview series with the authors, editors, and curators of craft books, essays, and resources is freely available on the Kenyon Review blog. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ruth lives in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House and co-organizes the Fight for Our Lives performance series.

Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, email ruthjoffre@hugohouse.org.


Jessica Mehta No Photographer 240x300Jessica Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is an Aniyunwiya (citizen of the Cherokee Nation) interdisciplinary author and artist. Awards include a US Fulbright Scholar Award, UCross Native American artist-in-residence position, 2021 GLEAN: Portland Award, Native Arts and Culture LIFT Award, and Regional Arts and Culture Council Make/Learn/Build Award. She has published fifteen books, two of which will be released this year: When We Talk of Stolen Sisters (Not a Pipe Publishing) and Antipodes (New Rivers Press). Mehta is completing her PhD in literature at the University of Exeter (England) and serves as a post-graduate researcher at the largest Victorian Centre in England, the first Native American to hold this position.

Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, email jessicamehta@hugohouse.org.

Past Writers-in-Residence

2020-2021: Laura Da’ & Ruth Joffre
2019-2020: Kristen Millares Young & Laura Da’
2018-2019: Amber Flame & Kristen Millares Young
2017-2018: Sonora Jha & Amber Flame
2016-2017: Anastacia-Renee & Sonora Jha
2015-2016: Joan Leegant & Anastacia-Renee
2014-2015: Kary Wayson & Joan Leegant 2013-2014: Peter Mountford & Kary Wayson
2012-2013: Tara Hardy & Peter Mountford
2009-2010: Ryan Boudinot & Karen Finneyfrock
2008-2010: Cienna Madrid* & Storme Webber*

2008-2009: Angela Jane Fountas & Ed Skoog
2006-2008: Todd Faulkner* & Cody Walker*
2006-2008: Wendy Call & David Wagoner
2005-2006: Bryan Miller* & Bob Redmond*
2004-2005: Matt Briggs & Anna Maria Hong
2004-2005: James Arthur* & Grant Cogswell*
2003-2004: Brenda Bell* & Brian Goedde*
2001-2003: Kathleen Alcala & Emily White
1999-2001: Joan Fiset & Charles Mudede
1999-2000: Rebecca Brown

* Starred writers were part of the Hugo Huts Writers in Residence program, which was discontinued in 2010.