Hugo Fellows Mid-Year Reading
Come celebrate half a year of growth and work from our 2023-24 Hugo House Fellows at their mid-year reading!
The Hugo Fellows will read from the projects they’ve been working on during their Hugo Fellowships, featuring Celeste Chan, Adelle Dimitui, Cass Garison, Jenne Hsien Patrick, Jordynn Paz, and Neena Viel. Writers-in-Residence Ching-In Chen and Joyce Chen, who served as mentors for this class of Fellows, will emcee.
You can read more about the 2022–24 Hugo Fellows and their projects here.The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Adelle Ingrid Dimitui
Adelle Dimitui is a graphic novelist whose work is heavily influenced by her childhood growing up in Myanmar and the Philippines. She aims to highlight underrepresented narratives and cultures, particularly those centered around life in the Global South. Since her graduation from Princeton University, Adelle has been based in Seattle where she currently works in cybersecurity. Adelle spends her free time singing, songwriting, scuba diving, and flying planes.
Jenne Hsien Patrick
Jenne Hsien Patrick is a writer and artist based in Seattle. She writes poetry, hybrid text/image works and comics, often incorporating textiles and papercutting. They are currently writing about motherhood, family history, self-preservation and survival as an inheritance from the matriarchal lines of their family. Jenne is a Tin House Workshop alum, and their work has appeared in publications such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, wildness/Platypus Press, and Honey Literary among others.
Jordynn Paz is from the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation of southeast Montana. Growing up on the reservation, she regularly attended powwows and other cultural/ceremonial events, often with a book in hand. Jordynn received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Native American Studies from the University of Montana. As a journalist she covered Indigenous issues including the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement, blood quantum, and the complexities of Indigenous identity.
Jordynn was a production assistant for the docuseries Murder in Big Horn which covered MMIW cases within her home community. Jordynn plans to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in the future. Her focus on fiction and narrative nonfiction allows her to tell stories of her community in an accessible way. Growing up an avid reader she rarely saw her people in modern fiction or classic literature. She hopes to contribute to the amazing work of Indigenous writers of today.
Neena Viel is a horror writer who lives in a cabin in the woods. A 2021-2022 Pitch Wars mentee, her work explores social horror and humor through a Black lens. Her debut novel, Listen To Your Sister, in which three siblings travel to a remote cabin in the wake of events following the youngest sibling’s Black Lives Matter activism and confront a nightmare world, is slated for a 2025 release from St. Martin’s Press.
Celeste Chan is a writer and artist schooled by Do-It-Yourself culture and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx NY. She founded and directed Queer Rebels (a queer and trans people of color arts project), created and curated experimental films, joined Foglifter Literary Journal as an editor and board member, and toured with feminist literary road show, Sister Spit. She's grateful for support from Hedgebrook, Hugo House, Periplus, Ragdale, and Carolyn Moore House, among others. Celeste is now focused on writing her hybrid memoir.
Descended from ocean dwellers, Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American writer, community organizer and teacher. They are author of The Heart's Traffic: a novel in poems (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry winner) as well as chapbooks to make black paper sing (speCt! Books) and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for Monsters (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Leslie Scalapino Finalist). Chen is co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 1st edition; AK Press, 2nd edition) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press). They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat, Imagining America, Jack Straw Cultural Center and the Intercultural Leadership Institute as well as the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers. A community organizer, they have worked in Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, Boston, Milwaukee, Houston and Seattle and are currently a core member of the Massage Parlor Outreach Project. They currently teach at University of Washington Bothell in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics. www.chinginchen.com
Joyce Chen is a writer, editor, and community builder who draws inspiration from many coastal cities. She has covered entertainment and human interest stories for Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest, Elle, Refinery29, the New York Daily News, and People, among others, and her creative writing credits include Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Narratively, and Slant’d, among others. She has contributed op-eds to Paste magazine, and writes book reviews for Orion and Hyphen magazines. In 2022, she co-edited the anthology Uncertain Girls in Uncertain Times, a collection of poetry paired with essays and life lessons. She is a proud VONA alum and was a 2019-2020 Hugo House fellow. She is also the executive director of The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary nonprofit that champions art in the space of social issues.
Cass Garison is a poet & artist with an MFA from University of Washington, Seattle. Their first chapbook, Beauty Exasperated, is coming out through Common Meter Press in April, 2024. They have work published at Poets.org, in Gulf Coast, Foglifter, Bennington Review, Washington Square Review, and others. They run the annual Hamster Rave Retreat for poets & artists.