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  • Date: April 15
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PT

Hugo Literary Series | Uncountable: Jami Attenberg, Deesha Philyaw, E. Lily Yu, & Nic Masangkay

There’s little doubt that time has felt weird over these last two years. For this season’s Hugo Literary Series, twelve writers and musicians will be riffing on variations of time. For this evening’s event, writers Jami Attenberg, Deesha Philyaw, E. Lily Yu, and Nic Masangkay started from the prompt of Uncountable—time flashing ahead or away.

Time waits for no one—snag a ticket to the series before time runs out!

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Hugo House event attendees are invited to join us an hour before each Hugo Lit Series event to mingle with the performers and community members. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Doors open at 6pm PT. Please read here for info about accessing the space and our evolving door situation.

All Hugo Literary Series events this season will be held in-person. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 for members. We also have a $5 option for students or anyone who is financially disadvantaged. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of the page.

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About the Authors


Jami Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction, including: Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and All Grown Up. Her most recent novel is All This Could Be Yours (2019). She is also the author of the memoir I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home (2022). Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Slate, and others. Her work has been published in a total of sixteen languages. She lives in New Orleans, LA.

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also the co-author of  Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

E. Lily Yu is the author of On Fragile Waves, published in 2021, and the librettist of Between Stars, with composer Steven K. Tran, for the Seattle Opera’s 2021 Jane Lang Creation Lab. She received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. More than thirty of her stories have appeared in venues from McSweeney’s to, as well as twelve best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards.

With roots in Mindoro and Pangasinan; birthplace in Queens, NY; childhood in Northern NJ and Sequim, WA; almost-30 cultural worker Nic Masangkay came of age on Coast Salish lands of the Duwamish tribe —Seattle, Masangkay’s current home base. Not a master of any medium, the musician-poet-multimedia-maker prioritizes transformative storytelling from their Filipino American, millennial, sick and disabled, queer and trans, survivor perspective. Powerful, earnest performances move audiences to tears: theater spectators and bedside friends alike. Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, and Tumblr features for “My Gender Is for Mothers”; 2018 Jack Straw Cultural Center AAP Resident; 2019 4Culture Arc Artist Fellow; independent singer-songwriter-producer alt-pop releases with EP Dark at Dusk: the Final Suicide(2019) and single “Star” (2021); Masangkay currently works on their forthcoming project We Came of Age as Love Was Changing.