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  • Date: September 24
  • Time: 7:30pm - 7:30pm PT

Trading Places

So, a poet, a cartoonist and a novelist walk into a literary center–sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it?

At Hugo House, it is the premise of Trading Places, where we invited three writers–Daemond Arrindell, David Lasky and Cienna Madrid–to “trade” genres with each other, creating a new piece of writing in a form that isn’t their norm and reading the new works at Hugo House on Thursday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10-15 and are available at For more information, call (206) 322-7030.

About the Writers
Daemond Arrindell’s full-time work is managing a teen hotline, but his passion has always been poetry. He is the Seattle Slammaster, curating the Seattle Poetry Slam for six years, and has coached the nationally-ranked Seattle Poetry Slam team for five years. He is a faculty member at Freehold Theatre, teaching spoken word & performance poetry. Daemond has facilitated writing workshops at Harborview Medical Center, Edmonds Community College Theater Camp, the National Poetry Slam, Monroe Correctional Complex, Echo Glen Children’s Center and Nova Project Poetry Festival. In 2008, Daemond was awarded 2nd place in the Washington Poets Association Bart Baxter Performance Poetry competition. 

David Lasky’s first published comics appeared in his college newspaper 20 years ago. He began drawing mini-comics in 1991 and began working with comics publishers in 1993. Among his best-known work are a nine-page mini-adaptation of Joyce’s “Ulysses,” eight issues of “Boom Boom Comics,” two issues of the award-nominated “Urban Hipster” and “No Ordinary Flu” in collaboration with King County Department of Public Health. He teaches comics classes for Arts Corps, 826 Seattle, Richard Hugo House, The Gage Academy and The Experience Music Project. David is currently at work on his first graphic novel, “Don’t Forget This Song,” the story of country music’s Carter Family. 

Cienna Madrid is a local writer and humorist whose articles have appeared in The Stranger, Arcade Journal, SubTerrain Magazine and the Boise Weekly. She is a writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House, where she is working to complete her first novel. In her free time Madrid volunteers at Heritage House and mentors a teen writer who often exhibits more discipline and skill than Madrid herself. She can’t draw, but for the sake of this reading, politeness demands you pretend otherwise.