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Hugo Literary Series: Rebecca Makkai, Layli Long Soldier, Lucy Tan, and PC Muñoz

April 2 at 6:00 PM PDT

After a year of isolation and infection, of “fake news” and challenges to democracy, of wildfires and superstorms, of violence and racial injustice, one question keeps coming to mind: If these aren’t apocalyptic times, then what are?

For this season’s Hugo Literary Series, we’re going all in on Apocalypse. Over four nights this spring, twelve writers and four musicians will explore all things calamitous, presenting new work themed on, what else, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. So embrace your inner mayhem and snag a ticket to the hottest—and most disastrous—show in town.

“For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.” ― Khalil Gibran

Death and dying: the eternal subject of literature. Shakespeare called it “the undiscovered country,” making it sound like a cool tourist destination. In apocalypse lit, Death rides a Pale Horse and packs a whole Hades of deadly toys: weaponry, plagues, and wild beasts to boot. This evening, watch as four intrepid artistsRebecca Makkai, Layli Long Soldier, Lucy Tan, and PC Muñozarm-wrestle Death for apocalyptic glory.

All Hugo Literary Series events this season will take place online. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 for members. We also have a $5 option for students or anyone who is financially disadvantaged. If you are viewing in a larger group, or if you would like to contribute more, you can purchase tickets at the Patron level. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of the page.

This event will take place via CrowdCast, Pacific Time.

For tickets to all four Hugo Literary Series events, purchase a series pass here.


About the Performers

Photo by Phillipe Matsas

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for WartimeThe Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


Layli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book AwardShe has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was awarded a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2016. Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Lucy Tan is the author of the novel What We Were Promised, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Washington PostRefinery 29, and Amazon. Lucy holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was winner of the August Derleth Prize. A recipient of support from Kundiman, NY State Summer Writers Institute, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Lucy has published in journals such as Asia Literary ReviewMcSweeney’s and Ploughshares, where she was fiction winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer’s Contest. She currently lives and writes in Seattle.


PC Muñoz  is a recording artist and writer based in San Francisco. “Dark, sexual, sensual, confessional, and confrontational–all at the same time” (Performing Songwriter), Muñoz’s singular aesthetic bridges the gap between pop songcraft, flash fiction, and the insistent rhythms of funk and hip-hop. An artist with a “deep social conscience…who uses music to connect cultures and communities together” (Anil Prasad, Innerviews), Muñoz’s body of work includes GRAMMY®-nominated contemporary classical music with composer/cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, film essays with his multimedia initiative RIGHTSTARTER, recordings with rock legends Jackson Browne and Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, and much more.


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