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Farewell to a Friend of Hugo House

Posted Thu, 8/21/2014 - 3:39pm by  |  Category:

mary leeHugo House is sorry to learn that one of our students, Mary Lee Martin, passed away on July 23, 2014. Our former writer-in-residence Peter Mountford recounts his memories of Mary Lee:

Mary Lee took two of my classes, and we met several times when I was Hugo House’s prose writer-in-residence. She was cheerful and wise, a hard working writer, crazy about the poetry of Wallace Stevens. She often cracked morbid jokes about not having time left in life to revise this complex essay she was working on about Stevens. In December 2013, she wrote to me: “Hi Peter, I think I’ve finished or killed my essay.” When I suggested that I thought it impossible to kill a piece of writing, she replied, “Yay! Hurray! Merry and Happy!” And she revised the piece once again, making it even more wonderful, funny, and vivid. We met a final time in March, and we agreed that the piece was done, finally, exactly as it should be.

Mary Lee’s family has asked for donations to Hugo House in lieu of flowers. We want to thank them for their kindness and extend our condolences.

Martin’s obituary can be found on The Seattle Times.