Meet the 2020-21 Hugo Fellows! In this series, we’re catching up with each of the fellows to learn more about them, their favorite places to write, and their current projects.
Cassidy Dyce is a native of Ashburn, Virginia, and moved to Seattle after earning her Bachelor of Arts in English at Christopher Newport University. In 2018, she continued her studies of literature and writing oversea by matriculating at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Currently, she works as the writer’s assistant to New York Times bestselling author, Kwame Alexander. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition. As a writer, she seeks to shine a brighter light on issues that confront minorities. Her goal is to foster literary inclusivity on a global scale while addressing struggles that exist among communities of color and other underrepresented constituencies.
What’s one of the best pieces of writing advice you’ve ever received?
To this day, the best piece of writing I received was from my mentor. He reminded me that “There is a difference between one who has a great idea and one who writes.” Often I get so caught up in the idea, and I struggle to put pen to paper.
Where are some of your favorite places to write in Seattle?
I just moved here from Virginia, so I’m still trying to get the lay of the land. I do enjoy writing indoors, and so far, my favorite place to write has been Mr. West’s coffee shop in U District.
What are some things you’re enjoying about the Fellowship program so far?
The community I and the other fellows are fostering. Though we’re restricted to zoom, we’re creating a loving, trusting, and honest cohort of writers. It’s nice to have during COVID.
Tell us more about your project.
Caricatures is a modern take on the Black community today in 2020. I’m excited to dive deep into this project to show the plight, beauty, and complexity of my community in its entirety.
Are there any writers whose work has been constructive for you as you think about your project?
Jacquline Woodson’s Red At The Bone has been a helping hand because she tells her story from multiple perspectives, which is something I’m trying to master in this book. Also, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye because Caricatures shares similar themes.