Writers in Residence


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Past Writers in Residence

2015-16 Writers-in-Residence


joanheadshot-low-resJoan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, winner of the PEN/New England Book Award, the Wallant Award, runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award, and selection for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series. Recent story prizes include Special Mention in the 2014 Pushcart Prize, the Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review, and Moment Magazine Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of an artist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Formerly a practicing attorney, Joan is a graduate of Harvard College, Boston University Law School, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. She has been teaching writing for fifteen years, including at Harvard, Oklahoma State University, and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv where for five years she was the visiting writer in an international master’s program in creative writing. While in Israel, she also lectured widely on American literature and culture for the U.S. State Department. Formerly a long-time resident of Massachusetts, Joan currently lives in West Seattle with her husband. She has two grown sons, a videographer in Boston and an artisan furniture and staircase designer/builder here in Seattle.


Anastacia Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. Her chapbook, 26(Dancing Girl Press), is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. A Pushcart nominee (2015), her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published widely. Recently Tolbert has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. This year she has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body and the stories—true and not true—it holds.



Since 1999, our writers-in-residence program has supported writers two-fold. The writers-in-residence themselves receive a monthly stipend and paid teaching opportunities, along with the time and space to complete a manuscript. The program also gives writers in Seattle an opportunity to receive writing guidance and advice by a published writer, free of charge.

Schedule an Appointment

Availability: September through June

For poetry, email Anastacia: anastacia@hugohouse.org

For nonfiction and fiction, you can schedule an appointment with Joan via Doodle.

Please note that it might take the writers as long as two weeks to return your email, and appointments are typically scheduled as much as a month and a half in advance.

Past Writers-in-Residence

2014-2015: Kary Wayson & Joan Leegant
2013-2014: Peter Mountford & Kary Wayson
2012-2013: Tara Hardy & Peter Mountford
2009-2010: Ryan Boudinot & Karen Finneyfrock
2008-2009: Angela Jane Fountas & Ed Skoog
2006-2008: Wendy Call & David Wagoner
2004-2005: Matt Briggs & Anna Maria Hong
2001-2003: Kathleen Alcala & Emily White
1999-2001: Joan Fiset & Charles Mudede
1999-2000: Rebecca Brown

Past Hugo Huts Writers-in-Residence
(This program was discontinued in 2010.)

2008-2010: Cienna Madrid & Storme Webber
2006-2008: Todd Faulkner & Cody Walker
2005-2006: Bryan Miller & Bob Redmond
2004-2005: James Arthur & Grant Cogswell
2003-2004: Brenda Bell & Brian Goedde

Apply to Become a Writer-in-Residence

Hugo House accepts applications for the writer-in-residence position every year. Poets may apply in odd years and prose writers may apply in even years. The application period opens January 1 and closes March 31. When the application period is open, you can apply via Submittable.