Kristen Millares Young has not only been an important part of Hugo House but of the literary community at large.
If you’ve been to a reading in Seattle lately, you’ve likely seen her in the audience or on the stage, reading her bold and intimate personal essays. Writers who’ve come to the House have benefitted from her thoughtful, encouraging, and challenging instruction.
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce she’ll be serving as our new prose writer-in-residence starting this fall.
Co-organizer of the inaugural Seattle’s Writers Resist at Town Hall and co-founder and board chair of InvestigateWest, an award-winning nonprofit news studio known for creative storytelling, Young brings multidisciplinary skills and knowledge to Hugo House along with her experience as a creative writing instructor.
As writer-in-residence, Kristen will organize and oversee community outreach, mentor Seattle-area writers and Made at Hugo House fellows, teach classes, and receive a monthly stipend and space to complete a works in progress, her second novel and an essay collection.
“Fascinated by the interplay of ambition and assimilation, I’m drawn to the stories we tell to hasten or counteract our loss of cultural identity,” said Young. “My work investigates the body as a site of resistance and making.”
“Emerging writers – particularly women – need safe mentors. I look forward to creating mentorships between writers at different stages in their careers. I’ll also coordinate Spanish-language reading and writing circles to engage fellow Latinxs.”
Kristen’s first novel, Subduction, is forthcoming in spring 2020 from Red Hen Press. Read an excerpt in City Arts Magazine.
Joining poetry writer-in-residence Amber Flame, Young’s term begins September 15 and runs through June 2019 with an option to continue in the role for an additional year.