Winter registration starts soon! Registration opens for members on Dec. 5 and for the general public on Dec. 12.

Trees & Us

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Essay

In Person

Open to all levels

7 Sessions

Start Date: January 25, 2024
End Date: March 14, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $346.50
General Price: $385.00

As long as there have been humans on earth, trees have inspired their consciences, bodies, structures, imaginations, and work. Trees inform every inch and cranny of human endeavor: myths, architecture, poetry, iconographies, engineering, explorations of all kinds. In this class, we engage with a variety of texts—letters, essays, music, but mostly poetry, to examine human relationships to the tree societies around us: what they’ve given us and offer us daily, and what we’ve taken from them and what we offer them in return. This is a generative class. All creatives are welcome!


  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Work outside of class: 
    • Optional writing outside of class.
    • 1-2 hours of light reading outside of class.

No class on 2/8/2024


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is the author of Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press, 2022); One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press, 2020 & 2022); Killing Marías (Two Sylvias, 2017) finalist for the WA State Book Award 2018, and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge, 2016). She served as Washington’s State Poet Laureate (2018-2021) and as Seattle's inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2017). She was named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow in 2019. Her most recent non-fiction is in There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage). Born in El Salvador, Castro Luna came to the United States in 1981. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle on unceded Duwamish lands where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children. 

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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