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Poet-Storytellers: Richard Hugo & Madeline DeFrees

Northwest natives Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees were renowned poets, teachers, and colleagues in the famous Montana MFA Program. Besides inspiring this House that bears his name, Hugo gave us his imagination’s Triggering Towns. DeFrees gave us her iconic Blue Nun, who eloped into the freedom of absolute commitment to poetry. Both were powerful storytellers on the page and in person. In this workshop modeled on their examples, we will read their work and tell our own stories in poetic form.

Hugo House is temporarily moving! May 19 is the last date Hugo House will hold classes at its current location. Starting May 20, Hugo House classes will be held at 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

This class will be held at Hugo House First Hill: 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Carolyne Wright

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/24/2016

End Date: 06/28/2016

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General Price:

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Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.

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