Teachers

Meet Our Teachers

Hugo House teachers are at the core of our goal to help writers become better writers. Our teachers are writers; they are selected on the basis of their active engagement in the literary world as well as their love of teaching.

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    Arianne True

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    Corinne Manning and Anastacia -Renee

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    Beverly Aarons

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    Chris Abani

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    Darcie Abbene

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    Carolyn Abram

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    Samar Abulhassan

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    Alice Acheson

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    Natalie Diaz and Celeste Adame

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    Celeste Adame

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    Keliko Adams

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    Kim Addonizio

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    Mary Adkins

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    Maria de Lourdes Victoria, Adriana Morales

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    Rebecca Agiewich

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    Kelli Russell Agodon

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    Dilruba Ahmed

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    Thomas Ahneesan

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    Kaveh Akbar

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    Naa Akua

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    Naa Akua

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    Jordan Alam

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    Laurie Alberts

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    Kathleen Alcalá

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Arianne True

Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and folk artist from Seattle. Besides the Hugo House, Arianne has taught and mentored with Writers in the Schools (WITS) and YouthSpeaks Seattle, and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Corinne Manning and Anastacia -Renee

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Beverly Aarons

Beverly Aarons is a writer and game developer. She works across disciplines as a copywriter, journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short-story writer. She explores futuristic worlds in fiction but also enjoys discovering the stories of modern-day unsung heroes. She’s currently working on a series of nonfiction stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their local communities and the world. In August 2018 she produced a live-action game and event where community members worked together to envision an economic future they truly desired to leave future generations. She’s currently writing an immersive play about the themes of migration.

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Chris Abani

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Darcie Abbene

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Darcie Abbene is the managing and nonfiction editor at the Green Mountains Review, part time faculty at Northern Vermont University, an editorial project manager for School Library Journal, and a writing coach and manuscript editor for WriteByNight. She has published nonfiction essays in Tupelo Quarterly, Whitefish Review, and forthcoming in Teachers and Writers Magazine. She writes book reviews for Necessary Fiction, Split Rock Review, and Kirkus Reviews. Darcie is working on a novel and a collection of essays on teaching and recently graduated from the Stonecoast MFA program and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont. Visit https://www.darcieabbene.com/ for more information or follow @DarcieAbbene on social media.

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Carolyn Abram

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Carolyn Abram is a Seattle-based writer. Her work tends to focus on the intersection of technology and everyday life. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including the New California Writing Anthology and The Offbeat. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Lilith. She is the author of eight editions of Facebook for Dummies. She holds degrees from Stanford and California College of the Arts. Go to www.carolynabram.com for more information.

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Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan is a Jack Straw Writer, and holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University. She’s worked in California public schools for seven years. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of six chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. Samar has worked with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools since 2008. Samar also recently participated in the 2018 Skagit River Poetry Festival. In 2016, Samar received a CityArtist grant to aid in completing a novel-in-poems reflecting on memory, longing, and the Arabic alphabet. Samar often finds inspiration in images and places and replicates these techniques in her teaching. She has explored Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront, both of which influenced her work.

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Alice Acheson

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Natalie Diaz and Celeste Adame

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Celeste Adame

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Keliko Adams

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Kim Addonizio

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Mary Adkins

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Mary Adkins is author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick, Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple), Privilege (Today.com Best Summer Read), and Palm Beach (New York Post Best Book of 2021). Her books are published in 13 countries. 

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Maria de Lourdes Victoria, Adriana Morales

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Rebecca Agiewich

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Kelli Russell Agodon

Kelli Russell Agodon (she/her) is the author of four collections of poems, including the award-winning Dialogues with Rising Tides, which was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2021. She is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press as well as the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Retreat for Women. Agodon lives in a sleepy seaside town in Washington State on traditional land of the Chimacum, Coast Salish, S'Klallam, and Suquamish people. 

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Dilruba Ahmed

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Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.

Website: www.dilrubaahmed.com

Instagram: dilruba_ahmed20, https://www.instagram.com/dilruba_ahmed20/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dilruba.ahmed Web: https://www.dilrubaahmed.com/writing-lab

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Thomas Ahneesan

Thomas Ahneesan is pursuing an MFA in creative writing; meddling with her favorites: poetry, hybrid and the lyric essay. She has worked previously as a journalist, writing profiles on local artists, events, and the music scene. She is also a local musician, writing songs and playing guitar with her brother. Her poetry explores Native American mixed-blood identity, the camaraderie that can be found in poverty, and intergenerational trauma with healing humor & tenderness. She is working on her first book of poems, entitled RUIN EVERYTHING. She writes columns for Cultural Daily under the auspices of her manager, Chiwan Choi, from essays & reviews to woo-woo ghost stories.

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Kaveh Akbar

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Naa Akua

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Naa Akua, is a New York born poet, actor, educator, and sound-word practitioner who is Ghanaian/Bajan and queer. Akua uses the vibratory energy of sound and the intent of words as a vehicle towards healing. Akua, former 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence is a Writers in the Schools (Seattle Arts & Lectures) Writer-in-Residence at Franklin High School, Hugo House teacher, and Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) youth facilitator. www.naaakua.com

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Naa Akua

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Naa Akua, is a New York-born poet, actor, educator, and sound-word practitioner who is Ghanaian/Bajan and queer. Akua uses the vibratory energy of sound and the intent of words as a vehicle towards healing. Akua, former 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence is a Writers in the Schools (Seattle Arts & Lectures) Writer-in-Residence at Franklin High School, Hugo House teacher, and Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) youth facilitator. www.naaakua.com

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Jordan Alam

Jordan Alam is a queer Bangladeshi American writer, performer, therapist, and former doula (forever #birthnerd). Their short stories and articles have been published in The Atlantic, SeattleMet, Autostraddle, CultureStrike Magazine, Entropy, and The Rumpus among others. They have performed on stage and facilitated workshops on embodied writing nationwide, most recently at Kundiman, Hugo House, and Town Hall Seattle. They are currently working on a debut novel about family secrets told from the points of view of four Bangladeshi American women in the aftermath of their mother's unexpected death. You can follow them on Instagram at @jordan_alam or find out more about their work at jordanalam.com.

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Laurie Alberts

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Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and in 2014 was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta. She has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts on Bainbridge Island. Her work will be included with other Latinx writers in an audio archive at the Library of Congress called PAlABRA.