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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    Leonora Simonovis

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    Elsa Sjunneson

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    Emily Skillings

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    Judith Skillman

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    Erica Sklar

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    Ed Skoog

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    Beth Slattery

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    Patricia Spears Jones

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    KIM Stafford

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    Katherine E. Standefer

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    Lisa Stonestreet

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    J. Ryan Stradal

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    William Stribling

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    Greg Stump

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    Leigh Sugar

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    Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

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    Aimee Suzara

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    Anthony Swofford

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    Anca Szilágyi

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    Anca Szilágyi

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    Anca Szilágyi

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    Dujie Tahat

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    Tess Taylor

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    Tess Taylor

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Leonora Simonovis

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Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind author and editor living in Seattle, Washington. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been praised as “eloquence and activism in lockstep" and has been published in dozens of venues around the world. She has been a Hugo Award finalist seven times, and has won Hugo, Aurora, and BFA awards for her editorial work. When she isn't writing, Sjunneson works to dismantle structural ableism and rebuild community support for disabled people everywhere. Her debut memoir, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism, released in October of 2021 from Tiller Press.

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Emily Skillings

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Judith Skillman

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Judith Skillman is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust. Her recent collection is The Truth About Our American Births, Shanti Arts, 2020. Poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Zyzzyva, We Refugees, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry. For more, please visit judithskillman.com.

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Erica Sklar

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Ed Skoog

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Beth Slattery

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Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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Patricia Spears Jones

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KIM Stafford

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Katherine E. Standefer

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Lisa Stonestreet

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J. Ryan Stradal

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William Stribling

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Greg Stump

Greg Stump was a regular contributor for more than a decade to The Comics Journal (as a journalist and critic) and The Stranger (as a cartoonist and illustrator). His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the comic book series Urban Hipster, a co-creation with David Lasky that was nominated for a Harvey and Ignatz award. Most recently, Fantagraphics released his graphic novel debut Disillusioned Illusions in 2015 through the publisher's FU Press imprint. An adjunct lecturer at Seattle University and a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, he has been teaching comics to students of all ages for close to two decades.

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Leigh Sugar

Leigh Sugar is a multidisciplinary artist from Michigan. She currently teaches writing at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity at John Jay College in New York City, and holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she studied on fellowship. Poems appear in POETRY, jubilat, Pigeon Pages, and more.

Leigh has taught in a variety of settings to folks ages 0 through older adulthood, including undergraduate creative writing at NYU, facilitating writing workshops in state prisons through the Prison Creative Arts Project, and teaching academic and professional writing to justice-system involved individuals.

A disabled and chronically ill artist, Leigh aims to foster accessible arts spaces and invites active feedback from participants in order to make workshop as safe and supportive as possible. We are all responsible to ourselves and each other, and poetry workshops are such a sacred place to practice this system of community care.

Find out more (and say hello!) at www.leighksugar.com.

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.

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Aimee Suzara

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Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA whose mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical writing about race, gender and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was a Finalist for the WILLA Award 2015 and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES were Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015 and 2016. A YBCAway awardee and Spirited Woman Fellow (AROHO), her theater and performance work has been presented nationally and staged at Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, the World Theater and Bindlestiff Studio and selected for PlayGround, United States of Asian America Festival, Emerging Performance Festival, The National One-Minute Play Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and APAture; she collaborated as a writer-performer with Deep Waters Dance Theater in 2007-2011 and with other groups such as the San Francisco State University University Dance Theater. She is a 4th season member of the Playground SF Writer's Pool at Berkeley Repertory Theater. An advocate for arts education, she has taught composition at Bay Area Colleges and Universities since 2006 and has offered workshops and coaching in creative writing since 2003. www.aimeesuzara.net

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Anthony Swofford

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Anca Szilágyi

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Anca Szilágyi

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Anca Szilágyi

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Dujie Tahat

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Tess Taylor

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Tess Taylor