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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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    Alex Guy

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    Debra Gwartney

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    Mortada Gzar

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    Kimiko Hahn

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    Jennifer Haigh

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    Kristin Halbrook

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    Alle C. Hall

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    Becca Hall

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    Courtenay Hameister

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    Brett Hamil

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    Stephanie Barbé Hammer

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    Jessica Han

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    Shelby Handler

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    Julia Hands

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    Constance Hansen

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    Tara Hardy

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    Nicole Hardy

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    Rachael Harper

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    Allie Harris

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    Catherine Harris-White

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    Marguerite Harrold

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    Cynthia Hartwig

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    Jennifer Haupt

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    Terrance Hayes

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Alex Guy

Alex Guy is a Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer, and the creator and founder of Led to Sea, an unusual and magnetic solo project. Guy fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Sera Cahoone and Jherek Bischoff. She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls. 

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Debra Gwartney

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Mortada Gzar

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Kimiko Hahn

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Jennifer Haigh

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Kristin Halbrook

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Alle C. Hall

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Seattle author Alle C. Hall's debut novel As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back won five prizes prior to publication, including The National League of American Pen Women’s Mary Kennedy Eastham Prize. Hall’s short work appears in journals including Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review,Tupelo Quarterly,New World Writing,CreativeNonfiction, and Another Chicago. She has a lively passion for bringing writers to an easy understanding of their writing and publishing goals.

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Becca Hall

Becca Rose Hall directs Frog Hollow School, a children's writing program. She is a Bread Loaf and Sewanee alum, and her work has received support from the Community of Writers, ArtsOmi, Writers' Lighthouse, and Zvona i Nari. Her fiction, essays, and poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, Pacifica Literary Review, Third Coast, About Place, Mutha Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, and Muleskinner. She is working on a novel set in Olympia in the aftermath of Kurt Cobain's death. She lives in Seattle with her daughter and their dog.

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Courtenay Hameister

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Courtenay Hameister is the former host of Live Wire and the author of Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things—Amazon Bestseller and Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist.

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Brett Hamil

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Stephanie Barbé Hammer

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Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. She is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, a novelette, and a how to write Magical Realism manual. Her new poetry collection City Slicker is out with Bamboo Dart Press. Stephanie currently lives on Whidbey Island where she keeps on trying to walk to coffee.

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Jessica Han

Jessica Han is a writer, investment manager and mountaineer in Seattle.

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Shelby Handler

Shelby Handler is a writer, translator and educator living in Seattle on Duwamish and Coast Salish land. Recent work has appeared in Poetry, The Journal, and Poetry Northwest, among others. 

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Julia Hands

Julia Hands is a writer and editor out of Seattle. She has previously served on the board of Lit Crawl: Seattle and is the current Editor-in-Chief at Crab Creek Review. Her poems and stories have appeared in various publications, including Cream City Review, Evansville Review, The Shore, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, among others.

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Constance Hansen

Constance Hansen is the Assistant Managing Editor at Poetry Northwest. Her poetry has recently appeared in Harvard Review Online, EcoTheo Review, and Moist Poetry Journal. She lives in Seattle, where she writes about climate for the weather service, Currently. You may learn more at www.constancehansen.com.

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Tara Hardy

Tara Hardy is a working class, Queer Femme, Disabled poet whose book, My, My, My, My, My won a Washington State Book Award. Passionate about teaching & social justice, she teaches at Evergreen State College, University Beyond Bars, and more. 

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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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Rachael Harper

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Allie Harris

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Catherine Harris-White

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Marguerite Harrold

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Marguerite Harrold has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. She is a member of the Community of Writers and an alum of the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writer’s Conference. She is the assistant editor of American Life in Poetry. 

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Cynthia Hartwig

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Jennifer Haupt

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Jennifer Haupt is the author of the novels In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills and Come As You Are. She was awarded the 2021 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction as the editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The Sun, and many other publications. She teaches at Hugo House and elsewhere.  

Website: jenniferhaupt.com

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Terrance Hayes