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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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    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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    Hattie Hayes

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    Harmony Hazard

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    Kait Heacock

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    Merna Ann Hecht

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    Ann Hedreen

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    Christine Hemp

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    Patricia Henley

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    Jose Hernandez Diaz

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    Claudia Hernandez Ocadiz

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    Juan Felipe Herrera

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    Sheila Heti

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    Marissa Higgins

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    Nathan Hill

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    DaMaris B. Hill

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    Amy Hirayama

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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. 

Describe your teaching style.

I try to create an open environments, through balancing discussions, activities, writing time and time for students to share.

Respect and kindness are my most valuable guidelines.

My aim is to form community within the learning environment and to help students build confidence and excitement about their writing practice.

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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 MagazinePsychology TodayThe RumpusThe Sun, and many other publications. She teaches at Hugo House and elsewhere.  

Website: jenniferhaupt.com

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Terrance Hayes

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Hattie Hayes

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Harmony Hazard

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Harmony Hazard received her MFA from Stony Brook and has writing published in The Rumpus, Catapult, River Teeth, Hippocampus, Essay Daily, and the anthology Rebellious Mourning. She is a nonfiction editor with The Vida Review and teaches writing in Tucson.

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Kait Heacock

Kait Heacock is a writer, book publicist, and events coordinator at Elliott Bay Book Company. Her work has appeared most recently in Liber Review, Evergreen Review, Women's Review of Books, PANK, and Literary Hub, and in her debut story collection, Siblings and Other Disappointments. Kait is currently at work on a novel about how women face their fears, both superficial and existential, as played out at an immersive horror-themed sleepaway camp for adults.

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Merna Ann Hecht

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Ann Hedreen

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Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain), teacher, and documentary filmmaker. Ann has written for 3rd Act Magazine, About Place Journal, The Seattle Times, and other publications, including her award-winning blog, The Restless Nest. She is working on a collection of essays.

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Christine Hemp

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A chapter of Christine Hemp’s memoir, Wild Ride Home, was recently published in The New York Times. Her poems and essays have also appeared in Salon.com, Iowa Review, Psychology Today, and on NPR. She believes that to write well, we must live well, not in terms of "professional success" or achieving the "perfect" essay. story, or poem, but in how we embrace the unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, and the ecstatic. Only then can we offer our readers the truths they thirst for.

Website: https://christinehemp.com/index.html

Facebook: /hemprope

Instagram: @christinehemp

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Patricia Henley

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Jose Hernandez Diaz

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Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Go to josehernandezdiaz.com for more information or follow Jose @josehernandezdz.

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Claudia Hernandez Ocadiz

Narradora y escritora mexicana. Estudió derecho en la UNAM y administración pública en el ITAM. Cursó Narrativa y Novela en la Escuela de Escritura Ateneu Barcelonés en España. En 2016 fue becada para estudiar Crónica Latina por la Escuela de Periodismo Portátil en colaboración con la Universidad de Stanford. Coautora seleccionada por concurso literario y publicada en las Antologías: Puentes (2017), Sabores de mi tierra (2019) y Efectos secundarios (2020). Ganadora en el Concurso de poesía: "Tu cuerpo de agua" Poetry on Buses Seattle 2016. 

Su testimonio, "No todo lo que brilla es oro. Reinventándome como mujer migrante" fue publicado por INAH en el libro Recuerdos, añoranzas y vivencias (2019). Creadora y autora del blog Khomparte. Sus relatos han sido publicados en los periódicos La Voz de Argentina; La Raza del Noroeste y El Siete Días en el estado de Washington, en la Revista Digital Seattle Escribe y en la organización literaria para escritores emergentes per-e-gren

En 2022 fue ganadora del concurso para realizar la primera residencia de escritura en español en los Estados Unidos otorgada por Mineral School y Seattle Escribe, espacio de donde emerge su primer libro sobre cuentos callejeros.  

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Juan Felipe Herrera

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Sheila Heti

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Marissa Higgins

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Nathan Hill

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DaMaris B. Hill

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Amy Hirayama

Amy Hirayama is a UW Bothell Creative Writing and Poetics MFA candidate who is currently working on her thesis. She is a former middle school teacher who worked in South Seattle for seven years. Amy uses writing as a way to explore her mixed-race Hapa identity, imagine spaces of belonging for herself and connect across difference. Born in the Pacific Northwest, she finds inspiration in the beauty of this region. Amy is a 2021-2022 Imagining America PAGE Fellow. Her poetry can be found in the fall/winter 2021 issue of Strait Up magazine as well as the forthcoming chapbook Hariboetry.