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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    Heidi Julavits

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    Beth Jusino

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    Kristiana Kahakauwila

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    Peter Mountford, Kalee Quiñones

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    Danielle Mohlman, Kalee Quiñones

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    Laura Kalpakian

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    Ilya Kaminsky

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    Bo Kaprall

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    JP Kemmick & Karen Finneyfrock

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    Erin Malone & Kary Wayson

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    Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

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    Jourdan Keith

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    Irene Keliher

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    Megan Kelso

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    JP Kemmick

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    JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

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    JP Kemmick and Samar Abulhassan

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    Gloria Kempton

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    Randall Kenan

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    Wendy Kendall

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    Rick Kenney

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    Rick Kenney

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    Richard Kenney

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    Rick Kenny

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Heidi Julavits

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Beth Jusino

Pronouns: she/her

Beth Jusino has more than twenty years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s now a writer, developmental editor, and publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors. She’s the author of the award-winning Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago and The Author's Guide to Marketing, and she’s ghostwritten and collaborated on half a dozen additional titles for both large and small presses. Beth is a member of The Authors Guild and the Northwest Editors Guild, and has taught at writers’ conferences and book festivals around the world. Visit her online at www.bethjusino.com or on Twitter/Instagram @bethjusino.

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Kristiana Kahakauwila

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Peter Mountford, Kalee Quiñones

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Danielle Mohlman, Kalee Quiñones

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Laura Kalpakian

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Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Ukraine and currently lives in New Jersey. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic which was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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Bo Kaprall

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JP Kemmick & Karen Finneyfrock

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Erin Malone & Kary Wayson

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Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

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Jourdan Keith

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Irene Keliher

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Megan Kelso

In 1992, Megan Kelso was the first woman to receive funding from the Xeric Foundation to self-publish her comic, Girlhero. In 2007, she was invited by the New York Times to serialize her Watergate Sue comic in the magazine. In November 2022, Fantagraphics published Kelso's fourth book, a collection of graphic short stories called, Who Will Make the Pancakes

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JP Kemmick

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JP Kemmick and Arlene Naganawa

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JP Kemmick and Samar Abulhassan

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Gloria Kempton

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Randall Kenan

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Wendy Kendall

The result of Wendy Kendall's passion for purses, mystery and romance is an intriguing In Purse-Suit mysteries series. Kat Out of the Bag introduces Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth, investigating murder as she moves from designer bags to body bags. The prequel, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. The romantic suspense, Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For creates an intriguing tangle of mystery and love. Her 2022 release, Cherry Shakes In The Park blends danger, divas, and frothy summer delights. Wendy enjoys the Pacific Northwest life and time with her two adult sons. She's a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Just wait until you see what Katherine Watson and her friends in Bayside face next in the series.

Website – WendyWritesBooks.com

Facebook – WendyKendallMysteries

Twitter – @wendywrites1

Instagram – wendyekendall

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Rick Kenney

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Rick Kenney

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Richard Kenney

RICHARD KENNEY is the author of five books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless Bird, Orrery, The Invention of the Zero, The One Strand River, and Terminator. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and MacArthur Foundations. He teaches poetry and verse writing in the Undergraduate and MFA Programs at the University of Washington. He has initiated and directed English Department programs in Rome, and at the UW marine laboratories in Friday Harbor. His work is informed by current research in evolutionary and cognitive sciences. He lives with his family in Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula. 

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Rick Kenny

RICK KENNEY teaches at the MFA program at University of Washington.