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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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    Deborah Landau

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    Susan Landgraf

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    Piper Lane

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    Angela Langer

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    Erin Langner

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    Sasha LaPointe

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    Ana-Maurine Lara

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    Jessica Laser

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    Dorothea Lasky

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    David Lasky

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    Dorianne Laux

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    Reid Lauzon

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    Ali Laventhol

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    Keegan Lawler

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    Shayla Lawson

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    Sonya Lea

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    Sharon Leach

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    Courtney LeBlanc

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    Kate Lebo

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    Janice Lee

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    Min Jin Lee

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    Kimberly Lee

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    Joan Leegant

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    Mark Leidner

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Deborah Landau

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Susan Landgraf

Susan Landgraf was awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate award in 2020. Books include The Inspired Poet from Two Sylvias Press, What We Bury Changes the Ground, and Other Voices. More than 400 poems have been published in journals and magazines, most recently Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Calyx, The Meadow, and Tar River. She’s given more than 150 writing workshops and served as Poet Laureate of Auburn, Washington, from 2018 to 2020.

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Piper Lane

Piper Lane is a writer, teacher, and fisherman from Homer, Alaska. She holds an MFA from UW Seattle. Both a Hugo House fellow alum and a Hedgebrook alum, her work can be found in PANK, Fourth River, Territory, and elsewhere. For more information go to piperlane.org or follow on Twitter: thealaskanwitch and Instagram: piper__l.

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Angela Langer

Angela Langer is originally from Colorado but has lived in Seattle for almost 18 years. She is a performer, theatre student, lawyer, lover of comedy, and proud dog parent of Frank the pug. She plays Forouq. 

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Erin Langner

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Erin Langner is an essayist whose work focuses on art, architecture and identity. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and METROPOLIS magazines. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in december, The Offing, The Normal School, Hobart, The Stranger, and ARCADE. She lives in Seattle and works on exhibitions and publications at the Frye Art Museum. Her debut collection, Souvenirs from Paradise, will be published by Zone 3 Press in 2022.

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Sasha LaPointe

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. Sasha teaches creative writing at the Native Pathways Program at Evergreen and is a mentor for Seattle’s youth poet laureate program. Her memoir, Red Paint, has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Shelf Awareness and is available through Counterpoint Press. Her collection of poetry, Rose Quartz, is available through Milkweed Press. Her essay collection, Thunder Song, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press. 

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Ana-Maurine Lara

Ana-Maurine Lara (PhD) is a scholar and a national award-winning novelist and poet. She is the author of: Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press, 2006), When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones, 2011), Watermarks and Tree Rings (Tanama Press, 2011), Kohnjehr Woman (RedBone Press, 2017), Cantos (letterpress, limited edition 2015), and Sum of Parts (Tanama Press, 2019). Her academic books include: Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty (SUNY Press, 2020) and Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic (Rutgers University Press, 2020). Lara’s work focuses on questions of Black and Indigenous people and freedom. She has been published in literary journals (Sable LitMag, Transitions Literary Journal), scholarly journals (Small Axe, Bilingual Revue, Sargasso, Feminist Review) and numerous anthologies, as a scholar and as a creative writer. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Jessica Laser

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Dorothea Lasky

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David Lasky

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David Lasky is the co-author of the Eisner-Award-winning graphic novel, Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, but he is better known to children as the guy who colored Cece Bell’s awesome graphic novel, El Deafo, a Newbery Honor Book. David is currently at work on a graphic novel that will focus on the historic Georgetown Steam Plant, commissioned by Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and City Light. He teaches comics at numerous venues in the Seattle area, including Richard Hugo House and Coyote Central.

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Dorianne Laux

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected, W.W. Norton. She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. She recently published a limited edition chapbook, SALT, from The Field Office Press. Laux teaches poetry at North Carolina State and Pacific University. In 2020, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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Reid Lauzon

REID LAUZON (they/them) is currently a Junior studying Creative Writing at the University of Washington. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, they now consider Seattle home. They are passionate about minimalist fiction and contemporary poetry. They received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Seattle Colleges League for Innovations Student Literary Contest, Poetry division. In their spare time, they are a full-time cat parent, crow feeder, and an occasional fire spinner.

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Ali Laventhol

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Keegan Lawler

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Shayla Lawson

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Sonya Lea

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Sharon Leach

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Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full-length collections Her Whole Bright Life (winner of the Jack McCarthy Book Prize, Write Bloody, 2023), Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart (Riot in Your Throat, 2021) and Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020). She is a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow (2022) and the founder and editor-in-chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Read her publications on her blog: www.wordperv.com. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79. 

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Kate Lebo

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Kate Lebo’s writing is anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and her first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, was published by FSG in Spring 2021. She’s the author of Pie School and co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey.

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Janice Lee

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Min Jin Lee

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Kimberly Lee

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Kimberly Lee left the practice of law some years ago to focus on motherhood, community work, and creative pursuits. A graduate of Stanford University and UC Davis School of Law, she is certified as a workshop facilitator by the Center for Journal Therapy, the Center for Intentional Creativity, SoulCollage®, and Amherst Writers & Artists, and serves on the board of directors of the latter. A former editor and regular contributor at Literary Mama, she has also served on the staff of Carve and F(r)iction magazines. Kimberly’s stories and essays have appeared in publications and anthologies including Minerva Rising, LA Parent, Fresh Ink, Words and Whispers, Toyon, The Ekphrastic Review, Wow! Women on Writing, Read650, Mom Egg Review, and elsewhere. Her manuscript was a semi-finalist in Simon and Schuster’s 2022 Books Like Us First Novel Contest. Kimberly trusts in the magic and mystery of miracles and synchronicity, and believes that everyone is creative and has unique gifts to share. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

Website: www.kimberlylee.me

Instagram: @klcreatrix

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Joan Leegant

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Mark Leidner