Hugo Literary Series

Since October 2007, Hugo House has commissioned new writing and songs from a theme and writing prompt. The nights are collages of unexpected styles and different points of view, and the writers and musicians are encouraged to work without a sense of obligation, censorship, or stylistic frame. No one sees or hears the work before it is read or performed at the events for the very first time.

At the Hugo Lit Series, you’ll see writers willing to take risks, to work without the safety net of editors, publishers, or reviewers affirming the work before they stand in front of an audience and read it aloud. They are writers who share the exhilaration of creating something new and sharing it with an audience before the work appears in a book, between the glossy covers of a magazine, or within the shrink wrap of a CD.

Guest writers for the Hugo Lit Series often teach a class before or after the events. These classes require a separate registration. For more information on our classes, visit the class page.

2017–2018 Events


This season coincides with our move to a new and permanent home on the same site where we first opened our doors over 20 years ago. In this same spirit of development and growth, we’ve commissioned new work on themes of real estate—from the pragmatic issues of property value to the more nebulous idea of place.

Click on dates for individual event information and tickets.

September 15, 2017 | “Sequels”

November 10, 2017 | “Area Protected by Neighborhood Watch”

March 23, 2018 | “Homecoming”

May 11, 2018 | “There Goes the Neighborhood”

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Hugo House Ticket Policy


All ticket sales are final and are not subject to a refund. Tickets may be exchanged for another date depending upon availability. Tickets will be released ten minutes before show time. View The Stranger’s ticket policy.