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 pressed in vinyl.

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.


Catch new work from all the emerging and established writers by purchasing a series pass, which gives you entry to all Literary Series events in the 2018-19 season.

Series passes are $80 for general admission and $70 for Hugo House members (20% off ticket prices). Winter and spring events will be announced in the coming months.

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