The Hugo Fellowship supports emerging writers, providing space and resources to four to six fellows in the Seattle area to complete a proposed project. Projects include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing a new memoir, or creating a chapbook of poetry.
2021–22 Hugo Fellows
Scott Bentley received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell. He’s a curator for the Gamut literary series and former editor at Clamor, Ghost Town, and Pacific Review. His writing and art have appeared in yehaw, Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon, Vote the Earth, and elsewhere.
Bentley will use the fellowship to continue working on his manuscript of visual and translation poetry titled Bwai \ Remapping. The poems rely on the images of animals and mapped territories to create poems where these animals and territories are sacred. This creative writing is influenced by the Yoeme bwikam, The Red Nation, Jessica Mehta, Layli Long Soldier, and our nonhuman relatives with whom we share the land.
s.c. bostwick is a nonbinary trans poet born and raised on occupied Puyallup and Coast Salish Territories in what is now known as Washington State. They received their BA in English from Western Washington University and their MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame. Their work can be found in Homology Lit, Dream Pop Journal, and DELUGE. They are currently working on projects that are concerned with family, transness, migration, power, and the construction industry.
s.c. plans to expand their long poem “nailbiter” into a book-length self-ethnography that will document the intersections of and divergences between lost (and found) heritage, migration, substance abuse, queer desire, and transness all within and under a colonial, cisheteropatriarchal state.
C.R. Glasgow is a nonbinary, queer, first-generation Being with lineage from West Africa, West Indies, and Americas. This Being serves as writer, spiritual psychologist, doula, and public speaker. Their work has been supported by Jack Straw, VONA, and Hugo House. C’s published writing has appeared in various forms in Butch is Not a Dirty Word, the Arrow Journal, Jack Straw Anthology, PsycPro, and Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Speak Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond.
C.R.’s collection of work will be a rite of passage for other Black folx to witness the ways we are constantly in dialogue with our ancestors—living, transitioned, and yet to be born.
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.
Marguerite’s writing offers portraits of the lives of the people she has been, the people she has known, the people she encounters and the people she hopes to know. She tries to convey their stories, their culture, their ways of living, their beauty, their survival, and the lessons they must pass on. She seeks to create work that is photographic and precise in detailing the nuances of the image—work that pushes those images wide open so that everyone feels welcome and hopefully, viscerally moved by the experience.
Rebecca Marrall writes fiction and creative nonfiction for teens and adults, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with an adorable scamp of a dog and an unsustainable number of hobbies. She recently attended the 2021 Tin House YA Fiction Workshop and was selected to be one of the 100 invited writers to participate in the Write Team Mentorship Program’s curated Pitch-a-Thon event before being chosen as a Mentee for the 2021 Program.
Rebecca will work on a collection of personal essays about her experience as a disabled person who served as a caregiver for a parent with chronic illness while navigating the often inhospitable healthcare system in the United States. With a working title of It Shouldn’t Be This Hard, these reflections will explore personal truths about class, gender, and disability.
Troy Osaki is a Filipino Japanese poet, organizer, and attorney from Seattle. A three-time grand slam poetry champion, he has earned fellowships from Kundiman and the Jack Straw Cultural Center. His work has appeared in Hobart, the Margins, [PANK], Poetry Northwest, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He writes in hopes to build a safe and just place to live in by uniting the people and reimagining the world through poetry.
Our Archipelago, is a poetry manuscript about Osaki’s first trip back to the Philippines, his homeland. It is both a homecoming and a despedida, a farewell. Through a series of travelogue-inspired poems, he shares about his joy in returning home and heartache in learning why his family fled in the first place.
Apply to Become a Hugo Fellow
The Hugo Fellowship program provides education, space, and resources for up to six emerging writers in the Seattle area per year to support the development of new work. Applicants are selected for the program annually based on the excellence of their writing and ability to complete the proposed project. Projects may include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing and workshopping a solo play, or creating a manuscript of poetry.
The application period opens January 1 and closes March 31. Responses will be sent by June 1. When the application period is open, you can apply via Submittable. Full details regarding the application process are below.
What the Program Supports
- The development and presentation of new work
- Resources and opportunities for professional development
- Projects that will be completed within one year, from September 15, 2022 to September 15, 2023.
- Works not previously published and/or produced (excluding excerpts or individual poems or stories that are part of a larger project)
- Works of writing, including, but not limited to, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, translation, graphic novels and comics, and multimedia and cross-disciplinary works
- Projects culminating in a reading, event, or performance
Benefits of the Program
- $1,200 annual class scholarship stipend
- A supportive writing cohort and environment
- Monthly workshops with Hugo House Writers-in-Residence
- Use of our shared writing offices (pandemic-dependent)
- Complimentary access to all ticketed Hugo House readings and performances
- Opportunities to develop teaching skills
- Two public reading opportunities
Who Can Apply
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- An individual artist (No groups, collaborations, companies or organizations.)
- Resident of the Seattle area at the time of application and through completion of the fellowship period (able to provide proof of residency if selected)
- Age 18 or older
- Cannot be a current staff, board, or committee member of Hugo House
- Cannot be a graduate or undergraduate student in any degree program during the fellowship period
Applications must include the following items (collected in a single file):
- Artist biography
- Artist résumé/CV
- Project description
- Writing sample and description
Applications are due by March 31, 2022, and will be judged by a panel of Hugo House staff and working writers working in a variety of disciplines. Incomplete applications, late application, or applications that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered. Only one application per writer annually. The panel will select program participants based on the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence of work samples
- Quality of the proposed project
- Feasibility of and ability to complete the project
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