Hugo Lit

August 19, 2019

The Hugo Literary Series has a powerful lineup for the 2019-2020 season:

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The Great Divide
Jayne Anne Phillips, Mira Jacob, Ruth Joffre, and Sarah Paul Ocampo

Friday, November 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Taking Liberties
Juan Felipe Herrera, Hannah Tinti, Richard Chiem, and Amber Flame

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Behind Closed Doors
Anthony Swofford, Mitchell S. Jackson, Charles D’Ambrosio, and JusMoni

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Strange Appetites
Karen Russell, Kiese Laymon, Tara Conklin, and Little Spirits

The work presented is commissioned specifically for the series and no one sees or hears the work before it is read or performed at the events for the very first time.

All events are held at Hugo House in Seattle. Series passes are now on sale. Guest writers for the Hugo Lit Series often teach a class before or after the events. These classes require a separate registration. Find out more about the Hugo Literary Series here.


Mark your calendar for a wonderful evening of poetry as Edward Harkness and Bethany Reid share new and recent work at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. Harkness will read from his third full-length collection, The Law of the Unforeseen (Pleasure Boat Studio), and Reid from her second collection of poems, Body My House (Goldfish Press). Join them at 7:00 p.m.

(We were, just last week.) Hugo House is seeking books for incarcerated writers.

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WSBA finalists

July 18, 2019

And speaking of books (we were, yesterday), the Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards.

The finalists in poetry are

  • What We Do by Michele Bombardier, of Bainbridge Island (Kelsay Press)
  • The Book of Sharks by Rob Carney, formerly of Washington (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Instruments of the True Measure by Laura Da’, of Newcastle (University of Arizona Press)
  • Between Darkness and Trust by Lorraine Ferra, of Port Townsend (MoonPath Press)
  • The Slow Art by Sierra Golden, of Seattle (Bear Star Press)

See the complete list of finalists in all categories and stay tuned for the announcement of the winners at a free public awards ceremony and reception on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Central Library, Seattle. Congratulations one and all!

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2:00pm, you’re invited to join a stellar lineup of poets, writers, and artists — including Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore — in celebrating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, famed Beat poet and author of Howl.

Staged performances of his poetry will be presented at Volunteer Park in conjunction with Geoffrey Farmer’s photographic installation piece, If You Want To See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997).

This event is presented by Hugo House in partnership with Western Bridge.

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tonight in Seattle

June 10, 2019

book cover

Give your Monday night some extra juice as Christopher Luna takes the mic at Easy Speak Seattle to offer a taste of his new book, Message from the Vessel in a Dream. Open mic at 8:00pm, feature at about 8:40pm, all happening at the Wedgwood Ale House tonight, Monday, June 10, 2019.

Armantrout in Everett

May 31, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout will read from her latest collection, Wobble, on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 2:00pm, at the Everett Library. The event is free.

If you miss her in Everett, catch Armantrout reading with Ron Silliman on Sunday, June 23, 5:00pm, at Open Books in Seattle.

More on Wobble at Wesleyan University Press.

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