visit!

October 20, 2018

After months (years?) of architectural renderings and construction photos, the latest e-newsletter from Hugo House has an actual photo of the interior (above).

As Tree Swenson, Executive Director, says, “We are still unpacking boxes, but already thousands of people have visited, fall classes are underway, and we have been presenting a fantastic stream of events…. If you have not yet visited, please come explore this place. Thanks to the support of our devoted community, this small nonprofit now owns our ground-floor space — making this Seattle’s permanent home for everyone who believes in the power of words.”

We know you believe. Visit Hugo House, soon. And to get the latest HH first, sign up for the newsletter.

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Saturday in Seattle

October 12, 2018

Celebrate with the winners and finalists of this year’s Washington State Book Awards at the Central Library in Seattle on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00pm.

The awards honor up to eight titles by Washington authors: one work each of fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults; one picture book for children, and one book each for early readers, middle readers, and young adults. Have a look at this year’s list of finalists.

The awards ceremony will begin with the announcement of the winners followed by brief readings from the winning titles. There will also be special readings from WA129, the anthology assembled by Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall. The evening’s emcee is poet and novelist Karen Finneyfrock. A reception, book sales and signing will follow in the Central Library Living Room on Level 3. Both the awards ceremony and the reception are free and open to all. University Book Store will have books available for purchase during the reception and author signing.

opening

October 1, 2018

A new exhibit, Quenton Baker: Ballast, opens this Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and continues through February 3, 2019. Baker’s exhibition “will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole….It is the only successful large-scale revolt involving U.S.-born enslaved people in American history.

“Baker’s book project is a combination of erasure poems — made using pages from the Senate document detailing the Creole case — and poems in invented form that look at what some black writers and thinkers call ‘the long memory’ or the ‘long utterance’ of blackness.”

Baker will read from the work at 7:00pm on October 5, followed by a reception. On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Frye will host a reading and conversation with three poets selected by Baker: Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux, L. Lamar Wilson.

More about Quenton Baker.

soon in Seattle

September 29, 2018

Gramma is an independent poetry press based in Seattle. Among its other activities, Gramma produces the Reading Series, a quarterly arts and literary event featuring local and national writers, performers, and artists of all disciplines.

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, The Gramma Reading Series #2 will feature poets Tyehimba Jess, Kaveh Akbar, and Anastacia Renée, along with Moonshine: A Cabaret performed by Au Collective and directed by Imana Gunawan. The Stranger’s Kim Selling will host. The event will be held at Seattle Central College’s Erickson Little Theatre off Broadway. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

go outside

August 18, 2018

This evening, Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30pm, join poets Carletta Carrington Wilson and Paul Nelson along with The Jim O’Halloran Quintet and vocalist Elva Pope at the 13th Annual Bradner Gardens Concert and Poetry Reading. Bring chairs, blankets, dinner, family, and friends, and enjoy a congenial evening at Bradner Gardens Park in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of southeast Seattle.

Celebrating… soon

August 17, 2018

It’s nearly here: the grand re-opening of Hugo House. Mark your calendar and join the festivities on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, to see the 10,000 square foot space for writers and readers, and to enjoy readings, performances, installations, music, and more. It’s all at 1634 Eleventh Avenue, on the corner of Eleventh and East Olive, in Seattle. See the full line-up and RSVP.

Meanwhile, the Hugo House Fall Catalog is now online and registration will begin soon (with Early Bird pricing August 20 through September 3).

the last Raven

July 31, 2018

Marking the end of an era that began in 1991, Raven Chronicles, Volume 26: Last Call is the literary journal’s final scheduled printing:

In a bar, “last call” means your last chance to order a drink. This is important, because the next public announcement will be the bar closing and you and your friends heading for the door. Well, this is our last call, at least for the near future. The Raven Chronicles, after chronicling the literary antics of tricksters and dreamers, the under-heard, the underserved (and probably underage), since 1991, will no longer publish a regularly-scheduled, subscription-based magazine. Yes, you read that right: the chronicles part of The Raven Chronicles is subsiding back into the northwest tree pulp from whence it came.

You can help celebrate all that Raven is and has been at a reading on Friday, August 3, 2018, at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, with Anna Balint (emcee), Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle members Cathy Scott, Megan McInnis, and Elliott Villarreal; and Chris Buckley, T. Clear, Joan Fiset, Steve Griggs, Mare Heron Hake, Thomas Hubbard, Paul Hunter, Anna Odessa Linzer, John Mifsud, Jed Myers, Vaibhav Saini (from Farmington, CT), Marianne Weltmann, Carletta Carrington Wilson, and Danae Wright.

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cover photo by Alfredo Arreguín

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