on poetry

May 9, 2018


“I suppose I write to get myself writing.”
Dan Chiasson
(b. May 9, 1971)

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Meet De-Canon

May 1, 2018

The De-Canon website says it best:

De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that will showcase literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.

Based in Portland, Oregon, De-Canon has an expansive worldview and an ambitious slate of projects, events, and participants. Have a look and a listen.

on writing

February 11, 2018


“Good writing never soothes or comforts. It is no prescription, neither is it diversionary, although it can and should enchant while it explodes in the reader’s face.”
Joy Williams
(b. February 11, 1944)

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Photo: © Rollie McKenna
Quote: Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals

good news

January 23, 2018

Terrific news for Hugo House, which has received a Building for the Arts grant of $1.032 million from Washington state — a significant portion of the funds needed to purchase the new space and turn it into a home for writers.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators and advocated to secure this funding, which will not only fund our new home but also supports many other arts and cultural organizations across the state. Everything we’re most proud of in our city has been realized because of community action, and that includes Hugo House. And thank you to our legislators for investing in the cultural vitality of Seattle.

Seattle needs writers and writers need Hugo House. With UNESCO’s recent designation of Seattle as a City of Literature, it’s fitting that our city will have a new literary destination — a place where people can come any night of the week to hear readers, get feedback on works-in-progress, exchange ideas, and come together over a shared belief in careful attention to language.

Learn more about Hugo House and its tremendous selection of writing programs and events.

on poetry

January 22, 2018

“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
Lord Byron (George Gordon)
(January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824)

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Lord Byron painted by Thomas Phillips in 1813. Venizelos Mansion, Athens

winter writing

December 9, 2017

The Hugo House Winter 2018 Writing Classes catalog is now available online and early-bird registration continues through December 11 (save $10 off one-session classes, $20 off classes that are two to six sessions, and $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more). Click to see the Class Catalog, and while you’re in the neighborhood, have a look at the listing of Events in store at Hugo House.

on poetry

November 29, 2017

“I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.”
Madeleine L’Engle
(November 29, 1918 – September 06, 2007)

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