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Meet Rob Arnold, Hugo House’s New Events Curator
July 11, 2018
Paul Constant of The Seattle Review of Books talks to our new events director Rob Arnold about his Seattle roots, the most memorable literary events, and what we have planned for the coming season.

A Booklover’s Guide to Seattle, the New UNESCO City of Literature
November 29, 2017
Afar magazine outlines a literary itinerary for visitors to Seattle, including taking an afternoon workshop at Hugo House and catching our Ask the Oracle reading series at Sorrento Hotel in the evening.

Seattle Only Second U.S. City Named a UNESCO City of Literature
November 2, 2017
Following UNESCO’s designation of Seattle as a City of Literature, Conde Nast Traveler highlights the city’s literary hotspots, including Hugo House.

14 Literary Organizations That Support Writers Who Resist
August 25, 2017
Bustle recognizes organizations helping to raise the voices of marginalized and underrepresented communities, including Hugo House.

Closing the book on 34 years in The Seattle Times newsroom
February 2, 2017
Long-time book editor for The Seattle Times closes out her tenure with reminiscences on Seattle’s literary scene, including calling out “the geniuses who started Hugo House.”

Sherman Alexie: A Life Built On Stories
September 1, 2016
Kristianne Huntsberger profiles local literary legend Sherman Alexie in Alaska Airlines Beyond Magazine and describes meeting him at a Hugo House event.

Why Seattle Is the Perfect Place to Find Yourself
August 16, 2016
Writer and former Made at Hugo House fellow Paulette Perhach on how Hugo House helped to make her a writer.

Paul’s Picks for GiveBIG
May 3, 2016
Seattle Review of Books featured Hugo House in their list of best nonprofits to donate to during the GiveBIG campaign.

Hugo House is Looking for a Prose Writer-in-Residence
April 14, 2016
Rich Smith of The Stranger goes over all of the ways to get involved in Hugo House right now, including becoming the next prose Writer-in-Residence or a Made at Hugo House fellow.

Hugo House Executive Director to Judge Poetry for 2016 National Book Awards
April 8, 2016
Tree Swenson has been selected to judge poetry for the 2016 National Book Awards for her life-long commitment to poetry and her masterful understanding of the craft.

Beyond the MFA at AWP, Part 1
March 25, 2016
Hugo House makes the list of 16 organizations that encourage writing in all its forms.

Writer Jane Wong Talks Poetry, Prejudice and Pork
Sept. 22, 2015
Jake Uitti interviews Jane Wong, “one of Seattle’s most accomplished poets,” about her work and the support she’s received from organizations like Hugo House.

Person of Interest: Anastacia Tolbert
Aug. 19, 2015
Rich Smith of The Stranger talks with Hugo House’s new Writer-in-Residence Anastacia Tolbert about her life, writing, and goals for her residency.

A new “community of the book” begins in Seattle
Aug. 7, 2015
Crosscut’s Knute Berger reports on the former Crosscut<e/m> publisher and founder David Brewster’s desire to partner with Hugo House and other literary organizations in the city to advance a new kind of library.

What We Want Most
July 31, 2015
William Kenower, writing for the Huffington Post, mentions the help he’s received with his writing from David Wagoner, a teacher at Hugo House.

Jazz Road Music, Inspired by Richard Hugo
July 16, 2015
The Missoulian reported on Seattleite, jazz composer, and pianist Wayne Horvitz’s latest compositions, inspired by the writing of Richard Hugo.

Explore the Arty Side of Seattle
May 1, 2015
New York Magazin
e included Hugo House on its to-do list for a weekend getaway to Seattle.

Sheila Heti’s Short Story in the New Yorker This Week Only Exists Because of Hugo House
The Stranger‘s coverage of Shelia Heti’s new short story, “My Life is a Joke,” which was commissioned by Hugo House and then published in The New Yorker magazine.

Civic Duty
April 27, 2015
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
reports on the developing plans for the new Hugo House, as well as other timely neighborhood news.

‘Altitude Sickness’: A look at the risk-addiction of mountain climbing
March 30, 2015
A familiar face at Hugo House, author Litsa Dremousis synthesized personal experience and research to craft her new book on the risks mountaineers take and what those choices mean.

2015 APRIL will be largest ever edition of small press literature festival
March 22, 2015
The last stop on this year’s APRIL festival? Hugo House.

Why It Matters for Seattle to Become a UNESCO City of Literature
March 20, 2015
To earn the status of a City of Literature, a city must be deemed to have quantity, quality, and diversity of publishing, and meet numerous other criteria established by UNESCO. In a guest editorial in The Stranger, Hugo House director Tree Swenson argues Seattle must fight to earn this designation.

Seattle Bus Maps: Should They Be Like Butter? Or a Spider Web?
March 15, 2015
Novelist and veritable Hugo House inhabitant Peter Mountford gives his perspective on the changes in Seattle transit’s future. As Joshua McNichols of KUOW reports, “sometimes it takes a novelist … to find the right metaphor.”

The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why It Matters
Feb. 16, 2015
David Strand argues for the establishment of a Capitol Hills Art District in Vanguard Seattle, referencing Hugo House as a major cultural hub in the city today.

A Fiendish Conversation with Hugo House’s Tree Swenson
Jan. 16, 2015
Executive director Tree Swenson discusses our Carolyn Kizer memorial event, the future of Hugo House, and promising young Seattle writers.

Capitol Hill Arts District Inauguration
Nov. 15, 2014
Event announcement for event at Hugo House inaugurating Capitol Hill as a designated arts and culture district.

13 Amazing Nonprofit Writing Centers Around the Country to Love
Nov. 14, 2014
Bustle includes Hugo House on a list of nonprofit writing centers.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
Oct. 17, 2014
Nancy Guppy’s interviews writers at Hugo House.

Good Writing Matters: A Conversation With Tree Swenson, the Director of Seattle’s Hugo House
Oct. 9, 2014
Tree Swenson talks Hugo House with the Huffington Post.

New Hugo House & Transition


The New Hugo House Opens in September
August 19, 2018
A month before opening our doors, Executive Director Tree Swenson and prose writer-in-residence Kristen Millares Young spoke with Seattle Magazine about what’s to come in the new Hugo House.

Hugo House Returns to Capitol Hill
August 18, 2018
Seattle Met on our new home and how Hugo House persists as a thriving arts organization within our rapidly changing city.

A New Home for Hugo House
April 11, 2018
In Poets & Writers, Executive Director Tree Swenson and NBBJ architect Ryan Mullenix on the design and planning of our new home.

How the New State Budget is Boosting Seattle Cultural Groups
Jan. 25, 2018
Knute Berger for Seattle Magazine on the passing of the state capital budget and the positive impact for nonprofits like Hugo House.

A Hill of Writers in a City of Literature
Nov. 10, 2017
The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog celebrates Seattle’s new City of Literature designation from UNESCO and explains what it means for the city’s literary scene, including the new Hugo House.

Half Price Books: Hugo House Offered Space in New Development Below Market Value
March 29, 2017
The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog talks with Executive Director Tree Swenson about our unique opportunity to own a permanent facility for the literary arts and the strength of the Capitol Hill Arts District.

Speak Out for Hugo House
February 24, 2017
The Seattle Review of Books shares details on a grant vital to realizing our new home, Washington State’s Building for the Arts program.

Hugo House Settling Into New Digs
June 6, 2016
Capitol Hill Times visits the temporary location on First Hill.

One Month Left for the Hugo House on Capitol Hill
April 18, 2016
A brief overview of the Hugo House’s last month at its Capitol Hill location.

Hugo House Makes a Good Move—To First Hill, Temporarily
Jan. 6, 2016
Rich Smith of The Stranger says to cut the nostalgia—a renovated Hugo House is actually a good thing.

Hugo House Temporarily Moves to Building on the Frye’s Campus
Jan. 5, 2016
Rich Smith of The Stranger provides an update on Hugo House’s temporary digs.

Frye Art Museum to provide a temporary home for Hugo House
Jan. 5, 2016
The Seattle Times shares more about the move.

Hugo House announces interim First Hill home until 2018 return to Capitol Hill
Jan. 5, 2016
Read coverage from the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog about Hugo’s interim home.

The Frye Art Museum gives Hugo House a temporary home
Jan. 5, 2016
Paul Constant of The Seattle Review of Books offers these details.

An update on Hugo House’s new home
Dec. 27, 2015
A brief update on the move courtesy of Mary Ann Gwinn.

New Hugo House Mixed-Use Project Looks for Approval
Dec. 14, 2015
A brief update on plans for the new Capitol Hill location complete with visual models of the future building.

Writers in residence: Hugo House’s future is six stories 
Dec. 13, 2015
The The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog shares details on the new space.

Realizing Hugo House’s New Home
Oct. 21, 2015
Brandon Macz of the The Capitol Hill Times provides news about Hugo House’s new home.

Capitol Hill’s Hugo House makes mixed-use plans to stay on 11th Ave
Sept. 29, 2015
The Capitol Hill Blog Seattle details Hugo House’s plans for a more “functional, efficient, and user-friendly space,” in the words of director Tree Swenson.

Hugo House hopes to someday buy low on new development
June 25, 2015
Early news about the move.

Capitol Hill nonprofit has one question for you: ‘What would you most like to see in the new Hugo House?’
Jan. 26, 2015
The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog informs community members how they can get involved in shaping the future of Hugo House.

A Hopefully Great New Home in the Same Spot for Hugo House
Sept. 29, 2014
Paul Constant reports on major changes in Hugo House’s near future.

Hugo House hoping for support on new design
May 1, 2015
The Capitol Hill Times reports on earlier debates about the future of Hugo House.



A Room of Our Own
Nov. 7, 2017
In Psychology Today, visiting Hugo instructor Diana Raab reflects on the importance of having “a room of one’s own” and how Hugo House is that place for writers in Seattle.

Learn How to Write for a Cause at Hugo House
Jan. 22, 2016
Rich Smith of The Stranger invites readers to channel their frustrations into writing with an upcoming Hugo House event.

Picking wires from a bowl of noodles
Aug. 10, 2015
Martin McClellan, in a short report for the Seattle Review of Books, writes about local author Ryan Boudinot’s new partnership with Fantagraphics. McClellan and Boudinot met, McClellan notes in a disclosure in the piece, in a Hugo House class.

Writing the wrongs
April 15, 2015
Real Change profiles a few of the teachers involved in Hugo House’s “Writing Contemporary Issues” course.

52 Ideas for Writers for 2015
Dec. 30, 2014
In this Huffington Post blog article, Brooke Warner provides more than 50 pieces of advice for writers. One tip she provides: sign up for an in-person writing class at a “writing hot spot” like Hugo House.

What I learned from teaching a sex-writing class
Oct. 9, 2014
Steve Almond writes about his Hugo House sex-writing class.



Writing Advice from Alexander Chee: A Q&A with the celebrated novelist, essayist, and teacher
April 11, 2018
Ahead of his appearance at Hugo House, Alexander Chee responds to clichés about writing in this exchange with The Stranger‘s books editor, Rich Smith.

Sugar-Man Steve Almond ponders ‘Bad Stories’
March 15, 2018
Steve Almond reads from his book, Bad Stories (Red Hen Press)—”the feel bad read of the year”—in this episode of KUOW Public Radio’s Speakers Forum, recorded at our event on February 28, 2018.

5 Author Appearances and Lectures to Check Out This Spring 
March 2018
Seattle Magazine highlights the last Hugo Literary Series event of the 2017-18 season in the March issue.

Native American and arts groups revisit and reframe the complex legacy of photographer Edward Curtis
February 17, 2018
Seattle Times on “Beyond the Frame,” a series of events and exhibitions hosted by more than 20 local institutions, including Hugo House, that seek to re-examine the complicated legacy of photographer Edward Curtis through Native American perspectives.

Listen to these Native poets read their work
January 4, 2018
KUOW public radio’s Speakers Forum aired Poetry Across the Nations, a reading featuring Native poets that was co-presented by the Poetry Foundation in December 2017.

The First 4-D Book of Poetry: Tyehimba Jess Has Done the Unimaginable with Olio
December 6, 2017
In The Stranger’s Art & Performance Quarterly, Rich Smith recalls Tyehimba Jess’ memorable multimedia performance at a Hugo House event shortly before Jess was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Literary Event of the Week: Poetry Across the Nations: An Indigenous Reading
December 4, 2017
The Seattle Review of Books talks with poet Natalie Diaz on a vital new poetry series, Poetry Across the Nations. Hugo House partnered with the Poetry Foundation to launch the series in Seattle.

Hugo House Announces 2017-18 Season
August 16, 2017
Seattle Met highlights the writers appearing in our signature event series, Word Works and Hugo Literary Series, and anticipates our move to a new home in Spring 2018.

A (temporary) goodbye from the book editor, and authors to see
September 15, 2016
The Seattle Times‘ book editor, Mary Ann Gwinn, recommends the first event of our 2016-2017 “innovative” Hugo Lit Series.

Mary Gaitskill and the invisible force between words
March 17, 2017
The renowned fiction writer Mary Gaitskill gave a talk for Hugo House’s Word Works series.

Theft and art and chandeliers at Hugo House’s Literary Series
October 17, 2016
Paul Constant of Seattle Review of Books recaps the first Hugo Literary Series event of the 2016–2017 season.

Contagious Exchanges Is Queering Out Space For Writing Again
June 2, 2016
Paul Constant of Seattle Review of Books recommends Hugo House’s new series, Contagious Exchanges, in The Seattle Weekly.

Event of the Week: Epilogue/Prologue at Hugo House
May 4, 2016
Paul Constant of Seattle Review of Books recommends the Hugo House’s Epilogue/Prologue party, a celebration of the center’s past and future.

Writing for a Cause
May 4, 2016
The Stranger says you can’t miss Hugo’s Writing for a Cause event, where various writers will read their politically charged works.

Say Goodbye to Hugo House’s Old Capitol Hill Home with Party Where You Can Write on its Walls
March 29, 2016
Say goodbye to our Capitol Hill location (temporarily) and house (permanently) at our Epilogue/Prologue party.

The Hugo House’s Cliché Célébre Flips Tropes into Treasure
April 12, 2016
Paul Constant of Seattle Weekly praises the Hugo House Literary Series theme, “clichés.”

Tracing Northwest grit through Richard Hugo’s poetry
Aug. 27, 2015
KUOW profiles Wayne Horvitz and his recent Richard Hugo-inspired jazz album in advance of Horvitz’s performance at the house in September.

Go to the Margin Shift Reading Tonight
July 23, 2015
The Stranger all but commanded readers to attend the Margin Shift Reading, which featured newly-minted Made at Hugo House fellow Quenten Baker.

A farewell to the founder of Seattle Mystery Bookshop
July 19, 2015
In her round-up of book news for the Seattle Times, Mary Ann Gwinn gives a shout-out to Hugo House’s upcoming season. “I’m way enthused about” Susan Orlean, Gwinn writes.

The best literary events from July 6-12, 2015
July 6, 2015
In The Seattle Review of Books’ “your week in readings,” Hugo House’s launch party for Sonya Lea’s new memoir, Wondering Who You Are, was a recommended event.

Hugo House unveils an outstanding 2015-16 season
July 2, 2015
Darryl Davis of the Seattle Met wrote about the community created at our “Capitol Hill literary coven” and the upcoming season of Word Works and Lit Series.

The perpetual naked lunch of Starvation Mode
July 1, 2015
Paul Constant, in an essay for The Seattle Review of Books, reflects on the Hugo House launch party for Elissa Washuta’s latest book, Starvation Mode.

Hugo House goes huge
July 1, 2015
The Seattle Review of Books wrote about our “stellar” 2015-2016 season and our purpose looking forward to the demolition and construction of a whole new Hugo. They’re right: we’re not going anywhere.

Do You Hate or Love to Hate Food Porn? Go to Elissa Washuta’s Book Launch at Hugo House 
July 1, 2015
Foodie Rich Smith recommends the book launch for Elissa Washuta’s new book.

Cheap Week
June 22, 2015
Seattle Met 
selected Seattle Fiction Federation No. 4 as its must-go Monday night event.

The Weekend List
May 7, 2015
Crosscut listed Hugo House’s Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind event as one of the must-attend events of the weekend.

Seahawks ‘compete’ on, off the field
April 27, 2015
Nicole Brodeur of The Seattle Times reports on the latest in Seattle’s social and philanthropic events, including Hugo House’s annual Eat Read Hugo fundraiser.

Hugo House Literary Series: The Parent Trap
April 14, 2015
Sandy McDade, board chairman of ArtsFund, blogs about his night at Hugo House’s Parent Trap–themed Lit Series.

A Hugo House Full of Small-Press All-Stars on Capitol Hill
March 30, 2015
Read this report on the grand finale of APRIL 2015, held at Hugo House.

Afterwords // Kay Ryan: All Your Flamingos
Oct. 16, 2014
A review of Kay Ryan’s Word Works talk on rhyme.

What If You’re Against Football, But for the Seahawks?
Oct. 7, 2014
We once thought this was most likely the only article ever to mix football and Hugo House, but we were wrong. Now there are two such articles.

‘Word Works’ at Hugo House offers dialog with well-known authors
Sept. 9, 2014
The Capitol Hill Times talks about the Hugo House Word Works series.

Mapping Seattle’s Fig Trees and Places of Shame with Ed Skoog of the Triggering Town Review
Aug. 21, 2014
Paul Constant at The Stranger interviews Ed Skoog prior to his show at Hugo House.

In Culture News: Hugo House Announces Lit Series
July 31, 2014
SLOG reports on Hugo House’s new literary series.