Writers in Residence


Since 1999, our writers-in-residence program has supported writers two-fold. The writers-in-residence themselves receive a monthly stipend and paid teaching opportunities, along with the time and space to complete a manuscript. The program also gives writers in Seattle an opportunity to receive writing guidance and advice by a published writer, free of charge. Writers-in-Residence are available September 15 – June 15.

2021-22 Writers-in-Residence

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast, which was longlisted for The Story Prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon ReviewGulf CoastPleiadesPrairie SchoonerThe Masters ReviewLightspeed, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. Her months-long interview series with the authors, editors, and curators of craft books, essays, and resources is freely available on the Kenyon Review blog. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ruth lives in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House and co-organizes the Fight for Our Lives performance series.

Schedule an Appointment

Ruth’s term begins September 15. To schedule an appointment, email ruthjoffre@hugohouse.org.

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is an Aniyunwiya (citizen of the Cherokee Nation) interdisciplinary author and artist. Awards include a US Fulbright Scholar Award, UCross Native American artist-in-residence position, 2021 GLEAN: Portland Award, Native Arts and Culture LIFT Award, and Regional Arts and Culture Council Make/Learn/Build Award. She has published fifteen books, two of which will be released this year: When We Talk of Stolen Sisters (Not a Pipe Publishing) and Antipodes (New Rivers Press). Mehta is completing her PhD in literature at the University of Exeter (England) and serves as a post-graduate researcher at the largest Victorian Centre in England, the first Native American to hold this position.

Schedule an Appointment

Jessica’s term begins September 15. To schedule an appointment, email jessicamehta@hugohouse.org.

Past Writers-in-Residence

2020-2021: Laura Da’ & Ruth Joffre
2019-2020: Kristen Millares Young & Laura Da’
2018-2019: Amber Flame & Kristen Millares Young
2017-2018: Sonora Jha & Amber Flame
2016-2017: Anastacia-Renee & Sonora Jha
2015-2016: Joan Leegant & Anastacia-Renee
2014-2015: Kary Wayson & Joan Leegant
2013-2014: Peter Mountford & Kary Wayson
2012-2013: Tara Hardy & Peter Mountford
2009-2010: Ryan Boudinot & Karen Finneyfrock
2008-2009: Angela Jane Fountas & Ed Skoog
2006-2008: Wendy Call & David Wagoner
2004-2005: Matt Briggs & Anna Maria Hong
2001-2003: Kathleen Alcala & Emily White
1999-2001: Joan Fiset & Charles Mudede
1999-2000: Rebecca Brown

Past Hugo Huts Writers-in-Residence
(This program was discontinued in 2010.)

2008-2010: Cienna Madrid & Storme Webber
2006-2008: Todd Faulkner & Cody Walker
2005-2006: Bryan Miller & Bob Redmond
2004-2005: James Arthur & Grant Cogswell
2003-2004: Brenda Bell & Brian Goedde

Apply to Become a Writer-in-Residence

Hugo House accepts applications for the writer-in-residence position every year. Poets may apply in odd years and prose writers may apply in even years. The application period opens January 1 and closes March 31. When the application period is open, you can apply via Submittable.