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An eager crowd takes in Hugo House's literary series at Fred Wildlife Refuge in 2017.

Image: Robert Wade

The 2017–18 season marks Hugo House's 20th anniversary as Seattle's most vital hub for writers of all levels. And after a brief stint in First Hill, Hugo House will this coming spring return to its original home on Capitol Hill. Well, sort of. The Victorian funeral home is no more. In its place is a mixed-use midrise with Hugo House occupying the ground floor, boasting six rooms for creative writing classes as well as a 150-seat auditorium.

This change in venue, and the evolving landscape of Seattle in general, inspired this year's Literary Series theme: real estate. This year's slate of prompt-driven readings include local writers Rachel Kessler and Sonora Jha, along with nationally recognized names like Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End) and poet Solmaz Sharif.

For the Word Works series—in which writers talk all things writing—local legend, National Book Award winner, and MacArthur fellow Charles Johnson returns to the Seattle stage. The season lineup also includes Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) and Spokane-based Jess Walter (Beautiful Ruins).

2017–2018 Hugo House Season:

Word Works: Writers on Writing
Close readings reveal the nuances of language in the writing process.

Sep 8 Kelly Link: A Vampire Is a Flexible Metaphor
Oct 13 Mary Ruefle: On Imagination
Dec 6 Jess Walter: On the Clock, Time, and the Fiction Writer
Feb 23 Ruth Ozeki: On the Craft and Art of Writing
Mar 29 Charles Johnson: TBD
Apr 14 Ada Limón: Poetry as Elegy
Aug 9 Ben Lerner: On the Novel as a Curatorial Form

Hugo Literary Series
Editors and publishers thrown aside, writers tackle prompts on property and place, presenting never-before-seen work.

Sep 15 Sequels: Meghan Daum, Solmaz Sharif, Sonora Jha
Nov 10 Area Protected by Neighborhood Watch: Jericho Brown, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Kessler
Mar 23 Homecoming: Joshua Ferris, Melissa Febos, EJ Koh
May 11 There Goes the Neighborhood: Jami Attenberg, Tarfia Faizullah, Ijeoma Oluo


Updated August 29, 2017: Included new Hugo Literary Series additions EJ Koh and Ijeoma Oluo.

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