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Capitol Hill’s Hugo House taps poet as new executive director

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11th Ave’s Richard Hugo House has named former Academy of American Poets head Tree Swenson as its new executive director.

Ms. Swenson brings to Hugo House a wealth of nonprofit literary arts leadership experience. Since 2002, she has served as the executive director of the American Academy of Poets in New York City, where she provided inspirational leadership, vision, strategy and management of the $1.8 million national organization. Before that, she served as the Director of Programs at the Massachusetts Cultural Council in Boston.

CHS reported in October on the search to fill the role as Sue Joerger’s resigned following what the Stranger’s books writer Paul Constant called “four rocky years” for the non-profit literary organization under her guidance.

Swenson is a New York City resident. Hopefully Seattle can keep her entertained. And vice versa.

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