‘A gift’ — first look inside Capitol Hill’s new Hugo House

Boards from the old Hugo House — complete with the graffiti encouraged at a goodbye party before its demolition — live on in the new Hugo House

The new Hugo House will be open to the public for the first time Saturday but the staff moved in Wednesday and the space has already hosted its first event — an opening preview for the more than 300 community donors and public officials responsible for the one-of-a-kind writing center across from Cal Anderson Park.

“We’re in a time right now when words really matter,” State Representative Nicole Macri said at Monday night’s pre-opening reception in the new center.

“I’m so grateful that the state came through.”

Rep. Macri inside the new Hugo House Monday night

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Half price books: Hugo House offered space in new development below market value

(Image: Weinstein A+U)

(Image: Weinstein A+U)

Hoping to continue their long relationship with the literary-focused nonprofit, property owners of the under-construction, mixed-use development on 11th Ave and E Olive have offered to sell the nonprofit Hugo House a 10,000 square-foot ground floor space for about half of its estimated market value.

Hugo House, which is temporarily located at 1021 Columbia, made its home in the 1902-built former mortuary at 11th Ave and E Olive until its demolition last June.

The nonprofit has intended to move into the new development since plans were announced in 2014, but the below market price offer to sell the space to Hugo House is an unexpected opportunity. Continue reading

Path with Art Autumn Voices – Performing Arts Showcase

Join is for an inspiring evening full of song, performance, poetry and dance as Path with Art Students take the stage preforming original works.

Winner of the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award in Social Justice, Path with Art provides powerful opportunities for arts engagement to low-income adults in recovery from homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, and other trauma as a means to strengthen and improve their lives. A unique organization, Path with Art partners with over 30 Seattle-area social service agencies and 25 arts and cultural organizations.

For more information 206-650-0669 www.pathwithart.org @pathwithart

Native Prose Writers at Hugo House

Seattle writers Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz) and Casandra Lopez (Chicana, Cahuilla, Luiseno, and Tongva) will read in support of visiting Colorado novelist Erika T. Wurth (Apache, Chicksaw, Cherokee), who will present her new book Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend. Washuta will read a selection from Starvation Mode, her second memoir-in-progress supported by 4Culture and the Made at Hugo House program. Lopez will read selections from her own dazzling prose.
Please try to arrive at 6:30 to get a seat.

Lit Crawl Seattle 2014

Lit Crawl Seattle is back! Our third annual romp through Capitol and First Hills happens Thursday, October 23rd from 6pm until the squirrels go home. This year’s lineup features more than 65 authors in 22 readings, all presenting their work free to the public, with many venues under-21 friendly. Readers take on the timely, local issues of our community with aplomb: legal pot, social justice, dysfunctional families, and the 9-5 grind. Plus, as much local lit as your tanks can hold! Readers and presenters include Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, Washington State Book Award winner Peter Mountford, Jess Walter, Bruce Barcott, Jonathan Evison, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, Hedgebrook, Seattle7, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and many more.

Get some sleep on Wednesday because after binging on all that good local lit, there’s a big ass after-party at Hugo House where you can hobnob like a champ. $5 gets you a pint of Georgetown Brewing Company’s brewskies, music by The Drop Shadows, Poem Shop by Matthew Rowe, all the you-pay drinks you want, access to food truck nosh by Jemil’s Big Easy, and select books for sale by Elliott Bay Book Company.

Full schedule and lineup can be found at litcrawl.org/seattle

Arts on the Hill

Calling all art leaders, art lovers and art makers! Come and find out how we can start preserving and promoting all the great art assets we have on the Hill.




Sweet community,

Our dear friend and beloved author, Tara Hardy, needs our help. In January 2012, we came to you after Tara had been in the hospital with a life-threatening, undiagnosed health condition. Since that time, Tara has been admitted to the hospital three more times and spent the better part of the year fighting to stay alive, not the least of which was undergoing chemotherapy. Our first fundraiser was to help Tara seek a diagnosis (she now has two of them, see below). This year, we are coming together to help alleviate some of the financial burden Tara faces. She is currently undergoing a rigorous two-year treatment, the cost of which not covered by health insurance is $18,000 per year.

On May 31st at Richard Hugo House, Tara’s friends and colleagues will host a benefit to raise funds. BOOST: Poetry to Uplift Your Spirits will feature a line-up of Tara’s nearest and dearest, reading feel-good poems for this great cause.

BOOST: Poetry to Uplift Your Spirits
A Benefit for Tara Hardy
May 31st
at Richard Hugo House

$15 in Advance / $20 at the door

OR become a BOOSTER! The $100 ticket-level gets you a reserved seat in the first two rows, a signed copy of Tara’s first book, “Bring Down the Chandeliers” and a limited edition poster.

Tickets Available at:

Cedar Adison Smith
Kristina Armenakis
Patch Avery
Ela Barton
Sara Brickman
Elaina Ellis
Karen Finneyfrock
Tara Hardy
Maya Hersh
Dorothy Kent
Ruth Mason Paul
Kathleen Nacozy
Lisa Slater
Casey Tonnelly

The money raised from this show will help greatly. However, it’s not enough. We need to raise $10,000 to help Tara offset the $18,000 she will spend on medical care this year. To read about Tara’s diagnoses and/or to make a donation, please visit: