Richard Hugo House

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Richard Hugo House, 2008

Richard Hugo House is a non-profit community writing center in Seattle, Washington.


Hugo House was founded in 1997 by Linda Jaech, Frances McCue, and Andrea Lewis. These three writers believed Seattle needed a center for local writers and readers to find a community and create new work. In 1999, Laura Hirschfield described the nonprofit organization: "Richard Hugo House is a two-year old literary arts center in Seattle named after the Seattle-born poet and creative writing teacher Richard Hugo who wrote squarely and poignantly about people and places often overlooked."

In 2012, Tree Swenson became the Executive Director of Richard Hugo House.

The House[edit]

Hugo House occupies a 16,206-square-foot (1,505.6 m2) Victorian house originally built in 1902. Previous occupants of the building include New City Theater and before the Bonney-Watson mortuary and funeral home.

In addition to administrative offices, the House include:

  • an 88/150 theater
  • a cabaret stage and cafe
  • a library with computers;
  • a Zine archive and publishing project (ZAPP)
  • two multipurpose rooms
  • a conference room
  • an art gallery
  • private meeting spaces

Hugo House Programs[edit]

Hugo House present a number of programs, including:

  • Hugo Writing Classes
  • Hugo Classes for Teachers
  • Hugo Classes for Youth
  • Hugo Writers Fund
  • Hugo In Print
  • Stage Fright
  • Hugo Works in Progress
  • Hugo Literary Series
  • Hugo Gallery
  • Writers-in-Residence
  • Belltown Residency


ZAPP, an acronym for Zine Archive and Publishing Project, is a library of zines and related publishing materials inside the Hugo House. As of 2011 the collection included 20,000 zines, comics, chapbooks and other small press periodicals. It is one of the world's largest collections of such publications.[1]



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