Hugo Literary Series: Jami Attenberg, Tarfia Faizullah, Ijeoma Oluo
Fri, May 11 at 7:30pm
The 2017-2018 Hugo Literary Series coincides with our move to a new and permanent home on the same site where we first opened our doors over 20 years ago. In this same spirit of development and growth, we’ve commissioned new work on themes of real estate—from the pragmatic issues of property value to the more nebulous idea of place.
New York Times bestselling novelist Jami Attenberg; award-winning Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah; Seattle-based writer and Editor-at-Large at The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo; and a musician to be announced will all present new work on the theme “There Goes the Neighborhood.”
Books will be for sale through Elliott Bay Book Company and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.
Jami Attenberg is the author of a collection of stories, Instant Love, and the novels The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and All Grown Up. The Middlesteins was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. Her writing on sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere.
Tarfia Faizullah's first book, Seam, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her second book, Registers of Illuminated Villages, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2018. Her honors and awards include a Fulbright fellowship, an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Ploughshares' Cohen Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry. A Kundiman fellow, she lives in Detroit where she teaches at the University of Michigan and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She was named one of the most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine. She is the Editor-at-Large at The Establishment, a media platform run and funded by women.
The Hugo Literary Series presents new writing and songs from a theme, or writing prompt, commissioned by Hugo House. The nights are collages of unexpected styles and different points of view, and the writers and musicians are encouraged to work without a sense of obligation, censorship, or stylistic frame. No one sees or hears the work before it is read or performed at the events for the very first time.
Guest writers for the Literary Series often teach a class before or after the events. These classes require a separate registration. For more information on our classes, visit the class page.