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  • Date: September 14
  • Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm PT
  • Location: Lapis Theater
    1634 11th Ave.

The Hugo House Party

Kick off the start of our academic year at The Hugo House Party! We're serving up bevvies and beats along with an array of activities, plus a speech by Executive Director Diana Delgado, all in celebration of Hugo House's programs, writing community, legacy, and future!

We're opening our doors for everyone who loves books and writing—students, teaching artists, and community members will recognize each other and reconnect in the crowd; for those curious or new to our space and offerings, join us to learn all about the Hugo House experience. Expect good vibes and literary surprises! 

Throughout the evening, our Salon will host live music featuring the talents of Lucia Flores-Wiseman, Drea Marilyn, and Willow & Wood.

We’re welcoming the return of our in-person open mic series, Works in Progress, with special guest emcee Melany Bell!

Plus, we’re installing literary activity stations throughout The House!

  • Hugo House teaching artists are encouraged to mix and mingle in the Instructors Lounge.
  • We’re bringing back a special encore screening of Hugo House Founder Frances McCue’s documentary, Where the House Was.
  • Spark your imagination with writing prompts provided by Hugo House instructors in our Writing Room!
  • We’re dusting off the magical mechanics of our old-fashioned typewriters with a room dedicated to micro poetry.
  • Plus, we’re raffling off goodies and prizes, hosting a crafting station that’s "totes adorbs," and more!

NEW: Limited Edition Tote for New Members!

Become a Hugo House member between September 5-14 and receive a LIMITED EDITION Hugo House tote bag and a FREE TICKET to the Hugo House Party!*

Pick up your tote at the Hugo House Party where we'll have a crafting station ready for you to decorate and personalize your bag and answer the question: What do you write at Hugo House?

*Tote bags MUST be picked up at The Hugo House Party, Thursday, September 14. Shipping not available.

**Promo available while supplies last.

Get your tickets NOW! Attendees who purchase an advanced ticket through our website will receive an exclusive discount coupon from our neighbors at Oma Bap.

Admission is offered on a sliding scale: $5, $10, $15, and $25*. Revenue from ticket sales directly supports Hugo House's mission to provide space for all to read words, hear words, and make their own words better.

*Attendees who purchase a pre-sale ticket at $25 will receive one free drink ticket with admission.

The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.


Willow & Wood

Willow & Wood

Willow & Wood are a hypnotic duo that get high marks for their melodic sensibilities, melancholy notes, and genuine folk Americana style. Gathering raw energy like lightning rods in an electrical storm, the music of Willow & Wood is a kind of folk-noir that's as eerie as it is soothing. Their most recent release, Tornadoes in My Head, introduces the listener to a world of mysterious beauty and suspense.

Melany Bell

Melany Bell


In truth, Melany is all things in small parts: a Functional Nutritional Therapist Practitioner, an Artist, a Black-Indigenous, Queer Female who prioritizes meditation & radical transformation through Pentecostalism. She came from The Church, y'all. Most recently their ritual work rendered 2 in-production, Spoken Word Performance pieces: ’AWOKEN’ & 'On Receiving The Holy Ghost – UNJEALOUSED'. Both inspired by the George Floyd Massacres, and center polarizing issues of gender & race-based violence. With the creation of their current works, Melany has exorcised the will to hide from an offending world to realize it as Art. The current work is sponsored by: SHUNPIKE- 'STOREFRONTS’, 4Culture, UAAC, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, NW Film Forum, & Collective Power A Member of The African American Writers Alliance, as Co-Secretary, Diversity Consultant, and Spoken Word Artist. Melany is a newly Published Author. "Everything I See is Me, Vol 1" is NOW Available on Amazon.

Diana Delgado

Diana Delgado

Before joining Hugo House as Executive Director, Diana Delgado was most recently Literary Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. Diana is a bilingual Spanish-speaking poet and arts administrator committed to diversifying the literary ecosystem. A first-generation Latinx college graduate, she earned a BFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia. She is a Hedgebrook alum, and her volume of poetry, Tracing the Horse, was a New York Times New & Noteworthy pick. Diana has worked for nonprofit organizations including the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services in Brooklyn, NY, and the William J. Clinton Non-Profit Foundation.

Drea Marilyn

Drea Marilyn

Originally started in Daejeon, South Korea, and now based in Seattle, Drea Castillo leads the cross-cultural amalgamation of the band Drea and the Marilyns. Drea is influenced by all the Filipino ballad and disco records her parents listened to, bossa nova, punk rock, and spending the early years of her life as a pre-school music teacher. 

Lucia Flores-Wiseman

Lucia Flores-Wiseman

Lucia Flores-Wiseman is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Maple Valley, Washington, who blends Americana coffee house, indie, folk, and jazz vocals to create a sound that is distinctively her own. At 20 years old, Lucia has already sung with Brandi Carlile, sang on American Idol two seasons, performed at the Moore Theatre and Paramount stage! At her gigs, Lucia combines cover songs and original songs to entertain any kind of person! Outside of singing, Lucia is a current student at the University of Washington, studying Communication and Spanish.