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A Last Reading at Hugo House


Did you know that as part of the House’s farewell, there will be a final reading by co-founder Frances McCue and inaugural writer-in-residence Rebecca Brown, featuring cellist Lori Goldston? And that it's free and open to all? Check out the details below!

More than ten years ago, writer Frances McCue co-founded the Richard Hugo House literary

center. Now, the building is set for demolition and McCue is in the midst of making a

documentary film about the history and impending transformation of the house. The spine of that film, Where the House Was, will be a long poem. At this event, to be held at 7:30 on May 19th, 2016 at Hugo House, McCue will give the first public reading of selections from the poem.

McCue will be reading as a City Artist grant recipient, with support from the Seattle Mayor’s

Office of Arts and Culture and from Where the House Was, a project of LOVECITYLOVE.

McCue will be joined by old friends Rebecca Brown, a Lambda-award-winning author who

served as Hugo House’s inaugural writer-in-residence and whose prose McCue calls “deep,

grounding, vital and inspiring” and Lori Goldston, who is in her own words a “classically trained and rigorously de-trained” cellist who is perhaps best known around Seattle for her work on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set. McCue hired Goldston’s Black Cat Orchestra for the opening of Hugo House and “adores how Lori’s solo work makes one cello actually sound like a whole ensemble. She is one of my favorite musicians working today.” Cali Kopczick (Team Demo Hugo production manager) and Jack Chelgren (Team Demo Hugo lead archivist), young writers who began their careers studying under McCue and are now active published poets and literary citizens of Seattle will be the warm up act.

The event will be free and open to the public.

The crew of Where the House Was will be filming for posterity as well as possible inclusion in

the documentary.

We hope to see you there!


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