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Where the House Was, A last reading at Hugo House

A last reading at Hugo House by Frances McCue with Rebecca Brown, Cellist Lori Goldston and a warm up with poets Jack Chelgren and Cali Kopczick

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Hugo House
1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Free and open to the public

On May 19, the last public event at Hugo House will feature writer and co-founder Frances McCue accompanied by Rebecca Brown, Cellist Lori Goldston, Jack Chelgren and Cali Kipczick.

More than ten years ago, McCue co-founded the Richard Hugo House literary center. Now, the building is set for demolition and McCue is 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. On May 19 at 7:30 p.m. McCue will give the first public reading of selections from the poem and clips from the film in-progress will be screened.

McCue will be joined by 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 1993 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 and Jack Chelgren, 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 crew of Where the House Was will be filming for posterity as well as possible inclusion in the documentary.

McCue is a CityArtist Projects recipient, a program of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Where the House Was, is a project of LOVECITYLOVE.