Changes at Hugo House

Richard Hugo House artistic director Frances McCue announced that she will leave the organization she co-founded in June.

She will be replaced by Hugo House program and education manager Lyall Bush.

"Hugo House was an idea dreamt up at a kitchen table 10 years ago that has grown into a regional and national landmark for literature," said Hugo House board president Cheryl Hafer upon the announcement of McCue's resignation.

"Frances' commitment and foresight has been crucial to that growth and she will be missed. Lyall's experience, leadership and vision for the organization are the qualities necessary to take Hugo House into its second decade."

"What Hugo House does better than any other literary arts agency in the region is generate new work," said Bush, who has been with the organization since 2003. "I'm looking forward to continuing and building on the rich legacy of our classes, residencies and public literary events by bringing a more deliberate curatorial hand, especially to readings, by commissioning new work."

McCue plans to use her free time to complete her memoir, "Chasing Richard Hugo." "Up to now I've written poetry, reviews and scholarly essays," said McCue.

"This is my first book of prose and I am completely compelled to write it."

McCue will also become a visiting lecturer and writer-in-residence in the Honors Program at the University of Washington starting this fall.

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