Lit Series: Meghan Daum, Solmaz Sharif, Sonora Jha & Joy Mills @ Fred Wildlife Refuge, Seattle [15 September]

Lit Series: Meghan Daum, Solmaz Sharif, Sonora Jha & Joy Mills

19:30 - 21:30

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Fred Wildlife Refuge
128 Belmont Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
Tonight, hear new and original work for the first time from a master of the personal essay, Meghan Daum, author most recently of the award-winning essay collection The Unspeakable; poet Solmaz Sharif, whose debut collection, Look, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Hugo House writer-in-residence and author of the novel Foreign Sonora Jha; and soulful country/roots singer-songwriter Joy Mills.

Hugo House will soon be moving to a new and permanent home on the same site where we opened our doors over 20 years ago. In this same spirit of return, we asked the three writers and musician to make a return of their own—by writing work on the theme of “Sequels.”

General: $25 | Hugo House member: $20 | Student (with ID): $12
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets at door dependent on availability.

Books will be for sale through Elliott Bay Book Company and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.


Meghan Daum is the author most recently of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. She has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue and is an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times.

Solmaz Sharif’s first poetry collection, Look, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, NEA and Stegner fellowships, and has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship.

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in The New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a memoir. Sonora is a current Hugo House writer-in-residence.

Joy Mills has been writing, recording, and performing her balladeering and soulful country songs since for over a decade. Fronting her own bands (The Starlings and the Joy Mills Band), she has toured nationally and in Europe, garnering favor for her insightful lyrics and melodic songwriting. She also performs in the Seattle area in partnership with the Bushwick Book Club, Hugo House’s Literary Series, and other special events.


Since October 2007, Hugo House has commissioned new writing and songs from a theme and writing prompt. 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.
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