Party! Film! Demolition!




A documentary film by Team Demo Hugo


Located at 1634 11th Avenue, literary center Richard Hugo House is scheduled for demolition in 2016 to make room for mixed-use apartments. In the face of the tear-down, our documentary Where the House Was will create a collective memory of the building, along with the neighborhood where writers, actors, artists, neighbors and activists have been gathering for years. Led by writer and Hugo House co-founder, Frances McCue, Team Demo Hugo—a collective of writers, geographers, designers, and filmmakers—is making a documentary that will follow the demolition.


Hugo House is being given a home in the new building-to-be and the film will seek to answer some of the big questions: Can this case teach us how and what to preserve in Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States? More importantly, can it teach us how the soul of a neighborhood can thrive within new physical structures?


This project is being launched under the sponsorship of Seattle’s 501(c)3 nonprofit arts collective, LoveCityLove, and funds are currently being raised via crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The team has already raised 34% of its starting goal of $22,000 in order to produce this film. This goal represents one-fifth of the film’s overall budget—the rest of which will come from foundations, grants, and other donors. The ultimate film will be created by our award-winning cinematographer, Ryan Adams, whose previous work has landed at Sundance.


Where the House Was will provide the neighborhood with an opportunity to become engaged with changes happening all around them. Locals should watch out for an upcoming event on November 21st, 2015 from 1-3pm at Sole Repair (1001 E Pike Street). The event, which is open to the general public, will include news about our project, food, activities, and a special literary guest! Urban change is not new to Capitol Hill, but this time we’re poised to note how the community adapts and takes stock beforehand of just what ground the neighborhood’s already covered.

To learn more about this project, please contact:


Tyler DeFriece, Crowdfunding and Social Media
Email: | Phone: 302-668-4555 | Website:

Indiegogo campaign:



The Traveling Scholar

Wayne Horvitz, jazz genius, has just released “Some Places are Forever Afternoon,” a composition inspired by Richard Hugo’s poems about Northwest towns. Wayne used my book, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, as a guide during his travels.

Thanks to the Prop Foundation and to Wayne’s generosity, I’ll be The Traveling Scholar on the band’s upcoming tour. Wayne says that NO I may not play the tambourine and live out my Susan Dey fantasies. BUT, Yes! I may read Hugo’s poems and talk about them in venues along our tour.

Some Places Are Forever Afternoon: 2015 Tour

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT (Tickets)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
House Concert, Bozeman, MT

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
The Myrna Loy Center For Performing Arts, Helena, MT

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Cisel Hall at MSU, Billings, MT
Presented by Arts Without Boundaries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 7:30pm
Centrum, Pt Townsend, WA
Presented by Centrum and Copper Canyon Press

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Michelle’s Piano, Portland, OR (Tickets)
Presented by The Creative Music Guild

Friday, October 9th, 2015
The Shedd, Eugene, OR (Tickets)

Saturday, October 10th, 2015
As part of Earshot Jazz, Seattle, WA

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
Free Concert
White Center Community Center at Steve Cox Memorial Park
White Center, WA (birthplace of Richard Hugo)