Richard Hugo

1923–1982

Richard Hugo was a beloved mentor to aspiring writers, both as a long-time creative writing teacher at the University of Montana and as editor of the Yale Younger Poets series. Born near Seattle, Washington, he published his first book in 1961, having previously served as a bombardier in WWII, studied with Theodore Roethke, and worked as a technical writer for Boeing Aeronautics. His poetry is notable for its compassion, seeming artlessness, and poignant evocation of the small towns and sublime landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion