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 actually enjoy poetry! When I started participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in the 9th grade I hated poetry, but as I continued to participate over the years I grew a love and appreciation for the art form, and poetry is now a part of my identity."
Irvin Mason, Jr.
2016 USVI POL Champion