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.

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"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion