The Week Ahead @ Henry

Get inspired by the multitude of art performances, lectures, and workshops happening this week! Also, the cherry blossoms are blooming so take the long way through the quad on your way to the Henry.

Object Narratives: Conversations With the Past – Inspiration and History
Thursday, March 19th, 7 – 8:30 PM
Join Sandra Kroupa, UW Library Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, for her presentation on how artists, researchers, and writers are inspired by connections with historical objects. The materials featured will be similar to those on view in the common S E N S E.

ArtBreak: Video//Yoga
Thursday, March 19th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. The classes are accompanied by video art and occur the third Thursday of every month.

Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.
Julia Greenway leads Video//Yoga.

… that language is shaped air … A performance by Juan Pampin with the Seattle Chamber Players
Friday, March 20th, 7 – 8 PM
Come listen to the Seattle Chamber Players play a piece written by Juan Pampin. This site-specific composition was inspired by the bullroarers in the common S E N S E.

Hugo at the Henry: Sense in Reading and Writing
Saturday, March 21st, 12 – 3 PM
This creative writing workshop is co-presented by the Henry and Hugo House and will be taught by Anca Szilaygi. This class invites participants to reconsider the sense of touch and our relationship with nature in response to the common S E N S E.

Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.
Reader/Scribe at Ann Hamilton Opening Day. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.

ArtBreak: Suzi Kozawa
Saturday, March 21st, 2:30 – 3 PM
Come see and listen to Musician Suzi Kozawa respond to the mechanical bullroarers using her invented “humbow” musical instrument!

Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit
Suzi Kozawa performing as part of Bull Roarchestra with Stuart Dempster. Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit

Mark Your Calendars: Hugo at the Henry!

On Saturday, March 21, the Henry and Hugo House are co-presenting a creative writing class in response to Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E. Participants will engage in the reader/scribe activity and discuss the many layers offered by the exhibition–the sense of touch, our relationship to nature, and being touched emotionally and intellectually through the private act of reading–and write creative responses about their personal experiences at the museum.

This one-day class is a mini-version of a longer series of creative writing classes in response to art at the Henry, which will be offered again in the fall. Both are taught by writer Anca Szilagyi.

Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.
Photo credit: Jonathan Vanderweit.

Perks include a free pass to return to the exhibition and the chance to submit creative work in response to the show on the Henry’s blog (what you are reading right now — your words here!).

If you would like to participate, please register through Hugo House.

Something Literary This Way Comes

Feeling the winter blues and need something to spice up your romance with writing this winter? The Henry and Hugo House are excited to help Seattlites find their writing inspiration this winter.

Hugo House instructor and UW MFA alum Anca Szilágyi will work with students mine the Henry collections for images to inspire their prose.

Students will be able to search our collections online and request to see a piece from our permanent collection not currently on view for the writing workshop. For example if you typed “winter” into the collection search it would return items like:


Wesley Conrad Wehr
Winter Sea (Neah Bay), 2002
Oil on mat board or card stock

Or this…

Helmi Dagmar Juvonen Winter Dance Time, 1946 Lithograph on paper
Helmi Dagmar Juvonen
Winter Dance Time, 1946
Lithograph on paper

Whether you are writing about a bridge, a flower, or a woman, you can find an object related to your theme. There is also our advanced search function which you can use to narrow down objects by subject, theme, materials, medium, and more. If you select the “choose a value” hyperlink next to the advanced search boxes and be given an auto-populated list to peruse. Another option is to select portrait and then create a story for Anca’s class about that person’s life.

If this sounds like just the thing to get you writing, please register before January 30th as the class size is limited and fills quickly.

If you need more encouragement, we asked Anca for some writing advice:

photo by Sayed Alamy
photo by Sayed Alamy

Henry:  What is your favorite food/drink for writing fuel?

Anca: I don’t usually eat and write (too distracting) but almonds and chocolate-covered espresso beans have been helpful.  I am mostly dependent on coffee.

Henry: Do you have any creative habits you cultivate?

Anca: Read every day. Write (nearly) every day.

Henry: What gets you to the page and start writing?

Anca: Habit, guilt, and whimsy. Also, great art. Also, coffee.

Henry: The AWP Writer Conference is coming to Seattle soon. Who would you love to meet if you could meet anyone attending?

Anca: Oh, gosh. 12,000 writers are expected to come to Seattle. I don’t know if she’ll be there, but I’d love to meet Anne Carson. Autobiography of Red is one of my favorite books.

Henry: What is your favorite spot to write on campus? In Seattle?

Anca: Aside from the Henry*, the Suzzallo Reading Room is always a pleasure. I have a few secret writing perches around town, but one not-so-secret favorite is the 40th floor of the Columbia Center, for its panoramic view.

Henry: What drew you to the Henry for this class collaboration?

Anca: Back when I was teaching Beginning Short Story Writing at the UW, Rachael Faust asked if I’d like to bring my class to the Henry. I said, heck yeah! The students loved the experience, as did I, and they wrote some incredible fiction as a result. When I started teaching at Richard Hugo House, we decided a six-week class would be really fun. The response so far has been great. I’m looking forward to teaching the class again.

Henry: Thanks, Anca, We can’t wait for class to start!

*No bribe was needed for this endorsement.

Hugo to the Henry: Writing with Visual Art

In conjunction with The Richard Hugo House, the Henry recently finished up a writing workshop series emphasizing visual arts as inspiration for writing. This entailed gathering media such as photographs, paintings, sculpture, and textiles to provide stimulus for new prose projects. Students were able to workshop one short story or essay as well as take part in a variety of exercises, discussions, and readings.

We are happy to announce that two of the writings completed by students as a result of this fantastic workshop will be posted on our blog! Thanks again to our wonderful students and our instructor, Anca Szilágyi.

Scroll down to read stories written by Lauren Shea and Judith Yarrow.

The Coat Dior

A hypertext by Lauren Shea

Click here to view the story.

Christian Dior (Boutique).Woman’s coat.1957. Plain weave. Heavy fulled wool with medium weight plain silk lining. Mrs. Theodore Plestcheeff Collection, 87.4-18

This short piece was written by a student of the Richard Hugo House who attended the writing workshop at the Henry.

John Divola, Zuma #4

John Divola. Zuma #4. 1978, reprinted 2012. Pigment print on rag paper. Monsen Study Collection of Photography, gift of Joseph and Elaine Monsen, replacement print by the artist, 2012.6


by Judith Yarrow

An old friend sent me a photo of the room I lived in back then. There’d been a fire in it. Charred rubbish was piled in the center of the room. The window panes of the two big windows in the corner of the room were shattered— by the fire or the firefighters.

In that corner had been a table and two chairs. The view was wonderful at all times but especially at sunset when the dark ultramarine of the sea slowly swallowed the rose and peach of the sky. A glass of wine, the distant sound of children playing in the street, the fragrance of  frangipani. The very hint of frangipani can bring it all back to me And the dreams I dreamt then, so rich. Every night the waves lapping on the shore filled my dreams, and in the morning the roosters crowed all over the village. It was a dreamtime in my life. I was so young and hopeful and trusting. Of course it couldn’t last. The burnt husk of a relationship eventually sent me running, but that table in the corner looking out at the sea is still an icon of that time when I thought I could learn the meaning of life and capture it in poems.

This short piece was written by a student of the Richard Hugo House who attended the writing workshop at the Henry.