Upcoming Events

April 1, 2017 in Seattle: "A Poet, A Playwright, A novelist, and a Drag Queen." At the 2017 APRIL book festival.  8pm at Hugo House.

April 17, 2017 in Seattle: "Fail Again. Fail Better: A Conversation on Artistic Failure" with Valerie Curtis-Newton, Sheila Klein, and Ahamefule Oluo, at Northwest Film Forum at 7pm. More info HERE.

April 26, 2017 in Seattle: "Local Voices Reading" by Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS writers. Full lineup TBA. At Hotel Sorrento's Fireside Room, 7pm.

Peter will also be acting as emcee for all of the Hugo House Literary Series events in the 2016-17 season. Events will be on October 14, November 4, February 17, and April 7. More info HERE.

Past Events

March 16, 2017:  Q&A with Mary Gaitskill following her lecture "The Inner Weave: Mystery and Imagery in Fiction" in Seattle, WA.

February 28, 2017: reading at Capitol Cider in Seattle, WA.

February 11, 2017:  "The Resuscitation of Childhood: A WITS Reading," with Nina Swamidoss McConigley and Glenn Shaheen, at AWP 2017 in Washington, DC.

January 14, 2017: Craft lecture at "Write Here Write Now," at the Mount Baker Community Club, with the Seattle7Writers, Seattle, WA.

December 3, 2016: Book release party for "What to Read in the Rain 2016," at The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Seattle, WA.

October 27, 2016: "A Fool and His/Her Money," with Nicole Hardy, Ross McMeekin, and Paulette Perhach. At Seattle Lit Crawl 2016.

September 7, 2016: "Reading in with Peter Mountford,"  a series that seeks new and different perspectives on visual art through group engagement with written and visual material. At the Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University. Seattle, WA.

April 2, 2016: "The New Globalism," with Marlon James, Marie Mockett, and Sunil Yapa. At 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

April 1, 2016: "Domingo Martinez, Susan Orlean, and Jess Walter: The Thrills and Perils of A Screen Adaptation, Sponsored by Hugo House" (as moderator). At 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

March 31, 2016: "Hugo House Literary All Stars" (as moderator), featuring Jess Walter, Roxane Gay, Nick Flynn, Natalie Diaz, and Jennine Capo Crucet. At 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. 

March 9, 2016: a reading and conversation with Sean Beaudoin and Jonathan Evison. Third Place Books Ravenna (that pub downstairs), Seattle, WA.

March 3rd, 2016: Q&A with Daniel Handler after his talk on "Writing as Burglary," at Hugo House. Seattle, WA.

February 27, 2016: "Radical Empathy: The Role of Compassion in Our Global Economy," a conversation with Sunil Yapa. At the Search For Meaning Book Festival at Seattle University. Seattle, WA.

February 5, 2016: "“Capital Crisis: Personal Identity in an Era of Globalized Late Capitalism" -- a second-year PhD speaker series department colloquium at University of Illinois Chicago, as part of the second-year reading series. Chicago, Illinois.

January 7, 2016: A reading from Extraordinary Rendition with editor Ru Freeman, and contributors Tess Gallagher, Peter Mountford, and Alice Rothchild,  at Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA.

January 5, 2016: "Reading with Margaret Malone," at Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA.

December 14, 2015: Northwest Playwright's Alliance Annual Literary Salon, at the Seattle Rep, Seattle, WA.

November 28, 2015: Indie's First event at Mercer Island Books. Mercer Island, WA.

November 28, 2015: Indie's First event with Nicole Hardy and Sonora Jha at Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA.

August 12, 2015: "Reading with Peter Mountford, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Linda Gregerson," At Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 2015. Ripton, Vermont.

June 26, 2015: "Lopez Island Family Resource Center Fundraiser," as featured speaker. Lopez Island, WA.

May 9, 2015: "Literary Voices" with Robert Schenkkan and others. University of Washington.

April 10, 2015: "Nerd Novels: Exploring Worlds of Knowledge in Fiction" with Susan M. Gaines, Jean Hegland, and Michael Byers. At AWP 2015 Conference in Minneapolis, MN. April 10th.

April 9, 2015: "Far Out: Travel as Research for Fiction and Poetry" with Josh Weil, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Tiphanie Yanique. At AWP 2015 Conference in Minneapolis, MN. April 9th.

February 7, 2015: "Write Here, Write Now," with Seattle7Writers at Fremont Abby in Seattle, WA.

January 22, 2015: "Dock Street Salon" with Elissa Washuta. At Phinney Books, in Seattle, WA.

January 14, 2015: "Castalia Reading Series" with Maya Sonenberg and others. Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA.

November 22, 2014: "Holiday Bookfest" Seattle7Writers, at Phinney Center, in Seattle, WA. 

October 23, 2014: "Lit Crawl: APRIL in October"  with Spike Friedman, and Rebeca Brown. At Still Liquor in Seattle, WA. 

October 10-11, 2014: Humanities Montana - Festival Of The Book. Missoula, Montana. Reading and panel.

September 12, 2014: "Bedtime Stories Seattle Gala and Reading" with Nancy Pearl, Charles Johnson, and Elizabeth Heffron. Fairmont Olympic, Seattle, WA. More info here. [Note: you need a ticket to attend this event]

August 30, 2014: "Literary Death Match: at Bumbershoot" with W. Kamau Bell, Sara Benincasa, Jamaal May, and Rachel Shukert. At Bumbershoot. Seattle, WA. More info here.

July 6, 2014: "Economics Sonnets" a craft talk at Tin House Summer Workshop. Reed College, Portland, OR.

July 13, 2014: Reading with Lacy Johnson, Bianca Stone, Vanessa Veselka at Tin House Summer Workshop. Reed College, Portland, OR.

July 8, 2014: Reading and discussion with Josh Weil, author of the new novel The Great Glass Sea. Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA.

June 28, 2014: "Adventures in Narrative Design," a panel with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Joanna Kenyon, and Jeff Bender. 10:15am. Also, "Experimenting With Narrative Time," a craft talk and class. At Chuckanut Writers Conference. Bellingham, WA. May 3, 2014: Reading with Douglas Watson, Elliott Bay Bookstore, Seattle, WA.

April 12, 2014: Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, Oregon.  

April 10, 2014: Reading at Lehigh University. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

March 29, 2014: Reading and craft class at Village Books, Bellingham, WA.

March 27, 2014: Reading at Couth Buzzard Books. Seattle, WA.

March 22, 2014: Literary Lions Gala, King County Library System. Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Bellevue, Washington.

March 20, 2014: Gray Skies Reading Series. At Oly Rock Fish Grill in Olympia, WA.

March 14, 2014: Hugo House Lit Series: "Family Ties." Emcee of event with new writing by David Guterson, Matthew Dickman, Wendy Call, and new music by Rick Miller. Hugo House, Seattle, WA.  

March 13, 2014: Wage Slaves Reading with Maged Zaher, Sierra Golden, Matthew Nienow, Jane Hodges, and Michelle Goodman. At Office Nomads. Seattle, WA.

March 10, 2014: Reading and talk at Edmonds Library. Edmonds, WA.

March 8, 2014:  Reading at The Book Cellar with Gina Frangello, Chicago, IL.

March 5, 2014: Reading at Magers & Quinn. Minneapolis, MN.

March 2, 2014:  Reading at Politics and Prose Books. Washington, DC.

March 1, 2014: "A Reading by Hugo House Writers-in-Residence Past and Present." Reading at AWP 2014 with Ed Skoog, Karen Finneyfrock, Angela Jane Fountas, and Ryan Boudinot. Seattle, WA.

February 28, 2014: "All Publishers Great and Small: Reexamining the Book Business in the 21st Century." Panel discussion at AWP 2014 with Matt Bell, Alissa Nutting, Kevin Sampsell, and Amelia Gray. Seattle, WA.

February 27, 2014:  Tin House Books and Wave Books reading with Dorthea Laskey, Matthew Zapruder, and Bianca Stone at Chop Suey, Seattle, WA. Hosted by Tumblr.

February 27, 2014: Peter moderated a conversation between David Guterson and Erik Larson. AWP Seattle. Sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and Seattle Arts & Lectures.

February 20, 2014: The Center For Fiction. With Adam Wilson. New York, NY.

February 19, 2014: The Community Bookstore. With Sam Lipsyte. Brooklyn, NY.

February 18, 2014: Booksmith. With Peter Orner. San Francisco, CA.

February 16, 2014:  Powell's World Of Books. Portland, OR.

February 13, 2014: Book Launch Party for The Dismal Science. Hugo House, in Seattle.

February 7, 2014: Q&A With Bob Shacochis following his "Word Works" talk on Time. At the Hugo House, Seattle.

January 21-24, 2014:  American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute 9. Seattle, Washington.

November 30, 2013: For "Small Business Saturday," Peter appeared as a guest bookseller at Couth Buzzard Books, Santoro's Books, and University Bookstore. 

November 2-3, 2013: Northwest Bookfest. Solo talk on book promotion and a panel on the importance of community with Nicole Hardy, Karen Finneyfrock, Kary Wayson, and Tara Hardy.

October 25-27, 2013:  Whidbey Island Writers Conference on Whidbey Island, Washington.

October 24, 2013:  Lit Crawl Seattle, Tin House Reading with Kevin Sampsell, Cari Luna. Emceed by Matthew Dickman.

October 7, 2013: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Annual Tradeshow, Feast of Authors. Portland, Oregon.

October 6, 2013:  The 28th Annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference in Edmonds, Washington.

September 7, 2013:  The Mazama Festival of Books"A Matter of Principle" with Scott Elliott. Mazama, Washington.

August 15, 2013:  An Evening with Peter Orner (Q&A with Orner) at Hugo House in Seattle.

July 18, 2013: Reading with Jodi Angel and Jennine Capo Crucet at Hugo House in Seattle.

March 27, 2013: A POET, A PLAYWRIGHT, A NOVELIST AND A DRAGQUEEN A competitive storytelling event featuring Elissa Ball, Neil Ferron, Peter Mountford and Cherdonna, respectively. The Sorrento Hotel as a part of APRIL Festival.

March 21, 2013Lit Fix Reading with Sean Beaudoin, Jami Attenberg, and Suzanne Morrison at Comet Tavern in Seattle. Sponsored by Canteen Magazine and ZYZZYVA

March 5, 2013: Castalia Reading: March 2013 at Hugo House, with Rick Kenney, Rich Smith, Tara Atkinson, and Mickie Centrone

January 30, 2013:  State of the Book Salon 2 at Hugo House with Jon Fine (Amazon), Robert Sindelar (Third Place Books). Moderated by Garth Stein

December 8, 2012: What To Read In The Rain launch party, with Chelsea Cain and Jared Leising at 826 Seattle

November 7, 2012:  "Works-in-Progress Reading" at Hugo House, with Irene Keliher, Corinne Manning, Sierra Nelson, and Michael Overa

October 18, 2012:  Lit Crawl Seattle "After Party," at Hugo House. With Elizabeth Austen and Book-It Repertory Theater

August 16, 2012: "TRAINWRECK: A Celebration of Bad Celebrity Memoirs" At the Rendezvous Theater in Seattle. With Sean Beaudoin, Kevin Emerson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Laurie Frankel, Cienna Madrid of The Stranger, and Jarret Middleton; hosted by Brian McGuigan

July 28, 2012: "Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues Reading Series" at Liberty Bar in Seattle with Bill Carty, Alicia Jo Rabins, Michael Shilling, and Ross White

June 28, 2012: Bi-Lingual Reading and Discussion of Peter's second novel, The Dismal Science. At the Beacon Bill Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

April 21, 2012: "Huskyfest"  The University of Washington Celebrates Its First 150 Years. At the University of Washington.

March 10, 2012: "Literary Lions Gala" with Ryan Boudinot, Neal Stephenson, Urban Waite, Dave Boling, Lee Child, Nancy Pearl, Elizabeth George, Sean Beaudoinin, and others. Bellevue, WA

March 8, 2012: "Cheap Beer and Prose" with Harold Taw and Litsa Dremousis at the Hugo House. 

March 3, 2012: "Other Lives, Other Worlds: Writing Outside Ourselves" with Josh Weil, Lily Tuck, Skip Horack, Ta-Nehisi Coates. At the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Chicago, IL

March 1, 2012: "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading" with Alexander Chee, Dean Bakopolous, and Bruce Machart. At the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Chicago, IL

October 26, 2011: "Brave New Books" Possion Sound Writers Reading Series with Melissa Stein at Whiethorse Hall Open Gallery at Everett Community College, in Everett, WA

October 15, 2011:   "Goons and Greed," a panel conversation with Jennifer Egan and Lawrence Douglas. Moderated by Henriette Lazaridis Power at The Boston Book Festival in Boston, MA

October 8, 2011: Reading with Steve Almond at Wordstock Festival in Portland, OR

October 9, 2011: "In Search of the Elusive Male Reader" a panel with Tom Bissell and Chelsea Cain at Wordstock Festival in Portland, OR

October 1, 2011: Did It Really Happen or Did You Make it Up? Historical Novels panel at Northwest Bookfest with Kathleen Alcala, Dave Boling, Bill Dietrich, Maria Dahvana Headley, and Craig Welch. In Kirkland, WA

September 22, 2011: David Shields vs. Peter Mountford Debate/Discussion of Reality vs. Fiction at Couth Buzzard Bookstore in Seattle, WA

September 17, 2011: Who? New! at Brooklyn Book Festival with Barbara Browning, Haley Tanner, and Samuel Park in Brooklyn, NY

August, 16, 2011: Reading at Elliott Bay Book Company (for Hotel Angeline, a novel) in Seattle, WA

July 26, 2011: Reading at RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

June 22, 2011: Reading at Revolution Books, Seattle, Washington

June 16, 2011: Reading at King's English. Salt Lake City, Utah

June 4, 2011: Babylon Salon Reading Series, with D.A. Powell, Michael Jayme-Becerra, Phil Lang, Leticia Del Toro, and Teresa Burns.  San Francisco, California

May 21, 2011: Reading at Village Books, Bellingham, WA

May 15, 2011: Reading at Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA

May 25, 2011: Group reading and discussion of Hotel Angeline at University Bookstore in Seattle, WA. For more information see the Hotel Angeline page at Open Road Media.

May 27, 2011: Reading at Third Place Books in Seattle, WA

May 7, 2011: Reading at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA

May 5, 2011: Gray Skies Reading Series. The Swing Wine Bar. Olympia, WA

May 4, 2011: Loggernaut Reading Series (with Marie-Elizabeth Mali and David Wolman) Portland, OR

April 30 , 2011: Reading at Politics and Prose. Washington, DC

April 26 , 2011: Reading D.B.A. Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

April 26 , 2011: Reading at Centenary College. Hackettstown, NJ

April 25 , 2011: Cocktails for Peter Mountford's novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism. Moran's Restaurant and Bar. New York, NY

April 23, 2011: Reading and Keynote Address, Verbal Arts Festival. Springfield, Illinois

April 23, 2011: Reading at Bookcellar with Patrick Somerville. Chicago, Illinois

April 21, 2011: Reading at Magers and Quinn Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 18, 2011: Reading at Capitola Book Cafe  Capitola, California

April 16, 2011: Reading at Book Passage. Corte Madera, California

April 15 , 2011: Reading at Booksmith. San Francisco, California

April 14 , 2011: Reading at Powell's City of Books (Burnside) with Alexi Zentner, author of Touch (Norton). Portland, Oregon

April 6, 2011: The Off Hours Spring reading (as host) featuring Ed Skoog, Urban Waite, and Paullette Gaudet. At Sole Repair, Seattle, WA

March 1, 2011: Castalia at the Richard Hugo House with David Shields and others

February 3, 2011: Debut Books by Recent Bread Loaf Waiters, a reading with Jennine Capó Crucet, Tiphanie Yanique and Alexi Zentner, emceed by Michael Collier. Busboys and Poets. Washington, DC

February 5, 2011: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting a First Book” with Téa Obreht, Adrienne Brodeur, Alexi Zentner, Jill Bialosky, and Noah Eaker; emceed by Josh Weil. At the 2011 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Washington, DC

January 20, 2011: Reading and Guest Lecture for the Writer's on Writing Seminar at the University of Washington

December 2, 2010: "WITS Faculty Reading", with Amber Flame, Kathleen Flenniken, Nicole Hardy, Rachel Kessler, Colleen O'Brien, & Storme Webber. At the Richard Hugo House in Seattle

October 13, 2010: Reading with Maria Dahvana Headley and Erik Larson

October 10, 2010: The Novel: Live at The Richard Hugo House in Seattle

October 7, 2010: Celebration of Authors Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association Tradeshow Portland, OR Holiday Inn

September 8, 2010: Stage Fright I’m hosting 2010-2011’s first “Stage Fright” at the Richard Hugo House. I’ll read from my second novel, Kamikaze, and various teens will read their work, too. Event is sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

June 19, 2010: PLOP! Cabaret reading

June 19, 2010: Word Salad reading, Bobby Morris Park

May 21-23, 2010: Finding Readers in the 21st Century, a writer’s conference at the Richard Hugo House. Two panels during the weekend-long conference: “Agents, Editors, Publishing Houses and the Business of Publishing” with Alan Rinzler, Elizabeth Wales and Lyanda Haupt; and “Rejection: Get Over It” with Bruce Taylor and Wendy Call

April 15, 2010: SAM Word reading, with Kevin Emerson, Eli Hastings, and Margot Khan Case, Seattle Art Museum

April 13, 2010: Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers-in-Residence Reading, The Richard Hugo House

April 9, 2010: Death Issues: A Reading by Contributors to Seattle Review’s Death-Themed Issues, (with David Kirby, Janet Desaulniers, Robin Hemley, David Shields, and Dorianne Laux) AWP Conference – Denver, CO

March 2, 2010: Castalia (with David Shields and others), The Richard Hugo House

January 27, 2010: InPrint Panel, Traditional or Low-Res MFA Programs: What’s Right for You?,  Hugo House

November 30, 2009: Screening of “The Wire” Followed by Q & A With Novelist and Screenwriter Richard Prince, Seattle Art Museum

September 4, 2009: Bumbershoot, “Wax-on/Wax-off Reading,” Seattle, WA

May 6, 2009: The Off Hours, Jewel Box Theater, Seattle, WA

February 27, 2009: Creative Writing Colloquium: Life After the MFA, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA

January 13, 2009: Instructional Invitational: How to be New Anew, The Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA

February 2, 2008: Best New American Voices 2008 (with Richard Bausch, Natalie Danford, David James Poissant, and Elizabeth Kadetsky), Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2008 Conference, New York, NY

December 13, 2007: Best New American Voices 2008 (with Tucker Capps and Stefan McKinstray) University Bookstore, Seattle, WA

October 13, 2006: Native Son: A Reading From The Play (with David Guterson and Charles Johnson) at Faire Café, Seattle, WA