McCue headshot bio--Randlett 2013Frances McCue joins Creative Ground as a strategic partner.  She was the Founding Director of Richard Hugo House, a literary center on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Frances’ scholarly work connects the process of writing to the practices of workplace development—her dissertation, The Triggering Place, was an activist’s analysis of how creative ventures like Hugo House take root within communities.

(2013 Photo by Mary Randlett)

As a Public Scholar, Engagement Strategist and Arts Instigator, Frances is passionate about engaging people in powerful inquiries and challenges. Using the practices she has developed at Columbia University, the University of Washington and in classrooms and meeting rooms across the country, she inspires individuals and organizations to engage with new creative projects and reengage with the work at hand. Her work leverages collaboration, enriches dialogue, flattens hierarchies, develops new models of work and articulates frames of reference and practice.

Projects have included work with MOHAI; a start up education initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Integrated Social Sciences degree completion program at the University of Washington; Mary Randlett Portraits, a book collaboration with the great photographer Mary Randlett and service as a Panelist and Site Evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Frances is also a poet and essayist who has published four books and is a winner of the Washington State Book Award. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer and Writer in Residence in the University Honors Program at the University of Washington.

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“Frances inspired me to think more expansively about my creative life… What I learned has proved seminal to the development of my writing practice, which has, in turn, caused me to consider the world differently.  Listening to her assess my writing practice, I was surprised and relieved when she summed up what I’ve been struggling to describe for months – namely that my work is about making writing and the creative process visible.”

— Gabriela Denise Frank, Olson Kundig Architects

“I had the pleasure of working with Frances after hiring her as an instructor for a professional development program for literary artists. Not only was she extremely generous with her professional knowledge, but she had a wide range of skills to cultivate an engaging and stimulating setting for maximum adult learning. Her information was solid and consistent, but she was also inventive and led an organic, but controlled classroom setting. I would highly recommend her for any organization lucky enough to have her and look forward to hiring her again in the future.”

— Nichole DeMent, Executive Director at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

“I am really grateful that I had an opportunity to work with Frances. She has a vast knowledge of writing instruction and literature, and she also knows how to engage and motivate people in educational settings. All this is coupled with deep and practical knowledge of what it takes to build and sustain a nonprofit. She is an excellent collaborator and has a wonderful mind!”

— Paul Teske, Engagement Manager at The Teaching Channel

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