Heather McHugh received a B.A. (1970) from Harvard University and an M.A. (1972) from the University of Denver. Her additional books of poetry include “The Father of Predicaments” (2001), “Hinge and Sign: Poems, 1968-1993” (1994), and “A World of Difference” (1981), among others.
From 1999 to 2006 she served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and she is currently Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle, a post she has held since 1984.
In alternating semesters, McHugh has taught at the low-residency MFA Program for Writers (now at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.) since its second year of existence in New England some decades ago.
In September 2009, McHugh was named a MacArthur Fellow, receiving $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.
Heather McHugh reads more of her poetry in these four web exclusives.