Heather McHugh was born in San Diego, California, in 1948. A poet, essayist, and translator, McHugh has published four books of translation—including Glottal Stop: Poems of Paul Celan (with Nikolai Popov, 2001), which won the Griffin International Poetry Prize—as well as eight books of poetry, including Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993 (1994); Eyeshot (2004); and, most recently, Upgraded to Serious (2009). Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award, a United States Artists award, and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” In 1999 she received a Witter Bynner Fellowship from Library of Congress. McHugh served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999-2006, and in 2000 was elected a fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. She has taught creative writing at Warren Wilson College, Columbia University, the University of Iowa, the University of California Irvine, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was the Pollock Professor of Creative Writing. She lives in Seattle.
Audio Recordings with Heather McHugh
- Heather McHugh and Ellen Bryant Voigt reading their poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, Dec. 4, 1997