Heather McHugh

b. 1948
Heather McHugh

Few contemporary poets have more fun with language than Heather McHugh, whose linguistically dazzling verse is both playful and profound. Born of Canadian parents in San Diego, California, she grew up in Virginia and attended Harvard. In 1994 McHugh’s volume Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993 was a finalist for the National Book Award; her latest collection, Eyeshot, appeared in 2003. A translator and critic as well as poet, she has been a popular presence at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the creative writing faculty at the University of Washington.

What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion