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Maxine Cushing Gray Lecture: Heather McHugh
Kane Hall, room 210, UW Seattle campus

Heather McHugh

Please join the University of Washington Libraries and the UWAA in honoring the  2014–2015 Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writers Award winner Heather McHugh during this presentation and lecture. On this occasion, McHugh will speak on "The Art of Meaning."

A significant voice in American literature for over four decades, McHugh is the author of eight volumes of poetry, numerous translated works and a book of essays on poetics.

Her verbal playfulness and expressive range are evident in her translation of Euripides' Cyclops (2001) as well as her widely respected series of essays, Broken English: Poetry and Partiality (1993), in which she examines language, culture and poetry in works by author ranging from Aeschylus to Dickinson to Rilke. 

From 1999 to 2006, she was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2001 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2009 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

McHugh received a B.A., '70, from Harvard University and an M.A., '72, from the University of Denver. She was the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and Pollock Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington from 1984 until her retirement in 2014.


The Maxine Cushing Gray Award was established in 1985 at The Seattle Foundation by friends and admirers of the late Maxine Cushing Gray to honor her contributions to journalism and her tireless encouragement of excellence in writing. In 2004, the award fund was moved to the UW Libraries.

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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