Heather McHugh is the author of eight collections of poetry collections, as well as several works of translation and criticism. Her collection Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968–1993 won the Bingham Poetry Prize. She is also the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Griffin Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a MacArthur Genius Grant. In 1999 she was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. McHugh is Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2009, she founded the nonprofit organization CAREGIFTED, which provides weeklong respites and artistic resources for full-time caregivers.