Heather McHugh was born to Canadian parents in San Diego in 1948 and grew up in Virginia. She has published several books of poetry and literary essays. She teaches as a core faculty member in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and as Milliman Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington, Seattle.
She is the author of several books of poetry and literary essays, including The Father of the Predicaments; Shades (1988); To the Quick (1987); A World of Difference (1981); and Dangers (1977). In 1993, she published Hinge & Sign: Poems 1968-1993, which was a National Book Award finalist, winner of the Pollock/Harvard Book Review prize in 1994 and was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review.