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Heather McHugh is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and many other honors, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has told the PBS NewsHour: “The great paradox of poetry is it’s the smallest unit of language you can make that releases the greatest number of readings. That’s what it’s for, if you ask me.” In addition to poetry, McHugh has written a collection of literary essays. Her new poetry collection is “Upgraded to Serious” (Copper Canyon Press).