The Sewanee Review is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry is Heather McHugh. McHugh has authored 12 books of poetry, including “Upgraded to Serious” (2009) and “Eyeshot” (2003), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as translations of Celan and Euripides. She has received numerous literary honors, including the Witter Bynner Fellowship, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
The 32nd Aiken Taylor celebration will take place on Feb. 6 and 7. University Provost Nancy Berner and Sewanee Review editor Adam Ross will present McHugh with the award at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Convocation Hall, after which McHugh will read from her body of work. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 p.m., New Yorker poetry critic Dan Chiasson will lecture on McHugh’s poetry in the McGriff Alumni House. In addition to his work as a critic, Chiasson has published four collections of poetry, most recently 2014’s Bicentennial, and he teaches at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.