I met Heather McHugh briefly in 2007 when she came to New York City to launch the 2007 edition of The Best American Poetry, for which she served as guest editor. I recently asked her to update us on CAREGIFTED, the important organization she created with her 2009 MacArthur Fellowship. CAREGIFTED provides all-expense paid vacations for caregivers, those who often abandon careers to dedicate reserves of energy to the care of loved-ones. Here's what Heather writes:
“Caregivers spare family and society the sorrows and costs of full-time institutionalizations at the price of their own freedom. We owe them a break,” she says of her encore calling. “Too long unseen and unsung, these heroes have much to teach about love.”- See more at: http://www.encore.org/heather-mchugh#sthash.c0ndPFSM.dpuf
CAREGIFTED is hosting a jazz and poetry soiree/fundraiser on February 28, in Seattle, which happens to coincide with the time when many of us will be attending AWP. The party will feature MOLLY RINGWALD, the film star and jazz singer, ROBERT PINSKY, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, and LAURENCE HOBGOOD, a brilliant jazz pianist plus a poetry reading by Heather.
Please give this worthy organization your full support?