Renowned Poet Heather McHugh and friends sell manuscript critiques benefitting 

SEATTLE -- On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. EST, many of America’s best writers plan to publicly offer exclusive manuscript critiques. Critiques will be on sale for $400-$2,500 and all proceeds will go to charity. This rare opportunity to have literary work reviewed by renowned authors and poets–such as Philip Levine, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rae Armantrout, Lucia Perillo, Janet Burroway, Nicholas Delbanco, Elizabeth McCracken, Roger Rosenblatt, Rebecca Wells and more–is available only at

Spearheaded by recent MacArthur Genius Grant-recipient and Caregifted Executive Director Heather McHugh, the sale will raise money for long-term family caregivers who care for people living with severe disabilities. Caregifted continues to expand its artist-based initiatives building on efforts that have, in the last year alone, brought together Dale Chihuly, Molly Ringwald, Robert Pinsky, Laurie Anderson and many others to support caregivers.

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Participating authors include:

Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Robin Black, Matt Bell, Janet Burroway, Ron Carlson, Alexander Chee, Billy Collins, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Doty, Cornelius Eady, Therese A. Fowler, Daisy Fried, Linda Gregerson, Mark Halliday, Matthea Harvey, Tony Hoagland, Major Jackson, Ben Lerner, Philip Levine, Thomas Lux, Rebecca Makkai, Michael Martone, Elizabeth McCracken, Joyelle McSweeney, Eileen Myles, Lucia Perillo, Joanna Rakoff, Roger Rosenblatt, Natalie Serber, Brenda Shaughnessy, Rebecca Wells, Joe Wenderoth, Hilma Wolitzer, Laura van den Berg, Dean Young, Matthew Zapruder

How it Works:
The Caregifted Manuscript Critique Sale will officially open Tuesday November 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST and will close at midnight the same day. One literary critique can be purchased from each author for a fixed price on a first-come-first-serve basis. The critiques range in price from $400-$2500. When it is sold, the writer will be marked as "SOLD." Shop the sale early for your best chance at getting the critique you want. All proceeds from the sale go to benefit caregivers. Special thanks to everyone participating in the sale.

About Caregifted:

CAREGIFTED awards one-week breaks to full-time caregivers for people with severe disabilities. CAREGIFTED’s purpose is to renew and restore the hearts and minds of these often unrecognized and unpaid laborers, and deliver hope to those who need it most. CAREGIFTED plans to award ten trips per year to qualified caregivers, whose applications have been vetted through a committee screening process and given priority status.

About Heather McHugh:

Heather McHugh’s passion for nature and the arts shaped the course of her life as a teacher and poet, for some 40 years (she’s responsible for 13 books of poems, essays and translations. Read more on Heather’s Wikipedia page and The Academy of American Poets profile). But in 2011 the birth of her godson’s first child, a special-needs daughter, inspired McHugh to imagine forms of respite and reinvigoration for lifelong family caregivers—and so Caregifted began. 

AuthorKavan Peterson