Seattle NPR stations KUOW and KPLU both aired feature stories this week on poet Heather McHugh's groundbreaking nonprofit Caregifted to promote the November 25th Caregifted Arts Works Manuscript Critique fundraiser.
Ross Reynolds, host of KUOW's The Record, sat down with McHugh to discuss why she used her 2009 McArthur "Genius" grant to launch a non-profit that awards respite getaways to people who have spent a decade or more taking care of a family member full-time.
KPLU reporter Ashley Gross visited the home of Caregifted respite getaway recipient Tricia Elsner of Federal Way, Wash. Elsner has triplet 17-year-old sons, two of whom live with severe autism.
Elsner was awarded a week-long respite getaway in the fishing village of Eastport, Maine, last year.
“It was the first time in many, many years that I only had to worry about myself,” Elsner told KPLU. “I didn’t have to worry about getting anybody their meds, if anybody was going to tantrum and set anybody off. It was just unbelievable.”
The broadcasts were timed to promote the annual Caregifted Arts Works Manuscript Critique fundraiser on November 25, 2014, that offers the rare opportunity to have manuscripts critiqued by some of the top writers in America. The one-day event includes 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.
Click here to listen to the full report Seattle Poet Uses MacArthur Grant Money To Give Vacations To Exhausted Caregivers at KPLU.org.
Click here to listen to the full interview From Poet To Caregiver: Heather McHugh On New Nonprofit Work at KUOW.org.