Visiting Writer: Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield’s most recent, eighth book of poetry is The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), appearing alongside a new book of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015). Previous books include Come, Thief (Knopf, 2011); After (HarperCollins, 2006), named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times (UK); and Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her earlier collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997), is considered a classic, as are the four books Hirshfield edited and co­translated presenting the work of world poets of the past. 

Hirshfield’s poems, described as “radiant and passionate” in The New York Times Book Review, “magnificent and distinctive” by The Irish Times, and “among the pantheon of the modern masters of simplicity” in the Washington Post,  have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Paris Review, Poetry, Harper’s, The New Republic, The American Poetry Review, and eight editions of The Best American Poetry. Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Donald Hall­ Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry, Columbia University’s Translation Center Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.