Jane Hirshfield
poet, essayist, translator
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Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent is Come, Thief. Her other collections include After, which was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times, Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award, The Lives of the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She also edited and co-translated four books containing the work of poets from the past.
Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; and (both twice) the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. In 2012 she received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.
In the fall of 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets and in 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy.